BOISE — Two top jobs at the city of Boise involved in the sports park and the main library are set to open.
Next month, both Nic Miller, the economic development director, and Chandra Ford, the director of philanthropy, will be departing the city and “pursuing other opportunities,” according to spokesman Mike Journee.
Miller will leave June 6 and is set to become the executive director of Boise State University’s Venture College in the College of Innovation and Design. This department of the university focuses on training students to become entrepreneurs and launch their own startups.
“The chance to lead the Venture College is an exciting professional opportunity for me and in many ways an extension of the work I’ve done at the City through partnerships such as Trailhead,” Miller said in an email. “I’m passionate about the importance of startups in the economic development of our community and I’ll continue to focus on that in this new role.”
Miller has been heavily involved in the city’s work with Atlanta-based developer Chris Schoen for a public-private partnership for a sports park in the West End. He has also worked with Capital City Development Corporation on urban renewal districts, plans for the city to develop the corner of Franklin Road and Orchard Street, and other work related to the city’s economy.
His salary is $109,803. He has been at the city of Boise for five years. According to his LinkedIn page, Miller has also worked as a business attraction specialist with the Idaho Department of Commerce, a writing and literature instructor with Quality Schools International and as a job coach for Mount Hood Community College.
Journee said the city is in final negotiations to bring Dave Terrell, the recently retired president of Washington Trust Bank, on to fill Miller’s position.
Ford has accepted a position as executive special assistant of strategic initiatives for the University of Idaho’s new president, C. Scott Green. This is a return to U of I for Ford, who earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees there as well as worked there for most of her career, eventually serving as the assistant dean of the College of Business & Economics.
In her role with the city, she played a big part in raising private funds for the main library, which is estimated to have roughly $18 million of its $85 million budget paid for with philanthropy.
“It has truly been an honor to work with Mayor (Dave) Bieter to advocate for the main library campus,” Ford said in an email. “We have been successful garnering significant support for the private giving piece and I look forward to seeing this project come to life.”
Ford has been with the city since the summer of 2015 when Bieter created her position. Her current salary is $101,836. Her last day is June 21.