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State and federal policies, politcal stalemate, and tight budgets have caused a power shift, increasing the importance of cities as service providers. Rather than shying away from this responsibility, city officials are embracing it. Right now, as one generation of municipal leaders helps prepare the next, those new leaders will also need to prepare their local governments for a bigger role in society. This year’s Conference will focus on the innovative policies and practices that will help local officials usher in this new era of city government, and maintain the success of Kansas cities for the future.

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The 2014 LKM Annual Conference will be held in Wichita, October 11-13. Conference events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita & Century II Convention Center.

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NOTE Sunday attendees: due to a marathon, there will be road closures and traffic controls in place. Click here for more information.

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Friday, October 10

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 11

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
KMU KanCap Workshop
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Municipal Leadership Academy
1:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tradeshow & Main Registration Open
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Legislative Policy Committee
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
“Appy Hour” & Break in Exhibit Hall
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Municipal Practice Roundtables Session I
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Host City Social Event

Sunday, October 12

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tradeshow & Registration Open
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Workshop Session I
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Trade Show Luncheon
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
General Session
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concluding Trade Show Break
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Municipal Practice Roundtables Session II
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
LKM Social Event

Monday, October 13

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Affiliate Breakfasts
9:30 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
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Closing General Session

NOTE: Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Saturday, October 11 • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Backyard Chickens & Other Animal Issues
  • Citizen Engagement: Mindmixer
  • State and Federal Property Sales
  • The Public Library Building Process
  • Recruiting Department Heads & City Executives
  • Media Relations 101
  • Guns and Knives: What CAN Cities Regulate?
  • Privatization & Contract Management
  • Recodifying Your Ordinances
  • Role of Local Government: What is a Public Purpose?
  • Budget Preparation from Start to Finish
  • Workers Compensation Administration
  • Asset Management
  • Generational Differences in the Workplace
  • Successes in Economic Development
  • How to Utilize Your League
  • The Impact of Recent EPA Actions
  • Training the Next Generation of Utility Personnel
  • Kansas PRIDE
  • KU’s Certified Public Manager Program

Sunday, October 12 • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Getting the Most Out of Your iPads/Tablets
  • Social Media Town Halls
  • Maximizing Your Business Incentives
  • The Ever-Changing Affordable Care Act
  • Embracing Life as a “Bedroom Community”
  • Community Clean-up Using City-wide Surveys
  • Leasing Public Property for Oil Extraction
  • Mayors as Trade Ambassadors
  • Priority Based Budgeting
  • Investing Your City’s Idle Funds
  • Municipal Finance Update
  • Municipal Debt After the Financial Crisis
  • Regulating DAS (Micro) Cell Towers
  • Building Permits, Roofers, & Lead-based Paint
  • Streamlining Development
  • Wichita’s Internal Mediation Program
  • Tourism Strategies for Small Cities
  • Water Infrastructure & Nitrate Issues
  • Text-to-911
  • What Do You Want From Your League Website?

All roundtables are scheduled for three consecutive sessions. NOTE: All workshop and roundtable discussion topics are subject to change. Refer to the program, distributed at conference, for final details.

  • Attracting Millenials: Young City Officials Panel
  • Chanute: Municipal Broadband to the Home
  • Smart Solutions to Creating Vibrant & Healthy Communities
  • The Future of Kansas Housing
  • Rural Cities: Attracting Residents & Encouraging Entrepreneurs
  • Emerging Issues in Personnel Management
  • Downtown Successes [Mobile Workshop]
  • Reversing Health Declines in Kansas
  • Continuous Process Improvement: Lean Six Sigma
  • Predictive Policing
  • The Governor’s 50 Year Water Vision
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • The City Clerk’s Role in Risk Management
  • Wichita’s Revitalized Water Infrastructure [Mobile Workshop]

NOTE: All workshop and roundtable discussion topics are subject to change. Refer to the program, distributed at conference, for final details.

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 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11.

