65th Annual Kansas City / County Management Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 17-18, 2014

Kansas Memorial Union, KU Lawrence Campus

Thank you for attending the Kansas City / County Management Conference!

You can see pictures from the conference in a Facebook album»

Thank you to:

  • Our inspiring speakers and panelists.
  • Our generous sponsors, who make this conference possible! Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: Black Hills Energy and George K. Baum & Company; our Gold Sponsor: Columbia Capital Municipal Advisors; our Silver Sponsor: The Novak Consulting Group; and our Bronze Sponsor: City of Olathe, KS. Thank you also to Black Hills Energy for donating seats to students.
  • You, in advance. We would be ever so grateful if you would let us know how you felt the conference went. Please set aside 5-10 minutes to take the conference survey». If you registered but did not attend, there are still questions that pertain to you and you’ll be done with the survey in about 2 minutes. Your feedback helps us improve and we greatly appreciate your comments.


Leading the

21st Century


IWPA 2012

  Date: Thursday and Friday, April 17-18, 2014
    Note: The conference falls on dates that KU and Lawrence will be busy hosting guests for the Kansas Relays. (The Relays will mostly be held at Rock Chalk Park with a couple of events being held at Memorial Stadium. Click here to see the Relays Schedule PDF.») 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 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 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: Although full-service registration closed on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST, we still have some spaces remaining.
  Lodging: Listing of Lawrence hotels.»
  Parking: Scroll down
  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 afternoon roundtables, which are designed to be interactive.
  • 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 #KCCM2014.


Parking Resources & Options

  • The KU Parking Map», includes parking meters and lots.
  • The Missisippi 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 here.» (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 permit for $10 a day (or $5 for half a day) to park in a blue or red lot. (The yellow lot #94 closest to the Union will be reserved for the Relays.)
    • You can purchase a permit for the Park & Ride lots for $2 a day. (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 new downtown Lawrence parking garage at 7th and Vermont that’s currently free. According to KU Parking, you’d take the #11 bus and it drops off in front of the Union. Lawrence Transit», which is a collaboration between the City and the University

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