FlyDBQ Campaign - Fundraising, Naming and Recognition

Many individuals and organizations have helped influence and develop the Airport into the beautiful facility it is today. Through the FlyDBQ Campaign, the public and private sector has the opportunity to create lasting legacy — to honor family, friends, and neighbors in a meaningful and visible way at the Dubuque Regional Airport.

The history of the Dubuque Regional Airport started in 1911 at a racetrack off U.S. Highway 52, then moved to Hamm Island on the Mississippi River and finally in the late 1940’s, city and county leaders relocated the Airport to approximately eight miles south of Dubuque on U.S. Highway 61 South. 

Individuals or organizations can partner with the FlyDBQ campaign in various ways.  There are opportunities to name a building, name a conference room, be part of a Tri-state Area Contribution to Aviation Recognition Video or other amenity to recognize a family member, friend, or business who helped shape the local tri-state aviation community. Your contribution to the campaign will ensure our local Airport continues to enhance the quality of life for Dubuque and the tri-state region while preserving their important legacy.

The Dubuque Regional Airport Commission has approved a Fundraising and Naming Recognition Policy for Major Capital Projects on Airport property or under Dubuque Regional Airport Commission jurisdiction, that fairly and equitably recognizes generous contributions and ensures that philanthropic traditions are fostered.  Donors will be treated consistently, fairly and equitably in ways that support the Dubuque Regional Airport, the tri-state region and its values as a department of the City of Dubuque.

Interested parties must fill out an application form (click here) which is available either online at the Dubuque Regional Airport’s website, www.flydbq.com or in person at the Dubuque Regional Airport Administration Office, located at 11000 Airport Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52003.

Once the application is returned to the Dubuque Regional Airport Administration Office, either via email or paper form, the Airport Commission will receive and file the donation application at a future Airport Commission meeting.  Committee members will be appointed to review and research each donation application and present their findings to the Airport Commission with their recommendation(s).  The Airport Commission will vote to accept or deny each donation request.

Naming Rights, Levels, Amenities

Naming rights, levels and amenities will be proposed by an individual, business, or non-profit organization to the Dubuque Regional Airport Commission and staff via an application process.

Donor Recognition Areas

If a project has a donor recognition area proposed for listing donations, recognition, in one place on the site, the design of the donor area must be approved by the Dubuque Regional Airport Commission and staff. 

Naming Conventions

Names that are discriminatory or derogatory will not be considered.  If a name is determined to be inappropriate, incorrect or offensive, a process to identify an alternate name will be required.  Naming shall generally be first and last name, business or non-profit, or group, unless another form is specifically requested by the donor and approved by the Dubuque Regional Airport Commission and Airport Staff.

Naming Commitment – Length of Recognition and Name Change

Each donor or donor representative must sign a letter of agreement that clearly defines the terms and conditions of the donation.  This agreement will outline the donation and length of time for the naming/recognition right.

The Dubuque Regional Airport at its sole discretion, upon request by the donor, may make a one-time change to the name credited on a plaque or donor area provided there is a substantive reason for the name change.  The donor will pay all costs associated with the name change including staff time.  It is possible that the change may not be able to happen due to the donor recognition design.  The name change will need to be approved by the Dubuque Regional Airport Commission and Airport Staff.

Revoking Names in Certain Situations

In certain circumstances, the Dubuque Regional Airport reserves the right to revoke and terminate its obligation regarding a naming with no financial obligation for returning any received contributions to the benefactor.  These actions and the circumstances that prompt them, may apply to an approved naming that has not yet been acted upon or to a conferred naming.

  • If the benefactor’s or honoree’s reputation changes substantially so that the continued use of that name may compromise the public trust or otherwise be contrary to the best interest of the Dubuque Regional Airport, the naming may be revoked.  If the benefactor fails to maintain payments/pledge commitments, the name may be revoked.

Platinum Level - For donations of $250,000 or larger, the donor will receive the following amenities for ten (10) years:

  • Naming rights to portion of Airport
  • Social Media Recognition (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Flydbq.com)
  • Tri-state Area Contribution to Aviation Recognition Video in Commercial Passenger Terminal (if applicable)
  • Quarterly thank you in newsprint and billboards

Gold Level - For donations of $100,000, the donor will receive the following amenities for five (5) years:

  • Naming rights to portion of Airport
  • Social Media Recognition (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Flydbq.com)
  • Tri-state Area Contribution to Aviation Recognition Video in Commercial Passenger Terminal (if applicable)
  • Quarterly thank you in newsprint and billboards

Silver Level - For donations of $50,000, the donor will receive the following amenities for two (2) years:

  • Social Media Recognition (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Flydbq.com)
  • Tri-state Area Contribution to Aviation Recognition Video in Commercial Passenger Terminal (if applicable)
  • Quarterly thank you in newsprint and billboards

Copper Level - For donations of $5,000, the donor will receive the following amenities for one (1) year:

  • Social Media Recognition (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Flydbq.com)
  • Tri-state Area Contribution to Aviation Recognition Video in Commercial Passenger Terminal (if applicable)