    Maintaining openness in government is a key responsibility for elected and appointed city officials. It is critical that city and county attorneys, along with elected and appointed officials have a working knowledge of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). This workshop provides an in-depth analysis of KOMA and KORA. Attendees will receive copies of the Kansas Open Meetings Manual and the Kansas Open Records Manual published by LKM as a guide to the legal and practical applications of KOMA and KORA.
  • Municipal Finance (CORE)
    This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of municipal finance issues in Kansas. It will help city officials address the responsibility of fiscal operations at the local level to ensure effective service to your community.
  • Emergency Planning (ELECTIVE)
    This course will provide information necessary for a City to review their preparations for executing pre-disaster and response/recovery operations in a natural disaster. Topics include state and federal requirements and points of contact, local procedures for implementation and planning, and management tools to be able to assess a city to determine if they are prepared to execute recovery operations. Attendees will also receive source documents for the development of template recovery plans and operations, and have a chance to review the 2014 Kansas Response Plan.

Kansas Municipal Utilities KanCap Workshop (Elective)

Kansas Municipal Utilities

We are also pleased to be partnering with Kansas Municipal Utilities in presenting their KanCap workshop as a partnership between KMU, the Environmental Finance Center at WSU, and KDHE. On Saturday, October 11, this workshop will meet in conjunction with the LKM Annual Conference. While this workshop is free to attend, please register early as seating is limited. In order to attend this workshop, an individual must be registered for the LKM Annual Conference (either the full registration or Saturday’s single day registration is valid).

KanCap training will discuss water system capacity

  • Technical Capacity:
    The physical and operational ability of a water system to meet Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, including the adequacy of physical infrastructure, technical knowledge and capability of personnel, and adequate source water.
  • Financial Capacity:
    The ability of a water system to acquire and manage sufficient financial resources to allow the system to achieve and maintain compliance with SDWA requirements.
  • Managerial Capacity:
    The ability of a water system to conduct its affairs in a manner enabling the system to achieve and maintain compliance with SDWA requirements, including institutional and administrative capabilities.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, this workshop will meet in conjunction with the LKM Annual Conference.

  • Hyatt Regency Wichita**
    400 W Waterman
    Wichita, KS 67202
    (888) 421-1442
    Rate: $124 + tax per night
    Cut-off date: September 9, 2014

**Hyatt Regency Wichita requires a non-refundable deposit equal to one night’s stay in order to secure reservations. Complimentary self-park included for overnight guests, otherwise $6 per vehicle per day for drive-in guests.

Book Online @ Hyatt Regency Wichita



  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown
    525 S Main
    Wichita, KS 67202
    (316) 201-1400
    $119 + tax per night
    Cut-off date: 9/21/2014
  • Hotel at Water Walk
    711 S Main
    Wichita, KS 67213
    (316) 263-1061
    $124 + tax per night
    Cut-off date: 9/11/2014
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita
    400 W Douglas Ave
    Wichita, KS 67202
    (800) 325-0720
    $124 + tax per night
    Cut-off date: 9/26/2014
    Book Online @ Drury Hotels (Group # 2200943)
    * Hotel parking: $8 per car, per night


  • LKM has made special arrangements with the hotels listed to provide accommodations during our Annual Conference.
  • 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.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

12:30 p.m.
Load bus at Hyatt Regency Wichita
12:40 p.m.
Wichita Art Museum Tour
At the heart of the Wichita Art Museum’s mission is its distinguished collection. Since the founding of the museum in 1935, the permanent collection has grown to more than 8,000 objects with an emphasis in exceptional American art. Reflecting both the rich cultural heritage of the Great Plains and the broader development of art in America, the majority of the museum’s holdings have been acquired via the generosity of individuals – innovators, scholars, dedicated collectors, and museum friends – who have enabled WAM to build its internationally recognized collection. Guests will enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of some of the more popular collections at the WAM.
2:00 p.m.
Shopping at Bradley Fair
Bradley Fair has become a vibrant destination, offering guests a mix of local, regional and national stores and restaurants. Unique to the center is the open-air Bradley Fair Plaza with a year-round fountain overlooking the Bradley Fair Lake and island waterfall. The Bradley Fair Plaza hosts a variety of charitable and community events including an opera performance, summer concert series and fi reworks displays. Stop by Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates, where guests will be given a small box of chocolates courtesy of LKM.
4:00 p.m.
Drop-off at Hyatt Regency Wichita


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