Planning Commission Director Leaving

  • Nate Miller will soon step down from his position as executive director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission to take a job in southern New Hampshire. Miller is expecting his first child and wants to spend less time at the office. Courtsey Photo Courtsey Photo

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/7/2016 11:55:23 PM
Modified: 8/8/2016 12:47:38 PM
Lebanon — After more than a decade in regional planning, Nate Miller is leaving the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission.

Appointed the commission’s executive director in 2014, Miller has led regional transportation and safety efforts in 27 area towns. His last day is Wednesday and he’s accepted a position with the Manchester-based Southern New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission.

Miller said on Thursday that the decision will allow him to spend more time with family.

“My wife and I are expecting our first child,” said Miller, 34. “Since I found out she’s pregnant, I’ve been thinking about my schedule and kind of recognizing that my work-life balance has been tipped more toward the work side of the scale.”

Miller said he’s been particularly proud of his work on safety improvement projects in Lyme, New London and at the intersection of Route 10 and Gould Road in Lebanon. He said much of the region’s infrastructure projects were in some part pushed forward with the help of the planning commission.

“Nate is the guy that you can go to and ask ‘Hey, how do you get this done?’ and he’ll give you six different ways to make it happen,” said Enfield Town Manager Steve Schneider, who is chairman of the commission. “He knows all of the rules, all of the ways to get things accomplished.”

Not only has Miller helped Enfield in his regional position, Schneider said, but he’s also worked on an interim basis in town, and has served as a resident on the Tax Increment Finance District Committee.

“He’s just an outstanding planner in every sense of the word,” Schneider said.

The commission has started its search for a new executive director. The organization is advertising a starting salary of $72,000 and commissioners will begin reviewing resumes in the coming weeks.

Until a new executive director is chosen, former Hanover Planning Director Jonathan Edwards has been hired on an interim basis, Schneider said.

Looking to the Upper Valley’s future, Miller said he hopes the next executive director will continue to fight for the region’s infrastructure. He also sees expanding broadband access as an important challenge in the coming years.

“I think, most of all, I’ll miss working with our staff,” Miller said, adding they formed strong ties with towns during his tenure.

Tim Camerato can be reached at or 603-727-3223.

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