Advance communities through planning, talent, workforce, and organizational initiatives 

The PPMC engages with government professionals, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and community members to further develop their professional skills and help them stay relevant in their fields. Our trainings, events staffing, and management assistance makes the PPMC a valuable extension of your team.

Core services of the PPMC Talent Initiatives team:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Customized Training & Facilitation
  • Curriculum and Instruction Support
  • Administration of Conferences, Events, and Programs
  • Staffing Support for Conferences, Events, and Programs
  • Staffing Support for Professional Associations

Training Workshops

The PPMC provides professional development workshops to government administrators, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and community members on a variety of topics essential to public service. Choose from our list, contact us with questions!

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Strategic Planning

Did you know the PPMC conducts strategic plans?

Provide your community or organization a focus and framework for the future. The PPMC's strategic planning process involves the development of objectives, goals and strategies in support of a community's top priorities. Our team of facilitation experts makes working with your group look easy. We quickly synthesize your priorities and information to create a plan that works. 



Paula Downs
Talent & Organizational Success Manager
Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State University

(316) 978-6678

Email Paula



PPMC Programs

Local Government Network

Local Government Network

The Local Government Network (LGN) is a set of webinars and roundtables for local government professionals.

Women in Public Service

Women in Public Service

Women in Public Service (WPS) is an association of public service professionals created for networking and learning together. WPS hosts bi-monthly events throughout the year at central locations in Wichita as well as an annual conference held at WSU.


Public Service Recognition Week

PSRW is a national celebration to honor those who serve our communities as government employees. The PPMC plans activities to honor and celebrate our partners in public service.

Associations & Conferences

The PPMC provides full-service management and logistical support for professional associations in the areas of membership, board support, professional conferences, facilitation, marketing, website and more. 

Kansas Government Finance Officers Association (KSGFOA)

The Kansas Government Finance Officers Association (KSGFOA) partners with Wichita State University’s Public Policy and Management Center to provide membership development and operational support for the association. In addition, WSU staff provides conference planning, board support, marketing assistance and financial management support to the association.

KSGFOA Website


Kansas Museums Association (KMA)

The Kansas Museums Association (KMA) is the statewide organization for museums, historical societies, art galleries, nature centers and zoos, and is administrated by PPMC staff members. KMA is the primary provider of professional development education, advocacy, networking opportunities, and information for Kansas museums.

KMA Website

Kansas Museum Association

City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers Association of Kansas (CCMFOA)

ccmfoa logoSince 1991, the Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State University has managed and conducted professional development for the City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers Association of Kansas (CCMFOA). 

The Kansas/IIMC Municipal Clerks Certification Institute and Master Municipal Clerks Academy respond to the professional development needs of all municipal clerks and their office staff in Kansas. The courses offer theoretical and practical guidance in public administration, social and interpersonal concerns and special topics. 

The City Clerk and Municipal Finance Officers Association of Kansas holds it annual Spring Conference providing professional development opportunities to City Clerks across the state of Kansas.  These sessions are approved by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks for education points to allow the clerks to continue to work towards their professional designations.

CCMFOA Website

CCMFOA Spring Conference

Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association (KCCEOA)

kcceoa logoIn 1992, the Kansas County Clerks’ and Election Officials’ Association (KCCEOA) invited the Public Policy and Management Center at Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs to collaborate in the design and development of a certification institute for county clerks in Kansas. The result was the Sanborn Institute, a three-year institute covering professional development in public management, interpersonal skills, and technical skills. In 1995, the Sanborn Master Academy was added to offer continuing education for certified county clerks.

KCCEOA Website
Sanborn Institute and Master Academy

Workforce Innovation Conference

The Workforce Innovation Conference is jointly hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents and features a series of presentations and workshops aimed at enhancing and improving workforce solutions in the State of Kansas.

2024 City/County Management Summit

This is your opportunity to engage on various topics that directly impact city/county management. You will be able to select sessions that give you an opportunity to expand your skills, knowledge and abilities. Come and hear from experienced presenters, network with other professionals, engage with the keynote speaker, and participate in 45-minute breakout sessions.  

2024 City/County Management Summit Information