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"The country urgently needs a modernized inter-state highway system to relieve existing congestion, to provide for the expected growth of motor vehicle traffic, to strengthen the Nation's defenses, to reduce the toll of human life exacted each year in highway accidents, and to promote economic development."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 24, 1956

Abilene, Kan. - The next monthly virtual Lunch & Learn program will be Thursday, September 23 at noon central time.

Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz will speak about how President Eisenhower became known as the “Father of the Interstate System” and the importance he placed on developing our nation's transportation infrastructure. The Secretary will give an overview of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, better known as “IKE,” an innovative 10-year plan designed to meet the transportation needs of Kansas now and into the future.

Secretary Lorenz was appointed by Governor Laura Kelly in January 2019 to lead KDOT. With more than 25 years of transportation experience in the public and private sectors, she is recognized as a national leader in the areas of policy development, collaboration and scenario planning. She was recently elected president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) – a collaboration of transportation leaders representing 10 Midwest states that works to advance highway, transit and related issues important to the region. Secretary Lorenz has a Masters degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree from Drury University.

Google Meet URL:
Phone: 617-675-4444‬ (PIN: 898 145 165 7732‬#)
[Please join 10 minutes early so the program may begin on time.]

The 2021 Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation with generous support from the Jeffcoat Foundation.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit