FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2018
The Kansas City streetcar program manager’s next stop is in New Zealand. That’s because the American Public Works Association has named Jason Waldron a 2018 Jennings Randolph International Fellow for his work on the KC Streetcar in the city’s public works department. The honor comes from the American Public Works Association (APWA) and is given to only two individuals from a field of applicants across North America.
The 2018 fellows will conduct public works study tours and provide presentations at international partner associations’ annual membership meetings in Rotorua, New Zealand in June 2018 and in Uppsala, Sweden in September 2018.
While abroad, Waldron will 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, resulting in shared lessons learned. Waldron has been with the City for five years.
“Jason is an asset to the Public Works department and we’re pleased he will have the opportunity to share the story of Kansas City’s trailblazing streetcar system and smart city infrastructure with other public works professionals in Sweden and New Zealand and bring back best practices to apply in Kansas City,” said Public Works Director Sherri McIntyre.
Waldron will have award-winning best practices to share, as the KC Streetcar continues to gather awards and accolades, most recently gaining global recognition after being named the Global Light Rail Project of the Year in London. Other recent KC Streetcar and smart city accolades include two national awards from the American Public Works Association in 2017- Transportation Project of the Year for the KC Streetcar project and the Technical Innovation Award for the City’s smart city infrastructure along the streetcar corridor.
The Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, which was established in 1987, is a unique international study and professional exchange opportunity that promotes collaboration and sharing of public works best practices, knowledge and innovation.
For more information about the APWA Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, contact the APWA Marketing & Outreach Manager Lillie Yvette Salinas. For more information about the Public Works Department, contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612 or by email.