Kiki Miller, a longtime Coeur d’Alene resident and community activist, announced her bid Tuesday for re-election to the Coeur d’Alene City Council.
Miller has lived in Coeur d’Alene since 1975 and has been involved in numerous civic and leadership projects over the past several decades.
“Our community has evolved in recent years and I respect the interests of both longtime residents who have lived here all their lives, as well as the newcomers to our community who are passionate about our North Idaho quality of life.”
“I’m running for city council because I believe one person can make a difference. I’ve spent the last 40 years being involved in multiple aspects of community service, promoting our region, and in civic projects that have helped to create our great city,” said Miller. “We have challenges in the near future, but we can have positive outcomes if we involve the creative vision of the entire community.”
Miller’s vision for the city includes a quality education system, a diverse offering of sustainable jobs, responsible planning, and strong fiscal management in order to grow the local economy, while protecting the natural resources and quality of life that we all enjoy. “My experience as a local entrepreneur, community activist, and civic leader has provided a great perspective to our community,” said Miller. “I want to provide a voice for area residents, while shaping a positive future for our community. I formally organized and led the Regional Housing and Growth Issues Partnership to address the shift in the housing market and growth issues escalated by the pandemic and its ensuing lifestyle changes around the country. To date we’ve made great progress toward solutions and building a publicly involved process to address the issue for years to come.”
In keeping her original campaign promises, Miller has consistently supported the police and fire departments, led numerous community engagement events including development of Atlas Mill Park, a Performing Arts Facility Feasibility Study, establishment of free parking for local residents and limiting property tax increases.
She spearheaded the formation of the Historic Preservation Commission, opened the Lake City Public Library which morphed into establishing outreach programs in multiple school libraries, and brought forward and helped pass the country’s first Robotics Ordinance.
During the pandemic, she created job preservation measures in the arts community, had statewide discussions to allow gyms and salons to remain open, and led a tourism awareness campaign to help keep local citizens safe.
Miller and her husband have one son who attended Lake City High School and a musical theatre conservatory in New York City. She has owned Kagey Company, Inc., a local marketing, publication, and promotions firm, since 1992.
Miller has served as a Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, as a Women’s Center Board Member, and has been named Volunteer of the Year for both the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Chambers. She also received Woman of the Year honors from the local Soroptimist organization and Citizen of the Year honors from North Idaho College/Day of Dialog event. She has volunteered or been appointed to several leadership roles for numerous organizations and nonprofits and continues to regularly volunteer in local fundraising and community support activities.
(from the Coeur d’Alene Press, August 25, 2021)
Some Leadership Roles
- Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Committee Chair, Executive Board of Director, President of Leadership Coeur d’Alene class of 1993
- Women’s Center, Inc. (North Idaho Violence Prevention Center, Safe Passage) board member
- Steering Committee chair for Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families Fundraising Forum
- North Idaho Fair commercial exhibit judge
- United Way citizens review panel
- Founding committee chair for the North Idaho Tourism Summit
- Co-founded Family Day in the Park
- Spearheaded the Cd’A Historic Preservation Commission creation
- Formed the Regional Housing and Growth Issues Partnership
- Chaired City of Coeur d’Alene downtown core sidewalk use and ordinance committee
- Co-managed a political campaign
- Steering Committee Chair for Kiwanis Ft. Sherman Playground project
- Hands Around Tubbs Hill Foundation fundraiser
- NIBCA Parade of Homes and Home and Garden Show organizer
- Re-created the Coeur d’Alene Chamber fireworks community fundraising program and eliminated its debt
- Fundraising, media campaign and logistics for Red Hot Mama’s appearance in George W. Bush’s inaugural parade
- Operated The Lake Coeur d’Alene BalloonFest, a hot air balloon event which served over 30 nonprofits for 6 years
- Created the Angel Host program for Cd’A Summer Theatre
- Co-founded Family Day in the Park
- Coeur d’Alene Chamber Centennial Celebration year long campaign chair, which resulted in additional revenue, ongoing new programs and TV programing
- Former Kiwanian
- City of Coeur d’Alene Police Dept Block-watch Captain
- HOA Board of Director
- Idaho Drug Free Youth committee/MC/fundraiser
- Numerous school committees and projects
- Founding member of nonprofit organizations
- Coeur d’Alene Chamber Committee of the Year 2001 and Volunteer of the Year 2012
- Post Falls Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year 2005
- Soroptimists Woman of Distinction award 2003
- Woman of the Year/NIC Day of Dialog