Bring your own lunch and connect with the 2017 mayoral candidates and other young professionals in a casual setting. It is a great chance to see the candidates' perspectives on current City issues and also become familiar with the space where council and committee meetings take place for the City of Holland.
This event is geared towards engaging young professionals in local government through conversation and Q&A style panel with mayoral candidates Nancy DeBoer and Jay Peters. Submit your questions ahead of time, if time allows the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions in person.
ABOUT JAY PETERS
Jay is a life-long resident of Holland, graduating from Holland High School in 1976 and Hope College in 1980 with degrees in economics and geology. Currently, Jay is President of Development Strategies, Inc., a fundraising consulting and project management firm located in Holland. As a consultant, Jay has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of non-profit development and has worked throughout Michigan on a wide variety of municipal and non-profit projects involving project management and fundraising. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance (2000-2005), a non-profit organization focused on the development and achievement of a 25-year vision designed to ensure long-term sustainability and quality of life for the West Michigan region. Prior to entering the consulting field, Jay served as Regional Advancement Director in the Development office of Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
In his work with Development Strategies, Jay has worked with a long list of community improvement organizations and non-profits.
In a volunteer capacity, Jay has served on the boards of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa County chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Holland Jaycees. He graduated from Leadership Holland in 1992 and served on its executive committee from 1994 to 1998. Additionally, Jay has served on the Executive Committee of Leadership West Michigan, an initiative to develop tomorrow’s future regional thinkers, chaired Holland’s Historic District Commission from 1996 to 2000, chaired Holland’s Planning Commission from 2004 to 2007, as well as the All-America City Committee that successfully earned All-America City and Community status for the City of Holland.
Jay was elected to Holland City Council in 2007. He recently co-chaired the effort to redevelop the Civic Center and serves as council’s liaison to the Holland Historic District Commission, the Downtown Development Authority and the Neighborhood Improvement Committee.
He is married to Kristen Wyatt and they have three children — Emma, Hannah and Peter.
ABOUT NANCY DE BOER
Nancy De Boer was first elected to Holland City Council in November, 2005. In November, 2015, she was elected the first woman mayor in Holland's 148 year history. During her tenure on the Council, Nancy has championed Holland Youth Advisory Council activities, the Labor Day BoardWALK, the Pay it Forward Holland initiative, and Holland's involvement in America in Bloom and now the international Communities in Bloom. Having lived in the Detroit area, Ohio, Chicago, and Wisconsin, Nancy realizes the natural beauty and extraordinary people of Holland, claiming it as home for the past three decades.
After weathering the economic downturn of the last decade, Nancy believes Holland is well positioned to use its resilient character, integrity, and entrepreneurial spirit to embrace a season of growth. She has worked hard to develop consensus in restoring the Holland Civic Center, which will celebrate with a ribbon cutting in the Fall, 2018.
The full city block to the east of the Civic Center is also being transformed with bulldozers and cranes to become an architecturally sensitive, retail/entertainment/residential development. Having ended the generations of coal-powered electric production, Holland's brand new architecturally designed, natural gas Community Energy Park opens this year with its educational spine and classroom space to continue to grow an appreciation for history and the wise stewardship of our resources. Holland's snowmelt system, the largest in North America, quintuples its capacity with this new plant.
Nancy is honored to serve the city she loves by encouraging long range planning, collaboration to solve problems and grow resources, and working to keep the values of integrity and innovation that have made Holland so successful.
Few communities have the natural amenities and the kind and generous heart of the citizens of Holland. Nancy and her husband, Jim, realize that this has been a special place in which to raise their children and make a difference. Though smaller in population, Holland's position as an international tourist destination, an education center, a philanthropic hub, a nature rich recreation area, and one of the best places in the country to start and grow a business makes it a great place for any family to call home.
Mayor Nancy De Boer knows, too, that with all those blessings comes responsibility as well. Holland is uniquely positioned to do good for its area and beyond.
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