Kansas City / County Management Conference 2017

Schedule

Conference At-A-Glance

Full conference with session descriptions below.

Thursday

8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Lounge

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Refreshments

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "After the Election: A National Perspective" with Dr. Mark Funkhouser

10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Keynote Discussion: "After the Election: A National Perspective"

10:20 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "After the Election"

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. KACM Lunch & Meeting

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "In the Absence of (Local) Newspapers"

3:00-3:30 p.m. Travel to Sports Pavilion Lawrence

3:30-4:30 p.m. Basketball Game

3:00 p.m. to whenever: Networking (informal gathering at Oread)

Friday

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast & Panel Discussion: "Interns: A Valuable Resource"

8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking Lounge

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Registration & Refreshments

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Presentation: "The Balancing Act of Internal and External Community Building" with Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor

10:30 - 10:50 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Lessons from the Military: Community Building"

12:00 - 12:15 p.m. Prize Drawings

12:15 p.m. Adjournment


Full Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 27

8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Lounge
Gathering Room 1, Level B1
Feel like you need some career advice or want to talk about something a speaker said with a colleague? Stop into the networking lounge.

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Refreshments
Registration: Griffith Ballroom, Level B1
Refreshments: Gathering Room 1, Level B1
Refreshment sponsor: Kutak Rock LLP

8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Lactation Room
Gathering Room 3, Level B1
Moms, feel free to use this space by signing up on the schedule posted on the door.

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome
Griffith Ballroom

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation: "After the Election: A National Perspective"
Griffith Ballroom, Level B1
Speaker: Mark Funkhouser, Publisher, Governing magazine

Cities are at an inflection point, facing very different prospects in the aftermath of the recent national election. Early in his administration former President Obama reached out to states as partners in implementing his domestic agenda and after being largely rebuffed he turned to cities. The result was that, for most of the past eight years, cities have had a powerful and fully engaged partner in the White House.

In November 2016, not only was Donald Trump elected on a platform that is largely antagonistic to cities, but the Republican Party gained a nearly unprecedented hold on state legislatures, putting the mostly Democrat-led cities further at odds with their state governments. The result is that, in the key areas of finance, infrastructure, the environment and economic development, federal policy now looks to be on a radically different trajectory than in the past decade.

However, urban centers are also the drivers of economic development, civic innovation, and social change, and they’re poised to continue asserting influence on the direction of our nation’s future. The key to cities leading through uncertainty and achieving their goals and aspirations in this new era involves driving innovation.

That is why Governing, through its coverage, programming, and partnerships, focuses on helping local governments build capacity and competence for performance improvement and innovation efforts. This presentation will explore how cities can launch and empower their innovation agenda and what it takes for innovation to become a dynamic part of good governance itself.

ICMA Practice Area: 6: Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation, and Continuous Improvement

10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Keynote Discussion
Griffith Ballroom, Level B1
We’ll dive more deeply into what Mark shared in his keynote and questions that you have for him.

10:20 - 10:45 a.m. Break
Gathering Room 1, Level B1
Refreshment sponsor: The Novak Consulting Group

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: “After the Election”
Griffith Ballroom, Level B1
National, state, and local elections, and the swings in policy direction that emanate from these elections impact local governments. While being responsive to the policy direction of elected officials, managers have the opportunity and responsibility to lead consistently through these changes while at the same time embracing new ideas and innovations to benefit their communities. Panelists will discuss the changing landscape brought about by the most recent elections, discuss key issues impacting local government in Kansas, and provide examples of how local government leaders can effectively address these challenges and lead through change.

Panel Members:

  • Nathan Eberline, Associate Legislative Director and Legal Counsel, Kansas Association of Counties
  • Beth Linn, City Administrator, City of Edgerton, KS
  • Erik Sartorius, Executive Director, League of Kansas Municipalities
  • Cherise Tieben, City Manager, Dodge City, KS
  • Jeff White, Principal, Columbia Capital Management, LLC

Moderator: Laura Howard, Director, KU Public Management Center
ICMA Practice Area: 6: Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, Innovation, and Continuous Improvement

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. KACM Lunch & Meeting (additional ticket price)
Gathering Room 1, Level B1
Or lunch on your own (There are a few nearby dining options: The Bird Dog Cafe at the Oread Hotel and The Market & Impromptu Cafe (the latter two are located at Level 3 of the Kansas Union).

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: “In the Absence of (Local) Newspapers”
Griffith Ballroom, Level B1
Panelists may touch on these topics: Everyone’s a reporter via social media. What happens when the newspapers aren’t around anymore – where and how do local governments communicate to their citizens?

