People

Over the years, we’ve been honored to welcome some of the most talented minds in the industry to our team, and our partners benefit from their knowledge, guidance, and expertise.

« Return to People Search

Matt Ashby

Principal Urban Planner

Cheyenne, WY
307.634.9888
AshbyM@AyresAssociates.com

"Matt has been a mentor to me on so many levels of government and community development. He has so much knowledge about what I do every day, and I am comforted to know that he is a valued resource just a phone call or email away. Small rural communities are his passion, and he will individualize every project to do what is best to influence progress for the town or organization."
Angie Cue
Lamar, CO

I brought my urban planning expertise to Ayres to complement our engineering, architectural, geospatial, and environmental services. I'm based in our Cheyenne, Wyoming, office, but I provide planning services on projects nationwide. I served for seven years as the City of Cheyenne's planning director. My enthusiasm for vibrant community development sharpens the focus of Ayres' work on brownfield redevelopment, transportation planning, urban park and recreation planning, and landscape architecture.

My peers have noted my eye for innovation. Project accolades include the American Planning Association's Daniel Burnham Award for the Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization's PlanCheyenne and the 2020 Governor's Award for Best of Place for the Windsor Mill project in Windsor, Colorado. By communicating big picture concepts in terms that cross traditional silos, I helped the region merge stormwater mitigation and brownfield remediation with development of public park amenities to drive economic development. I've demonstrated success in leveraging grant funding to build vision and motivate investment, as exemplified by the West Edge brownfields revitalization project in Cheyenne.

Public service is important to me. I serve on the Wyoming Main Street Advisory Board and the Western Planning Resources Board of Directors. I'm co-chairman of the United Way of Laramie County's annual fundraising campaign.

Education
  • BS, Environmental Design, University of Colorado
  • MS, Urban Design, University of Colorado
  • MS, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado