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Ambrosy joins WCI for trails and safe routes

Emily Ambrosy has joined West Central Initiative as a transportation planner focusing on Safe Routes to Schools plans for communities in west central Minnesota. In addition, she will help with trails planning and active living initiatives.

Ambrosy has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, and a bachelor’s degree in health promotion with a certificate in public health, both from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. In addition, she is a certified personal trainer. She is originally from Bellevue, Iowa.

“Emily’s education and background create the perfect mix for working with rural communities on active transportation plans,” said Wayne Hurley, WCI planning director. “She understands that successful planning makes it easier and safer for people to be more active in their communities.”

WCI received grant dollars from the Minnesota Department of Transportation for SRTS plan coordination in the nine-county region of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

The plans serve as a guide for the communities and school districts as they consider future projects that will help children safely walk and bike to school.

Currently, Ambrosy is working with the communities of Ashby, Glyndon, New York Mills, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth and Rothsay.

WCI has already helped develop SRTS plans for the communities of Parkers Prairie, Glenwood, Perham, Lake Park, Battle Lake, Frazee and Barnesville.