KACM Annual Conference

Manhattan, KS • December 3-5
Hilton Garden Inn/Manhattan Conference Center

Online Registration is closed. Please call LKM at (785) 354-9565 to attend.   Hotel Accommodations

About This Year’s Conference

One of the unfortunate trends in the public sphere is the growth of partisanship, polarization, and general divisiveness. As local government managers, you are tasked with bridging these divisions and delivering services efficiently and equitably. The theme of this year’s KACM annual conference, “Building Communities Together,” centers around these challenges. You will learn strategies for dealing with conflict on your governing body, how to build trust between your local government and its citizens, advice for creating meaningful connections with state officials, and seasoned managers will have an opportunity to share experiences with those just entering the profession. Other highlights will include interesting mobile tours, timely legal updates, and a number of valuable networking opportunities. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to learn and grow as local government managers.

ICMA University

The ICMA University workshop is built into the main portion of the conference and is included in your registration fee. There is no need to register separately for this comprehensive training. It is designed for all attendees to participate.

Ethics At Work!
One way of helping protect the integrity of your organization is to keep ethics in the forefront with your employees. Ethics At Work Workshop is about helping your staff identify and resolve ethical issues and establishing a foundation for a strong and successful workplace and life. As we’ve all seen in the news, it seems that ethical choices are more complex when people are under pressure. In the public sector, we need to understand that while something might be legal, it doesn’t mean it’s ethical. In these challenging times, everyone could use a refresher to help build skills and learn practical strategies for making ethical choices. Ethics At Work Workshop is based on the values of public service, and will provide a framework for addressing everyday ethical issues and serve as a platform for participant discussion about many common ethical concerns. Presented by: Martha Perego, ICMA’s Director of Ethics

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, December 3

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Speed Mentoring
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon Mobile Workshop
Stops TBD by City of Manhattan
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner & Social Event: Sunset Zoo - Nature Exploration Center
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Hospitality Reception: Hilton Garden Inn

Thursday, December 4

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Legal Update
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Reconnecting City & State Officials
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
ICMA Workshop: Ethics At Work! Part I
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Awards Luncheon
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ICMA Workshop: Ethics At Work! Part II
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Life After this Position
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Keeping Wealth in Your Community
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner & Social Event: Flint Hills Discovery Center
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Hospitality Reception: Hilton Garden Inn

Friday, December 5

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast & KACM Business Meeting
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Building Citizen Trust
  • Essential Hiring Practices
  • Cyber Security
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
General Session: Leadership During Political Conflict
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
“The Unconference”
12:00 p.m.

Online Registration is closed. Please call LKM at (785) 354-9565 to attend.

Registration Information

Register online by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 to receive the early registration rate. Registrations received after this date (including on-site registration) must pay an additional $25 late fee.

  • KACM Member Registration ($160.00)
  • NON-KACM Member Registration ($195.00)
  • Lifetime and Honorary Registration ($50.00)
  • Spouse/Guest Registration ($50.00)
  • Student (Free)
  • Late Registration after November 21, 2014 (add $25.00)

Note: Your conference registration fee includes all sessions (including the ICMA University workshop), meals, and social events.

Online Registration is closed. Please call LKM at (785) 354-9565 to attend.

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn &
Manhattan Conference Center (Driving Directions)
401 S. 3rd Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
(785) 532-9116

($114 + tax per night)

Fairfield Inn & Suites
by Marriott (Driving Directions)
300 Colorado Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
(785) 539-2400

($122 + tax per night)

Interested in Becoming a Host City?

If your city is interested in hosting the KACM Annual Conference in 2016, submit an RFP.