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January 16, 2014

Macon hopes to boost tourism as Ned chairman

NEDERLAND — Mitch Macon is invested in Nederland.

He was born there. He was raised there, graduating from Nederland High School in 1981. Along with wife Angie, Macon has raised three children — 21-year-old Hannah, 19-year-old Callie, and 11-year-old Zach — in his hometown.

That’s why it makes perfect sense for Macon, 51, the co-owner of B.C. Miller Electric on Nederland Avenue, to help make Nederland a better place to live. And that is what he aims to do when he takes over as chairman-elect of the Nederland Chamber of Commerce at tonight’s installation banquet at the Pompano Club, 330 Twin City Highway, Port Neches.

Macon said his primary goal for 2014 is unifying the community.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the city, the school district and the EDC to promote growth in the city,” Macon said. “It’s going to take us all pulling together to make it a better place.”

This is Macon’s fifth year on the board of directors. He has previously served as treasurer and second vice president.

“It’s really been neat trying to make the community a better place to live, and to help small businesses prosper,” Macon said.

In order to make Nederland a more attractive locale for new businesses, Macon is trying to promote a “hotel-motel” revenue by establishing more hotels in Nederland, which would also bring more restaurants.

“We don’t have but one good hotel,” he said.

Another goal of Macon’s is to bolster tourism in the city.

“We’re not known for tourism, but tourism is a lot of things,” he said. “When there is tourism in the area, it comes into play and feeds back into your economy.”

Macon hopes to capitalize on the Dutch Windmill Museum for tourism sales. The museum, located at 1500 Boston Ave., stands as a tribute to the city’s Dutch roots.

“The windmill symbolizes the Netherlands,” Macon said. He added that 50 percent of the hotel’s visitors hail from the Netherlands, and that Chamber President Jinni Akins is trying to get the city’s name out to Dutch travel agents to encourage them to take a trip to Nederland.

By the end of his term, Macon said he hopes to leave the community a better place to live — a place where local businesses thrive.

“All of the revenue generated by small businesses 100 percent stays here,” he said. “They spend money here, live here and shop here. And the first place they need to go is to the Chamber.”

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