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Emily Ambrosy joins WCI planning team

Emily Ambrosy, originally of Bellevue, Iowa, has joined West Central Initiative (WCI) as a transportation planner focusing on Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) plans for communities in West Central Minnesota. In addition, she will help with trails planning and active living initiatives.

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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.

In Iowa, Ambrosy worked on projects including establishing and running a farmers market, and being part of a university team that developed a sustainability plan to support green initiatives.

“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.

For more information about active transportation in the community, contact Ambrosy at or 1-800-735-2239.