Kansas City / County Management Conference 2015

Conversations for Better Communities

Date: Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, 2015
  Note: The conference falls on dates that KU and Lawrence will be busy hosting guests for the Kansas Relays. Please keep this in mind for booking your hotel (do it soon!) and driving to/parking at the conference.
Time: Thursday: 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Stick around for a friendly basketball game at the Sports Pavilion Lawrence)
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: University of Kansas, Kansas Memorial Union
1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS 66045
  • Individuals: $245
  • Group registration (from the same organization; must be paid for together): $245 for first person, $220 for each additional person
  • Retirees: $115
  • Students: $10 The student rate is for full-time students and for part-time students whose employers are not paying the conference fee for the student.
  • KACM Luncheon (Thursday) - optional: $25
  • Breakfast (Friday) - optional: $15
Deadline: Registration will be accepted through April 7, 2015.

Register here.

Lodging: Listing of Lawrence hotels.
Parking: View Parking options.
Contact: Alecia Gray at agray@ku.edu or 785-864-6864

How to Get the Most Out of YOUR Conference

  • Bring your business cards so that you don’t have to scramble for a piece of paper as you meet people with whom you’d like to stay connected.
  • Before each session starts, introduce yourself to your seat neighbors. We try to make it easy to get past the initial “who are you and what do you do” with nametags; you can explore further from there. Ask about their community, current projects, or past challenges and use the opportunity to build your network.
  • Talk to everyone and anyone during breaks! If you’re an experienced attendee, make sure that you’re welcoming and getting to know your newer colleagues in the profession.
  • Attend the KACM lunch on Thursday to find out what’s going on in the association.
  • Go to the Thursday basketball game, either to play or cheer on the teams.
  • Get a group together on Thursday evening (or invite yourself along with a group) and hang out at a local establishment.
  • Go to the Friday morning breakfast. The somewhat smaller group opens up the chance to get into deeper conversations, faster.
  • If you’re on social media, engage with other conference attendees through Facebook and Twitter using #KCCM2015.

Parking Resources & Options

  • The KU Parking Map (PDF), includes parking meters and lots.
  • The Mississippi Street Garage is directly connected to the Kansas Union, which is where the conference is. You can see the prices and how to work the garage system (Ignore the piece about the QR code.)
    • If you look for the Mississippi Street Garage on the KU Map, it's at about K3 and is an orange block with a listing of MISSPG.
  • Visitor permits are available from the KU Parking Office to park in one of the surface lots. The hours for the Parking Office are listed at the bottom of the Parking website.
    • You can purchase a full-day or half-day permit to park in a blue, red, or yellow lot.
    • You can purchase a permit for the Park & Ride lots. (Those lots are on the KU map at B9-D10 on West Campus.) You’d take Bus #41 to the Union.
  • There’s free street parking in the area around the Union. This map has an indicator on the Union so you can see the area. What it doesn’t show is that there’s a steep hill up to the Union. FYI: for these spaces, you’re competing with students, faculty, staff, and people who live there. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to find a parking space – but that competition is a real factor.
  • There’s a downtown Lawrence parking garage at 7th and Vermont. Here’s the link to Lawrence Transit, which is a collaboration between the City and the University, and it will show you the bus route between downtown and the Union.

Planning Committee


  • Don Cawby, City of Osawatomie
  • Art Davis, Art Davis Group
  • Patty Gentrup, The Novak Consulting Group
  • Carol Gonzales, City of Shawnee
  • Alecia Gray, KU School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • Laura Howard, KU Public Management Center
  • Ray Hummert, KU School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • John Nalbandian, KU School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • Mike Nolan, City of Lenexa
  • Randy Partington, Finney County
  • Noel Rasor, KU Public Management Center
  • Angie Soden, KU School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • Diane Stoddard , City of Lawrence
  • April Warden, Seward County

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