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Annual League Conference



2018 Information:

Save the date for October 6-8, 2018 in Topeka for the next League Annual Conference: Ideas Worth Exploring. All conference events will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel/Maner Conference Center & Kansas Expocentre.

Just like famous explorers of the past, local government leaders find themselves leading an ongoing expedition to solve community challenges and advance the cities they serve. This is our premier annual event and will be packed with opportunities to network with other officials and learn from your peers, as well as pioneers in local government. 

Our goal with this event is to: 
• Provide you the resources needed to be knowledgeable and skilled in your local government role; 
• Offer opportunities to expand your knowledge of local government issues as well as engage with other leaders to share and brainstorm ideas to implement in your community; 
• Engage the audience to think creatively and use problem-solving tactics to address common municipal challenges. 

We’re excited to offer this opportunity to cities across Kansas and we hope you’ll come ready to explore the possibilities and discover the difference local government can make! 

Registration & Hotel Information:

Conference registration and hotel blocks will open July 1, and the full registration brochure will be included with the July issue of the Kansas Government Journal.

Who should attend?

The League's Annual Conference offers something for everyone. We recommend councilmembers/commissioners, mayors, managers and administrators, clerks, and department heads attend our conference. A number of valuable workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities await you! 

Vendor & Sponsor Opportunities:

If you are a vendor interested in exhibiting, please click here, or contact Kate Cooley. Booths are already being reserved!

Want to increase your visibility among local government officials? We also offer sponsorship opportunities. Click here to see the sponsorship levels we have available.

City Attorney Association of Kansas (CAAK):

City Attorneys Association CLE will take place Friday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with the League Annual Conference. (Registration is at 8:30 a.m.)

Inspire Create Innovate Community Awards:

A new feature at conference - click here to find out more about these awards and to apply!

2018 Schedule-at-a-Glance:

Saturday, October 6
10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Legislative Policy Committee

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    
Municipal Training Institute

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Governing Body Meeting

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
'Appy Hour & Welcome Reception

6:00 p.m. -
Open Evening





Sunday, October 7
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Nominating Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
"Ask an Expert" Session

11:00 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.
General Session

12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Trade Show Opening & Lunch

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops Session I

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
KMIT Annual Meeting

5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Trade Show Reception

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
League & Host City Social Event


Monday, October 8
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Registration Open

7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Trade Show Hall Open

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Affiliate Breakfasts

8:35 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
"Rapid Fire" Workshops

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Trade Show Hall: Final Prize Giveaway

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops II

12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Public Service Awards

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops III

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Community/Innovation Awards Panel

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Closing Business Meeting

*City Attorneys Association CLE will take place Friday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration is at 8:30 a.m.)

Ask an Expert Session and Rapid Fire Workshops return for 2018:

Back by popular demand!

“Ask an Expert” Session: At this session Sunday morning, League staff and Municipal Business Alliance representatives will be stationed at numbered tables, with a sign noting 2-3 topics which they are considered “experts.” This is set up to be an open discussion session, and an opportunity for conference attendees to ask their burning questions.

“Rapid Fire” Workshops: This session Monday morning is a new twist on the old roundtable format, where attendees loved the ability to get a lot of information in a short period of time, but often felt noise was an issue. We’ve taken the same time/rotation concept, but rather than have the session take place in one large room, each session will be in individual breakout rooms.  

A copy of the registration brochure will be included with the July Kansas Government Journal.



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