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MEET NANCY DEBOER

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AMBASSADOR FOR CHARACTER

I usually think of awarding others when I talk about character, having written and presented over 100 character awards to citizens in our community over the past 17 years.  As I consider my work as mayor over the last three years, I believe perseverance and creativity have really helped me get the job done. I have a proven record of staying on course to finish the project for the citizens of Holland, no matter what the press or nay-sayers may say. Creativity was critical in leading the Pay-it-forward Holland initiative, in generating and developing the idea of a Labor Day Boardwalk, and yes, in working through the Civic Center remodel. I have been willing to persevere when others said it couldn't be done.  I “tied myself to the railroad tracks” to complete the fiscally responsible but still Holland quality renovation of the Civic Center Place. After just two years as mayor, I was honored to cut the ribbon to the finished George and Lucile Heeringa Civic Center, with no new taxes due to 33% of the costs covered by generous donations. We are now using our public feedback models from the BPW energy plant journey and the Civic Center to develop the Waterfront Holland initiative for ALL our citizens. #Letsdothis!

 

BIO

"I was born in Grand Rapids and while growing up my parents moved to Ohio and Illinois. After marriage to my husband Jim we moved from the Chicago area into the city of Holland 30 years ago, as I found employment here teaching at Holland Christian High School.  It was love at first sight. The friendly variety of people, the excellent city services, the natural beauty, and the unique architecture throughout the city and downtown captured our hearts.

 

I left teaching English after 6 years to start our family and to help nurture our children at home.

 

After the children grew up I was approached by the current mayor at that time to run for City Council.  The result was that I served on the Council for 10 years prior to running for Mayor. I was encouraged by numerous people in the community to run for both Council and then as Mayor, which I am now entering my 4th year. In my past I also co-founded and was elected the Executive Director of the West Michigan Character Council and also was asked to be the morning radio co-host at 1260 The Pledge radio which I did for two years prior to running for mayor.

 

Having been on the city council for 10 years and more than 3 years as mayor, I have the knowledge and the experience needed to continue to lead this city for the next two years of this mayoral term. I have a proven track record of building success into our community as mayor. After over 20 years of discussing the Civic Center, we completed the Civic Center project three years after I became mayor, without raising taxes and without sacrificing the quality Holland deserves. Now we must move into the future needs of Waterfront development and providing the additional housing desperately needed for our citizens. Many housing projects are on the cusp of being introduced as planned developments.

 

Having lived in a number of cities over my lifetime, I have a deep appreciation for the amenities of this city, but we must never feel as if 'we have arrived.'  As the first female mayor of Holland, I have had to navigate unique presumption and critique. My goal is to make Holland a place where all citizens can live, learn, work, and play.  I will do whatever I can to make Holland successful, maximizing livability for our citizens."

  • City Parks and Recreation Board
  • Community Development Committee
  • Holland Youth Advisory Council
  • Holland in Bloom
  • Farmers Market Committee
  • Windmill Island Gardens Strategic and Business Committees
  • Waterfront Development Committee
  • Appointed the members of the Civic Center Board and serve as liaison
  • City Manager Selection Team
  • Planning Commission Civic Center Board
  • New Resident Welcoming Committee (Founder)
  • “Pay It Forward Holland” Initiative (Director)
  • West Michigan Character Council (Executive Director)
  • Radio Talk Show Host for “1260 The Pledge”
  • Appointed the Civic Center Fundraising Committee chairs and served as member
  • Appoint all who serve in commissions throughout the City

ENDORSEMENTS

    I usually think of awarding others when I talk about character, having written and presented over 100 character awards to citizens in our community over the past 17 years.  As I consider my work as mayor over the last three years, I believe perseverance and creativity have really helped me get the job done. I have a proven record of staying on course to finish the project for the citizens of Holland, no matter what the press or nay-sayers may say. Creativity was critical in leading the Pay-it-forward Holland initiative, in generating and developing the idea of a Labor Day Boardwalk, and yes, in working through the Civic Center remodel. I have been willing to persevere when others said it couldn't be done.  I “tied myself to the railroad tracks” to complete the fiscally responsible but still Holland quality renovation of the Civic Center Place. After just two years as mayor, I was honored to cut the ribbon to the finished George and Lucile Heeringa Civic Center, with no new taxes due to 33% of the costs covered by generous donations. We are now using our public feedback models from the BPW energy plant journey and the Civic Center to develop the Waterfront Holland initiative for ALL our citizens. #Letsdothis!

    Having been on the city council for 10 years and more than 3 years as mayor, I have the knowledge and the experience needed to continue to lead this city for the next two years of this mayoral term. I have a proven track record of building success into our community as mayor. After over 20 years of discussing the Civic Center, we completed the Civic Center project three years after I became mayor, without raising taxes and without sacrificing the quality Holland deserves. Now we must move into the future needs of Waterfront development and providing the additional housing desperately needed for our citizens. Many housing projects are on the cusp of being introduced as planned developments.