Derek Miller Mitsuo Kawamoto Award

The 2023 Nebraska Planning Conference included award presentations to some very deserving individuals! We’ll be telling their stories one at a time, next up is Derek Miller, Long Range and Mobility Planning Manager for the City of Omaha.

Derek is this year’s Mitsuo Kawamoto award winner. He has been a community planner in Nebraska since 1998. He started his career with JEO Consulting Group working with Keith Marvin. From JEO he has worked with the City of Lincoln, City of Bellevue, and the City of Omaha. During his career he has maintained his support for NPZA, especially during his four year term as NE APA President.
Derek worked hard with Keith, Chad and other NPZA members to help build the modern day conference to where it has evolved. This was during his tenure as APA Nebraska Chapter President. Derek has worked hard to push his co-workers from Omaha to attend the Annual Planning Conference with success from time to time.
Derek has been a speaker at the conference in the past as well. He has been a major supporter and flag waver for NPZA and the Annual Conference. This dates back to his very first conference where he was privileged to observe an annual tradition of Milligan vs. Stahr with Dave Ptak as referee. His comment to Keith as they walked back to the hotel was “…. you guys actually do this for fun?”.
Yes we do!
Congratulations Derek Miller!