Kentucky Planner in Cambodia – Part One

September 14, 2018


I. About Me

II. Travel

III.  Activities – Week One


I. About Me

My name is Jordan Miller and I am from Lexington, Kentucky, USA. I reside there with my husband, Donovan, of 9 years. I work as an Urban Planner for the City of Frankfort, Kentucky in the department of Planning & Community Development. Frankfort is the capital city of Kentucky and is the 4th smallest state capital in the United States with a population of 28,000.

As a planner, my position touches upon many different areas and disciplines including the following.

  • Zoning and land use
  • Historic preservation
  • Community engagement and public participation
  • Long range and comprehensive planning
  • Public policy
  • Landscape architecture
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Floodplain management and development
  • Small area and neighborhood planning

My day-to-day tasks include.

  • Development plan and plat review
  • Building and construction permit review
  • Staff liaison to Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Architectural Review Board
  • Local census preparation
  • Grant writing and application
  • Community workshops
  • Digital map preparation
  • Graphic design
  • Responding to citizen needs concerning development and code enforcement

The City of Frankfort began participating in the ICMA-YSEALI Fellowship Program in the autumn of 2017. Since then we have hosted 4 fellows from Southeast Asia and have sent 2 fellows, including myself, to Southeast Asia.

One of our fellows, Sum Sirey, visited Frankfort earlier this year and I had the pleasure of introducing him to Frankfort’s Planning Department and to some of Kentucky’s important sites and landmarks.

I am honored and thrilled to be participating in the exchange program. I would like to thank Sum Sirey and his lovely wife, Nailya, for being gracious and wonderful hosts during my stay in Cambodia. I would also like to thank the ICMA, YSEALI, and U.S. State Department for coordinating and funding this fantastic program.


II. Travel

I arrived in Phnom Penh on Saturday, September 8. My flight itinerary consisted of flying from Lexington, Kentucky, USA → Atlanta, Georgia, USA → Seoul/Incheon, South Korea → Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The total flight time comprised about 21 hours. The time zone here in Cambodia is 11 hours ahead of where I live in Kentucky. After being here for a week, I am just about acclimated from the jet lag. This is my first visit to Southeast Asia.


III.  Activities – Week One

In my time in Cambodia so far I have learned a great deal about the culture and history. I have also been educated on the planning and development process here in Cambodia, which is quite different from America’s.

September 9

Introduction to Phnom Penh and walk along river.

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September 10

Meeting at US Embassy and introduction to Sustinat Green staff and offices.

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September 11

Visiting public spaces in Phnom Penh, including Wat Phnom and Independence Monument. Meeting with representatives from Coca-Cola on funding and installation of an improved public space with public programming & bioretention systems/rain gardens.

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September 12

Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium and urban landscapes & architecture.  Genocide Museum S21. River cruise on Mekong River and dinner with new fellow, Theany, who will visit Frankfort this autumn.

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September 13

Visiting Royal Palace, National Library, National Museum, and Khmer Traditional Dance performance.

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