2014 KACM Winter Seminar

“What!?! Did I Just Hear What I Thought I Heard!?!”

Wichita, KS
February 7, 2014

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Seminar Agenda:

8:15 a.m.   Registration
8:30 a.m.   Welcome - Trey Cocking, President, Kansas Association of City and County Managers
8:45 a.m.  It Takes 4 To Tango - Candy Whirley

In It Takes 4 To Tango, Candy takes her participants through a brilliant exploration of behavioral styles that will make them think, laugh…and recognize their true self and others. They will also learn to overcome personality differences that lead to problems like communication breakdown, negotiation letdown, and delegation fall-down by learning the secrets to connecting and partnering with other personality styles.

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Topic Area 1:  Internal  Communication and Collaboration

  • “Life on the Other Side of the Coin: Thoughts on How to Better the Department Head/Manager   Relationship”; Brian Silcott, City Administrator, Goddard, KS; ID Creech, Public Works Director, Hays, KS; Facilitated by Trey Cocking, City Manager, Atchison, KS

This session will be led by a panel comprised of Managers that have once worked as department heads, and department heads that have formally worked as Managers.  Having lived on “both sides of the coin,” these panelists will share from their experiences what they believe builds an effective Department Head/Manager relationship.  

  • “Harnessing Skills, Building Teams, Changing Culture”; City of Wichita ACT-ICT Facilitators Workshop

In the fall of 2012, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County worked together, with the assistance of the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs to design a community survey that would gauge citizens priorities and willingness to invest in their community.  After community surveys were returned and data was analyzed, the City worked with the Hugo Wall School and an outside communications consultant to train a cross-departmental team of internal facilitators to lead an extensive community engagement effort, ACT-ICT.  This group of a little over 10 facilitators have led over 100 meetings across Wichita to provide information on     current City issues, gather further input related to priorities while reflecting on the survey results, and gather data related to preferred level and form of investment in the community’s vision for the future.  This session led by a team of ACT-ICT facilitators, will discuss a real-life example of how locating and harnessing skills of  the unique voices in your organization and building teams can begin positively changing culture while also fulfilling a critical need.   Come to this interactive discussion to learn how building cross-departmental teams to address critical needs can benefit your organization and community.

11:45 a.m. Lunch and Legislative Update—Bernie Koch, Kansas Economic Policy Council

1:00 pm Topic Area 2:  Citizen Communication and Engagement

  • “2013 Olathe Street Maintenance Sales Tax Initiative: Informing Citizens and Creating Results” - Erin Vader, Communication and Public Engagement Manager, City of Olathe, KS

In November 2013, 57% of Olathe voters approved a 10-year, 3/8th cent sales tax to support a shortfall in Olathe's street maintenance funding.  This sales tax was voted on following an extensive public information campaign to inform citizens on the condition of city streets, emerging trends that would affect the cost to maintain the streets and the revenues needed to do so, and how the sales tax dollars would be used.  Come to this session to hear Olathe’s story and learn tips on how to carry out a successful public information campaign. 

  • “Successfully Communicating and Engaging in a Diverse Community”—Matt Allen, City Administrator, City of Garden City; accompanied by Department and Communication staff

As of the 2010 Census, the population of Garden City was 49 percent Hispanic or Latino in ethnicity, and the median age was 29 years. The Kansas population in the 2010 Census looked much different, with 11 percent Hispanic and Latino in ethnicity and the median age 37 years.  Although the population of Kansas is not yet as diverse as Garden City, trends show that communities across the nation are increasingly becoming more        diverse.  Garden City is mastering the art of communicating to a diverse community.  Come to this session to hear Garden City’s story and learn tips on how local governments can more successfully communicate and engage in increasingly diverse communities. 

2:15  pm Break

2:30 pm Topic Area 3: Effectively Staffing Elected Officials

3:45 pm Reception


Early Registration (On or Before January 24th): $115
Regular Registration (After January 24th): $130
Intern and Student Registration: $25


Please inform the conference staff of any special needs you have.


Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University
5015 E. 29th Street North (Corner of 29th and Oliver)
Suderman Commons Room
Wichita, KS 67220


Please make all checks payable to :

WSU Office of University Conferences

Your full payment or a purchase order can be mailed to:

WSU Office of University Conferences
1845 N Fairmount
Office of University Conferences
Campus Box 136
Wichita, KS 67260-0136

REGISTRATION Questions & More Information--

For questions regarding your registration or the registration process, please contact Jana E. Henderson.

Phone: 316.978.6493
Fax: 316.978.3064
Email: conference.office@wichita.edu

For 2014 KACM Winter Seminar Questions please contact Corinne Bannon, Hugo Wall School Public Affairs Associate, at 316-978-6538 or corinne.bannon@wichita.edu

Cancellation & Payment Policy:

PAYMENT: Invoices will be emailed after receipt of registration. Payments can be made by check, credit card or money order upon receipt of invoice. Make checks payable to the Office of University Conferences. Purchase orders are accepted. Payments not received within 30 days after the event are subject to a 25% late fee. Payments not received within 60 days or more are subject to an additional 25% late fee.

CANCELLATIONS: Must be in writing (mailed, faxed or e-­mail to conference.office@wichita.edu. A 25% administrative fee will be assessed on all cancellations (this includes purchase orders). There will be no refunds after January 31. Substitutions are welcome.