Feb 25th Speaker: Debra McMillan, Mayor of Victoria, MN

Nate Bostrom introduced Debra McMillan, Mayor of Victoria

Deb was first elected to office in 2018 and served on the Victoria City Council for two years prior to being elected Mayor in 2020.  Professionally, Deb has worked in the Chamber industry since May of 2000, serving as President for several local chambers of commerce. She has also held staff positions at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce with specialties in advocacy, public policy, workforce, and economic development.  In 2020, Deb started her own association management and consulting business, and has held a number of volunteer leadership positions throughout her career. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, games of all kinds, traveling, and spending time with her family.  She and her husband, Kerry have lived in Victoria for more than 30 years and have four adult daughters and two sons-in-law. 

With her slide presentation on Zoom, Debra took us back through some history of her town as it has grown 5x since she moved there. The COVID life that was thrust upon us all provided Victoria’s City Council and Mayor with challenges that none had previously faced.  However, Debra described the city’s strong foundation and the progress made in 2019 and 2020 despite the obstacles. Public markets, celebrations of restaurants and new businesses provided Deb with examples of what events Victoria likes to do, when given the opportunity. The Bethesda housing development, a Humanity Alliance group home, a new Regional Park at Lake Wasserman, trail connections and a plan for downtown expansion were all shared with us.  If you want to hear more from Victoria’s mayor, Debra will join Greg Anderson in a Podcast conversation in the next week.