Commissioner Nancy Miller
Nancy Miller was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3 in 2010 and reelected in 2014. Nancy believes that our rich natural environment and abundant supply of clean water are invaluable assets that can sustain our residents and our economy into the future. She firmly believes that Tallahassee has the potential to become a world-class city, and that such a status requires world-class infrastructure. A sound system of public utility and transportation infrastructure is a primary function of government and is essential to supporting a strong local economy. She works tirelessly to provide adequate resources dedicated to maintaining and improving these systems and to protecting our natural assets.
As a biologist, business owner and urban planner, Nancy’s background, experience and general tenaciousness have helped her to guide Tallahassee toward becoming a dynamic economic ecosystem with natural assets that attract visitors and offer respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. An enthusiastic supporter of strengthening our locally owned businesses, she is a strong advocate of the City’s place-making activities in Midtown, South Monroe, College Avenue and Market Square and she worked successfully to repeal the City’s Business Tax in 2016.
Nancy’s long history of commitment to achieving these community goals began through her service on local boards and committees. She was an original member of the Economic and Environmental Consensus Committee, creating the first Blueprint 2000 initiative, and she remains deeply involved with the Blueprint program today. This leadership effort has resulted in over $500 million invested in community improvements such as roads, sidewalks, Cascades Park, the widening of Capital Circle, FAMU Way, stormwater treatment and an expanded system of greenways and bicycle trails. The program’s success led to a 2014 referendum in which two-thirds of Leon County voters supported extending Blueprint through 2039.
As a strong believer in a regional economy and the value of our cultural heritage, Nancy serves on the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency, the Downtown Improvement Authority, the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, the Tourist Development Council, the Council on Culture and the Arts, the Community Redevelopment Agency, and the John G. Riley Museum Board of Directors.
Nancy hails from Asheville, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has an M.S. in Biology from Northeast Louisiana University. Since moving to Tallahassee in 1985, Nancy has raised her two children in Tallahassee and been actively engaged in the community. As an independent businessperson all her life, Nancy has owned and managed a retail store, a sales agency and a consulting business. In 2006, she received her M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Her daughter, Betsy Couch, lives in Tallahassee with husband, dentist Cory Couch, and grandchildren, Caroline and Tucker. Her son, Thure Caire, and daughter-in-law Brooke are physicians residing in Tampa, Florida with granddaughter Audrey and grandson Aaron. Betsy and Thure are both recognized as leaders in their fields and granddaughter Caroline has, at the age of 8, published her first book, which is available on Amazon! In her spare time, Nancy and her husband, John, love to rejuvenate in the outdoors, boating, biking and hiking the beautiful natural places throughout our area.
Achievements to Date
Commissioner, City of Tallahassee
- Elected City Commissioner, Seat 3 in 2010, reelected in 2014
- Mayor Pro Tem, 2013, 2016
- Past Chair, Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency
- Past Chair, Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency
- Downtown Improvement Authority
- Community Redevelopment Agency
- Leon County Tourist Development Council
- Apalachee Regional Planning Council
- Council on Culture and the Arts
Board Service and Memberships
- Capital Tiger Bay Club
- John G. Riley House Museum 2012 to present
- Oasis Center for Women and Girls 2013 to 2017
- Theatre Tallahassee 2013 to 2016
- Planning Commissioner, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission, 2008 to 2010.
- Blueprint 2000 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, 2006 to 2010.
- Founding member of the Economic and Environmental Consensus Committee (EECC), authoring the Blueprint 2000 and Beyond initiative
- Sustainable Tallahassee, 2009 to 2011.
- Apalachee Land Conservancy, 2005 to present.
- Apalachicola Riverkeeper, 2005 to 2011.
- Leon County Water Resources Citizens Advisory Committee, 1994 to 2011.
- Tallahassee Board of Realtors Residential Lot Availability/Affordability Committee, 2004.
- Site Specific Zoning Advisory Committee, City of Tallahassee, 1996.
- Environmental Management Ordinance Revision Committee, City of Tallahassee, 2003.
- Leon County Growth and Environmental Management Permit Process Improvement Group, 2005-2006.
- Leon County Growth and Environmental Management Citizens’ Committee, 1998-2001.
- Trust for Public Lands Capital Cascades Trail Council, 2003-2005.
- TalTran (now StarMetro) Renaissance Stakeholders’ Group, City of Tallahassee, 2004.
- Welaunee Citizens’ Advisory Committee, 2002-2008.
Urban and Regional Planning Consultant
- TAPP Think About Personal Pollution Public Education Campaign, Project Coordinator
- City of Lynn Haven – Development of Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) based Comprehensive Plan amendments.
- Lake County – Compilation of data for EAR based Comprehensive Plan amendments, including water supply plan.
- City of Mexico Beach – Analysis for the Future Land Use, Conservation, Coastal Management and Recreation elements of the Comprehensive Plan
- City of Lynn Haven – Population projections, vacant lands analysis, annexation analysis and review of growth patterns for the Evaluation and Appraisal Report.
- K2 Urbancorp, LLC – Atkinson Project. Pre-application documents for Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND).
- Centerville Community Group, LLC – Centerville Farms. Assisted client with low impact development design options for stormwater treatment for conservation subdivision.
- Lightspeed Marketing, Inc. Co-owner and Office Manager, (1985–2004).
Manufacturers’ representative agency serving the outdoor specialty sports market in eleven states throughout the Southeastern United States.
- Outdoor Adventures, Inc. Co-owner and Store Manager, (1980–1984).
Outdoor sports retail store specializing in the non-motorized sports of bicycling, backpacking, camping, kayaking and canoeing. Pioneered the development of canoe, kayak and cycling market throughout Northeast Louisiana.
- M.S. Urban Planning, Florida State University
- M.S. Biology, Northeast Louisiana University (Now University of Monroe)
- B.S. Zoology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- 2000 Sustainable Florida Leadership Award for the creation of Blueprint 2000 and Beyond.
- 2006 Watershed Champion Award for leadership in efforts to protect the waters of Tallahassee and Leon County.