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2015 Conference Program Available Now!

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to join us at the conference, please call the League at (785) 354-9565. We’d love to see you there!

In local government, it is easy to become consumed by big projects or politically charged issues. However, to operate a successful city, officials must remember the basics of good governance, understand their roles within the organization, and know key municipal laws. At this conference, city officials will learn the fundamentals that define local government in Kansas and the lessons to help meet the challenges within their organization. Join us in Topeka October 10 – 12, 2015, for the premier training opportunity for Kansas city officials.

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The 2015 LKM Annual Conference will be held in Topeka, October 10-12. Conference events will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Kansas Expocentre.

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Friday, October 9

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
City Attorneys CLE
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
City Attorneys Luncheon
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
City Attorneys Breakout Sessions
2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
City Attorneys CLE continued
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
City Attorneys Reception

Saturday, October 10

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Municipal Leadership Academy
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tradeshow & Registration Open
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Legislative Policy Committee
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
"Solution Sessions" Vendor Roundtables
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Host City Event/Exhibitor Social
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Topeka Jazz Festival

Sunday, October 11

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tradeshow Open
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & "Solution Sessions"
Vendor Roundtables
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Workshop I
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Trade Show Luncheon
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Opening General Session
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concluding Trade Show Break & Dessert
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Municipal Practice Roundtables & Two Concurrent Workshops
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
League Social Event

Monday, October 12

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Affiliate Breakfasts
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
General Session
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops II
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Public Service Awards Luncheon
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops III
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Closing General Session

NOTE: Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Roundtable Discussions
Sunday, October 11

  • Economic Development Essentials
  • Team Building for Your Governing Body
  • “Bob’s” Rules of Order
  • Lessons Learned: Leveraging Grants and Private Donations for Public Playgrounds
  • Maximizing the Return on Your Community Festival
  • Update on Street Maintenance Funding
  • Working with State Agencies to Better Your City
  • Dealing with the Media
  • Controlling Your Organization’s Health Care Costs
  • Lessons Learned: Dealing with a Difficult Councilmember/Commissioner
  • Developing Focus: Mindfulness Meditation
  • The Benefits of PRIDE
  • Advancing Your Career through KU’s Public Management Center
  • Building a Good Relationship with Your Local School Board
  • Office Management Essentials
  • Regulating the Sharing Economy
  • Law Enforcement Body Cameras
  • Budgeting with a Tax Lid

All roundtables are scheduled for three consecutive sessions.

Concurrent Workshop Topics
Sunday, October 11 & Monday, October 12

  • Future of IT in Government
  • Small City Solutions
  • Creating an Effective Code Enforcement System
  • Priority Based Budgeting
  • Improving Staff-Governing Body Relations
  • Telecommunication and ROW Issues
  • Case Study: Reversing Rural Depopulation
  • Tips for Marketing Your Community
  • Operating Your Government More Efficiently and Effectively
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Dealing with the Transition to Fall Elections
  • What Am I in Charge of? Understanding Roles in a Small City Government
  • Overview of the 2015 Legislative Session
  • Leadership Basics
  • First-time Conference Attendee Orientation

The above are scheduled for concurrent workshops. Two topics will also be offered at the same time.

Sunday, October 11 • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lowell Catlett, Ph.D

Regent’s Professor/Dean and Chief Administrative Officer
at New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

"Blueprint for an Eden”

Urban communities will have components of rural—green, ecological and food producing and rural will be virtually connected. Policing, transit, healthcare, education and entertainment are ubiquitous. They are self-contained energy producers and refuse recyclers and are totally lifestyle focused. The labor force is neither blue nor white collar. The 21st Century will be the first in 60 centuries of human history where humans will be begin to reach their
full potential and communities, whether or not they are urban or rural, will be at the heart of this revolution.

Monday, October 12 • 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Shane Lopez, Ph.D.

Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute

“Leading with Hope”

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to teach people that investing in their future pays off today. Leaders don’t necessarily have the budget or staffing that they need or want, but they do have infinite resources — hopeful thinking — in every one of their followers. Followers look to leaders to capitalize on the spirit and ideas of the times, to dream big, and to motivate them toward a meaningful future. Followers that get their needs met by hopeful leaders will get things done for years to come.

The Municipal Leadership Academy is a continuing education program designed for both elected and appointed city officials. The purpose of the Academy is to provide an interactive curriculum of specialized instruction that will develop the knowledge and enhance the leadership abilities of those who serve the cities of Kansas. There is a separate $100 charge for these trainings, and lunch will be provided. MLA sessions will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10.

  • Mini GBI (CORE)
  • Nuisance Abatement (ELECTIVE)
  • The Power of Leadership (ELECTIVE)

  • Capitol Plaza Hotel**
    1717 SW Topeka Blvd
    Topeka, KS 66612
    Rate: $102 + tax per night
    Cut-off date: September 18, 2015

**The Capitol Plaza requires a non-refundable deposit equal to one night’s stay in order to secure reservations.



  • Ramada, Downtown Topeka
    420 SE 6th St
    Topeka, KS 66607
    $99 + tax per night
    Cut-off date: 10/1/2015
    Distance to confrence: 1.9 miles
  • Hyatt Place Topeka
    6021 SW 6th Ave
    Topeka, KS 66615
    $102 + tax per night
    Cut-off date: 9/25/2015
    Distance to confrence 7.3 miles.
  • Clubhouse Inn & Suites
    924 SW Henderson
    Topeka, KS 66615
    $ 83+ tax per night
    Cut-off date: 9/25/2015
    Distance to confrence: 7.2 miles.


  • LKM has made special arrangements with the hotels listed to provide accommodations during our Annual Conference.
  • Reservations may be made beginning February 1, 2015
  • Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations. Please contact the hotel directly.
  • Remember to ask for the special LKM conference rate when making reservations.


If you are making hotel reservations for someone else, please confirm with each person that they actually need hotel accommodations before making the reservation.


For more information, contact Anna DeBusk at (785) 354-9565, or .