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Kansas Association of City/County Management

2018 Winter Conference:

Creating an Innovative Organization


Thursday, February 1, 2018  |  9 am to 4 pm

Rhatigan Student Center
Beggs Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Wichita State University Campus (map)

Early-bird rate (before or on January 26) $130
Regular rate (on or after January 27) $145
Student/Intern rate $25

Light breakfast and full lunch are both provided.

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See a tentative schedule

This year's conference brings together leaders in innovation, creative and practical ideas and platforms for discussion on changing organizational culture to one of innovation.

New and changing demands--technology, changing demographics, new economic pressures--require governments to think differently about how they develop regulations, policies and services. Traditional approaches alone are no longer adequate in the face of competing needs and increased demand for services. Innovation in internal processes, policy design and implementation, service delivery and regulatory approaches will be critical if government is to successfully deliver services and meet budgets.

Topics will include:

  • Creating a culture of innovation - inspiration and takeaways
  • What to consider during implementation of innovative ideas - accounting for the punitive/regulatory environment
  • Legislative overview - what cities and counties should know
  • What innovative organizations have done - panel discussion
  • Transformation and innovation at Wichita State University
  • Tour of the GoCreate space on WSU campus

Tentative Schedule

8:30 Registration & Networking Light Breakfast
9:00 Welcome KACM & PPMC
9:15 Keynote: Creating a Culture of Innovation

John January, Co-CEO,
Sullivan Higdon & Sink Kansas City

10:30 Keynote-led Workshop: Key Things to Do in Consideration of the Punitive/Regulatory Environment John January
11:30 Networking Lunch Presentation: Legislative Overview Trey Cocking, Deputy Director,
League of Kansas Municipalities
12:30 Panel Discussion: How Organizations Have Created an Innovative Culture Area Managers
2:00 WSU Transformation and Innovation Dr. John Tomblin, VP for Research and Technology Transfer, Executive Director of NIAR,
Wichita State University
3:00 Closing KACM & PPMC
3:15 Tour GoCreate GoCreate Staff