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Dupaco ranked top 5 large workplace in Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa–Dupaco Community Credit Union has been named a “Top Workplace” in 2021 by the Des Moines Register. The member-owned financial cooperative ranked No. 5 in the large employer category.

The Register recognized 130 Iowa companies as a “Top Workplace” based solely on feedback provided by those who work there. Dupaco has garnered a “Top Workplace” recognition each year that it has participated in the Des Moines Register survey: 2021, 2019, 2016, 2011.

In addition to the organizational recognition, Dupaco President and CEO Joe Hearn was recognized with the 2021 Leadership Award. This award is given to a leader based on responses from their company employees during the annual survey.

The Register’s research partner, Energage, LLC, surveys employees at participating workplaces and then ranks the employers based on the results. Companies are ranked in small, medium and large categories. Employees evaluate everything from their work environment to their organization’s leadership. “Top Workplaces” are not only better places to work but are more likely to be more successful than peer organizations, the Register asserts.

“As a member-owned cooperative, Dupaco’s mission is to improve each member’s financial position,” Hearn says. “This task is successfully achieved by a team of passionate and engaged employees. We value their feedback and acknowledge that we have more work to do.”

Any Iowa organization with 35 or more employees is eligible to participate in the Register’s annual employer recognition program.


Dupaco Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative. It is dedicated to the financial sustainability of its members, and specializes in customized financial counseling, money advice and education. It offers savings, loans, investments, insurance and wealth management products for individuals and businesses. Dupaco serves residents in 112 counties throughout Iowa, northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Chartered in 1948, membership totals more than 142,000 with assets exceeding $2.6 billion. Visit Dupaco at

Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 57,000 organizations representing well over 19 million employees in the United States. Visit Energage at

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