Lights, Action, Kansas! The featured projects (and behind the scenes work) building Kansas communities of the future.

Kansas Department of Commerce

Keynote by Kansas Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce will kick off the conference with a discussion of the projects that are putting Kansas Center stage around the country. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Nadira Hazim-Patrick and Special Projects Liaison, Doug Bach will give us an overview, and will further discuss what policies "move the needle" in getting companies to come to Kansas, and what it is local communities can do to prepare themselves for consideration of economic development efforts.

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The remainder of the day will include (see details below):

An update on the preparations for the World Cup 2026 in Kansas City, and what this underdog city did to land the hearts, minds, and confidence of FIFA!

The work required "beind the scenes: to bring development to communities.  For example,  

  • How can we build a workforce if there is a shortage of affordable childcare?   
  • What will these projects look like "on the ground"?  How are communities preparing?  We'll hear from them!
  • What will these new employers do to make themselves attractive to new talent, and how will organizations retain the talent they have?    
  • Can alternative delivery methods deliver better products AND receive community support?  

Tickets are $165/person. 

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Questions? Email Alex Terwilliger, Associate Director

Schedule Details for KCCM 2023
9:00Preview of Coming Attractions: New Projects Putting Kansas Center Stage.  What Policies Contribute to Economic Development and How Can Communities Assist in the ProcessKS Dept. of Commerce Assistant Secretary, Nadira Hazim-Patrick, and Special Projects Liaison Doug Bach
10:30-11:45World Premiere.  Bursting the Bubble: Kansas City's Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World CupKatherine Holland, Executive Director KC2026

KACM Membership Luncheon ($35.00)

OR - Lunch on Your Own

Oread Hotel


1:30-3:00Breakout SessionsPlease attend 2/3 breakout topics.  Each session is 45 minutes
Session 1Mystery Theater:  The Status of Attainable Childcare in Kansas

Childcare Aware KS: Tanya Koehn, Director of Community & Family Services, and Sarah Minshull, Director of Innovation, Programs & Strategy

Lucas Neece, Grant Manager, Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund

Jeremy Fite, Executive Director Hilltop Child Development Center, Lawrence KS

Session 2Casting Call.  Finding and Retaining Talent of Emerging Leaders

Brady Fisher, KU MPA Fellow Class 2024, LKM 

Brad Harris KU MPA Fellow Class of 2024, City of Lawrence

Sonia Khosla, Emerging Leaders Academy  Graduate, December 2022, Communications Specialist Johnson County Mental Health Center

Session 3Set Design.  What you Need to Know about Alternative Delivery A Panel Discussion Using Transportation, Vertical, Water/Wastewater Projects as Examples of Alternative Delivery.  TranSystems
3:00-5:00Planning and Meeting Time for CommitteesVarious locations
5:30- 8:00KACM Foundation Fundraiser ($35.00)Carnegie Building 200 W. 9th Street
8:45-9:00Welcome and Announcements 
9:00-10:15The Kansas Legislative Session.  Comedy, Horror, or Drama for Local Government?

Spencer Duncan Government Affairs Director, League of Kansas Municipalities

Nathan Eberline, Executive Director, League of Kansas Municipalities

10:30-11:45On Location.  How Local Communities are Preparing for the Impact of Economic Development

Moderator:  Hannes Zacharias, Professor of Practice, KU SPAA

Michael Brungardt, City Administrator, DeSoto Kansas

Nick Hernandez, City Manager, Dodge City Kansas

Mike Schrage, City Manager, Salina Kansas

Robert Skipper, Member Tourism and Visitor Board, Coffey County Kansas

11:45-noonConference Wrap Up 
Noon-1:30Women Leading Government LuncheonOread Hotel