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KACM 2022

Join us February 10 

Be part of the KACM Winter Seminar for an opportunity to engage around topics that impact city/county management.

More information about KACM can be found here

Marcus Welcome Center |Wichita State University | Map to Location

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  • Early Bird Registration: $135 (register by January 19)
  • Late Registration: $145 (register by February 2)
  • Intern/Students: $25


John Nalbandian, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas

Photo of man in front of grass.  John Nalbandian.

John Nalbandian, emeritus professor at the University of Kansas has spent his academic career focusing on local government. john has been recognized nationally for his teaching, research, and service. in addition to his academic work, john served for eight years on the Lawrence city commission, including two terms as mayor. he has been recognized in Kansas as both elected official and academic administrator of the year. He continues to be active in community affairs, serving on three advisory boards as well as chairing a recently completed commission initiated community task force exploring modifications in the form of government.

Governing in a Disruptive Environment- Charting a Course in a Stormy Sea

There are several disruptive forces affecting local government which impacts community identity of who we are and will become. These changes widen the gap between political acceptability and operational sustainability. Dr. Nalbandian will talk about how managers/administrators and partners can bridge the gap, network problem-solving structures, and implement engagement processes to produce community resilience.

What Have You Been Reading? 

Access the link here to tell us what you have been reading. 

For the past few years, the Winter Seminar has offered a breakout session on "What are You Reading & What Have You Learned". This is a facilitated discussion that allows attendees to talk about and recommend books they have or are reading, provide a brief summary of the book, and talk about what they have learned. This session will be offered at the 2022 Seminar and will be led by Brian Silcott, City Manager, City of Goddard. Please take a moment to provide your book information. This information will be included in a summary document that will be available to all attendees.

Winter Seminar Schedule 



8:00 Registration & Networking
8:30 Welcome from KACM and WSU | KACM & Misty Bruckner, WSU
8:45-9:45 Keynote | Dr. John Nalbandian | "Governing in a Disruptive Environment: Charting a Course in a Stormy Sea"
10:00-10:45 Breakout Session 1 | Nigel Soria & Misty Bruckner, WSU | "The Importance of Community Engagement in Comprehensive Planning"
Breakout Session 2 | Brenda Dietzman | "Mental Health Coalitions: How to Solve Problems with Partners"

Breakout Session 3 | Cole Herder, City Administrator, City of Humboldt | "Innovation in Humboldt Kansas" 
Breakout Session 4 | Dulcinea Rakestraw | "Data-Driven Decision Making"



11:45 - 12:15 Lunch and Networking Opportunity                                                                                                                                                                                        
12:15- 1:00 Presentation | Amanda Graor, MARC | "Developing a Talent Pipeline"


1:15-2:15 General Session | Stanley Adams, Director, Office of Broadband | "The Need for Broadband in Kansas"
2:30-3:15 Breakout Session 7 | Dr. John Nalbandian | "Disruptive Times Workshop" 
Breakout Session 8 | Brian Silcott, City Administrator, City of Goddard | "What Are You Reading?" 
3:30-4:30 General Session | Bryan Caskey, Director of Elections | "What to Know in the Redistricting Process"
4:30 General Session & Closing | KACM


Topics to Look Forward to:

  • Addressing the Digital Divide
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Developing a New Talent Pipeline in Public Service
  • Importance of Partnerships in Addressing Mental Health in the Community
  • Recognizing the Multiple Dimensions of DEI
  • The Importance of Community Engagement in Comprehensive Planning
  • What Are You Reading?
  • What to Know in the Redistricting Process

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Request for Accommodations

If you need to request special accommodations, please request at registration.

Paula Downs Headshot Conference Contact

Paula Downs | Staff Support, KACM
Wichita State University Public Policy and Management Center
(316) 978-6678