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Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program

Helena Sullivan
Helena E. Sullivan

Construction Engineer III
McHenry County Division of Transportation
Woodstock, Illinois

Ms. Sullivan plans to meet with the Swedish roadway agency Trafikverket to learn more about their bridge repair and inspection program. Several consulting/entrepreneur firms are contracted for bridge maintenance and repair work and assigned to geographic “regions” in Sweden.

Ms. Sullivan’s goal with the study trip is to compare the bridges in regions similar in topography and population to McHenry County, which is mostly rural with a total of 52 County-owned bridges and 82 Township bridges. She would also like to visit several ongoing as well as recently completed bridge construction sites to learn about typical construction materials and methods.

Jason Waldron
Jason Waldron, PE

Kansas City Streetcar Program Manager
City of Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri

Public works departments across the nation are developing strategies to manage the increased transportation demands placed upon the public right-of-way and to use data to better city services and improve the citizen experience. Two cities that have similar experiences are Kansas City, Missouri, and Sydney, South Wales.

Mr. Waldron’s study proposes to study each city’s approach to the implementation of modern streetcar systems within the public right-of-way and the development of a smart city policy. This “comparing of notes” will result in shared lessons learned for streetcar programs and what it means to be a smart city.

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More Information About the Program

The Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program was established at the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute in May 1987 and is administered by the American Public Works Association. The fellowship supports participation at a public works conference of one of our international partners and a public works study tour in that country.

In making the program available to its members, APWA hopes to further its international principles:
  • To provide an opportunity for APWA members, through contact with our international partners, to broaden their knowledge and exchange experiences and information on trends and advances in public works.
  • To promote friendship and understanding among public works peers on an international basis.
  • To provide a venue for the exchange of information among APWA and our international partnering countries. Currently, these countries are Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the Slovak Republic and Sweden.
"Public works is a powerful instrument for understanding and peace."
          - Jennings Randolph (West Virginia Senator, 1932-1985), known as the "Dean of Public Works Legislators"
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