Panel Members:

  • Mike Ekey, Communications Director, City of Raymore, MO
  • Dave Helling, Reporter, The Kansas City Star
  • Wes Minder, Innovation Engineer, City of Kansas City, MO
  • Nick Parker, President & Publisher, Link 2 Lee’s Summit

Moderator: Patty Gentrup, former reporter, local government practitioner and consultant
ICMA Practice Areas: 8. Democratic Advocacy and Public Engagement; 14. Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication

3:00-3:30 p.m. Travel to Sports Pavilion Lawrence
Bring your basketball gear for a friendly game (at 3:30 below) or bring workout clothes to enjoy the other amenities at the Sports Pavilion. There are plenty of changing rooms there.

3:30-4:30 p.m. Basketball Game (or other activities)
Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, Lawrence, KS
Enjoy being a player on one of the teams, come to cheer them on, or participate in other activities (e.g. walk the track, use the weights, eat a snack, etc.)!
ICMA Practice Groups: 17. Integrity; 18. Personal Development

3:00 p.m. to whenever: Networking (on your own)
We encourage you to block this time on your calendar and get to know new colleagues or visit with "old" friends. The Oread Hotel has two places you might gather: the Bird Dog Bar (Lobby Level), and if the weather is nice, The Nest on Ninth (the rooftop bar).


Friday, April 28

Today is in a different place in the hotel than the first day!

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast & Panel Discussion: "Interns: A Valuable Resource" (additional ticket price)
Room 521, Lobby Level
The KU MPA classes of 2017 and 2018 have teamed up to host this 9th annual student-sponsored event. Both students and professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Panelists will discuss:

  • What assets interns bring to the table
  • How to effectively use interns
  • How to manage expectations of the intern and the rest of your staff
  • What you/your staff will learn from having interns

Panel Members:

  • Kelly Dumais, MPA Class of 2017 Co-President & Fellow, City of Edina, MN
  • Nickie Lee, Administrative and Financial Services Director, City of Topeka, KS
  • Brandon McGuire, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Lawrence, KS

Co-Moderators: KU School of Public Affairs & Administration MPA Intern-Option Class Presidents: Drew Vincent (Class of 2017), Brian Bickers and Joshua Robinson (Class of 2018)
ICMA Practice Area: 1: Staff Effectiveness

8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Networking Lounge
Hancock Library, Lobby Level
Feel like you need some career advice or want to talk about something a speaker said with a colleague? Stop into the networking lounge.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lactation Room
Gathering Room 3, Level B1
Moms, feel free to use this space by signing up on the schedule posted on the door.

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Registration & Refreshments
Registration: All Seasons Den, Lobby Level
Refreshments: Hancock Library, Lobby Level
Refreshment sponsor: George K. Baum & Company

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome
Hancock Ballroom, Lobby Level

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Presentation: "The Balancing Act of Internal and External Community Building"
Hancock Ballroom, Lobby Level

Speaker: Heather Getha-Taylor, Associate Professor, KU School of Public Affairs & Administration
Pursuing the common good remains a critical task. Yet, defining the common good and the role of the public sector in achieving that goal is in a state of evolution. Today’s public managers must work with diverse communities that embody a variety of viewpoints and they must find ways to achieve collective goals. This achievement depends not only on effectively working with external stakeholders, but it also requires investments of public employees. In today’s environment of shrinking resources and increasing demands, how can managers cultivate an internal community that supports a climate of motivation and engagement? Using a social ecology framework, this presentation will consider how to effectively balance these two priorities.

ICMA Practice Areas: 1. Staff Effectiveness; 8. Democratic Advocacy and Public Engagement

10:30 - 10:50 a.m. Break
Hancock Library, Lobby Level
Refreshment sponsor: Columbia Capital Management, LLC

10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Lessons from the Military: Community Building"
Hancock Ballroom, Lobby Level
US Service Members deployed overseas not only target the enemy, but they now assist with the provision of essential services, advise host nation leaders on efficient, effective, and equitable service delivery in a way that respects individual rights, and encourage local nationals to participate in a government that has historically treated them like subjects. These three actions form the foundation of community building, a phrase used to describe the collective initiatives local governments undertake that seek to “connect the places where people live with the lives they lead” (Nalbandian & Oliver, 1999). Two current and two former members of the military share their experiences of community building while deployed in uniform and how it translates to work as a public administrator.

Panel Members:

  • DJ Gehrt, City Administrator, Platte City, MO
  • Brad Long, KU Career-option MPA Student; US Army Captain
  • Brian Silcott, City Administrator, Goddard, KS

Moderator: COL Judith Martin, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Kansas National Guard
ICMA Practice Groups: 4. Citizen Service; 8. Democratic Advocacy and Public Engagement

12:00 - 12:15 p.m. Prize Drawings (Must be present to win)
Hancock Ballroom, Lobby Level

12:15 p.m. Adjournment
Thank you for joining us! You will receive a conference survey by email, and we welcome your comments.


Schedule and speakers are subject to change.


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