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DTA Hires NEW Director of Planning & Grants

Published: Expires: 4/10/2017

DULUTH, MINNESOTA (March 10, 2017) – Sophia Parr has been named as the new Director of Planning & Grants for the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA). Parr was most recently a Legal & Compliance Contractor at the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in Chicago. She began her work at the RTA as an intern working in Paratransit and Regional Accessibility. Parr began her professional career as a Research Analyst with Insidedge, an employee communications practice at Golin, a public relations firm in Chicago. 

Parr received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management with a concentration in Marketing from Purdue University.  In December 2016, she obtained a Master of Urban Planning and Policy Degree with a focus on Transportation Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During that time, she received a grant from Peninsula State Park in Door County, WI to develop a signage inventory for a popular bike trail in the park. The project utilized map data and new analysis techniques that she hopes to bring to her work at the DTA. Parr values a multi-modal approach to transportation and looks forward to understanding how transportation works within the Duluth geography.

Her interest in relocating to Duluth came after a visit in March of 2016 to go fat-tire bicycling. As an avid bicyclist, she welcomed the opportunity to relocate and put her education and experience to use in Duluth. At the DTA, Parr will be responsible for service planning and grants administration.

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