March Staff Spotlight


Nicole Peterson

We have an amazing group of staff members at SIMPCO and we want to make sure you all get to know them! Say “Hello” to the March Staff Spotlight, Nicole Peterson. Nicole serves as a Regional Planner for SIMPCO.

Q: What inspires you? 

A. Noble human behavior such as open, honest, direct, respectful communication, self-discipline, personal responsibility, and acts of kindness; Beautiful music and art; inclusionary, thoughtful community and regional planning; Meaningful traditions and celebrations; and Wildlife habitat preservation and development.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world? 

A. My home

Q. What are you passionate about? 

A. Community and regional planning

Q. What projects are you working on right now? 

Hinton Comprehensive Plan, SIMPCO Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 2020 – 2024 update, SIMPCO Regional Economic Development Summit coordination, Remsen Active Transportation Plan, Hinton Safe Routes to School Plan, Midstates Economic Development Conference committee member, CDBG application and surveys, and I just completed the Westfield Comprehensive Plan and assistance with Aurelia grant.

Q: What do you like best about working for SIMPCO? 

A: The opportunity to work on a variety of planning projects.

Q.  Motto or Personal Mantra?

‘There is nothing noble about being superior to your fellow wo/man. There is nobility in being superior to your former self.’ – Earnest Hemingway


‘Mind my own biscuits and life will be gravy’ – Kacey Musgraves

Q.  What are you most proud of? 

A:  My professional accomplishments including: Bachelor’s degree in Local and Urban Affairs, Masters’ degree in Community and Regional Planning, membership in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and approximately 17 years dedicated to the study and practice of planning.

Q.  What is your favorite pastime/hobby?

A: Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking and playing guitar