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Governing Body Institute

The Governing Body Institute and Kansas Mayors Conference provides elected and appointed city leaders an opportunity to gather and discuss the challenges facing our cities and how leadership at the local level can better address contemporary issues in local government.

The Governing Body Institute and Kansas Mayors Conference set for April 20-21 in Topeka includes a selection of workshops and general sessions designed to provide insight into local government issues, as well as provide useful strategies to take back to your community.

Attending GBI is the first step new officials should take toward success in public office. Re-elected officials or longer-term appointed officials will also value the up-to-date information on municipal operations and networking opportunities this conference offers.

Cost to attend is $175 for both days, and includes a newly revised copy of the Governing Body Handbook for each registrant.

Mayors sessions will take place Friday afternoon 1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.; the Governing Body Institute for all elected or appointed officials will kick off at 3:00 p.m. with a Q&A session for newly elected officials. Saturday's agenda applies to all elected or appointed officials.

Conference events will take place in the Maner Conference Center, connected to the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. [The front entrance of the conference center is located at the corner of 17th/Western.]

Hotel reservations may be made by calling the Capitol Plaza hotel directly at (800) 579-7937 or online here - please make sure you identify yourself as part of the League's block when you call. The rate is $97, plus tax and is only available until March 30, 2018 or until the block sells out.

Register by April 11, 2018; any registrations after this date will include a $35 late fee.

Thank you for your commitment to your city and its citizens. For additional information about League conferences or the Municipal Training Institute, please contact Kate Cooley, Conference & Marketing Coordinator, at (785) 354-9565.  

Conference Details

Friday, April 20

Mayors Conference
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mayors Session: Welcome & Legislative Update

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Mayors Session: Managing Differences in the Workplace

Governing Body Institute
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Kansas Mayors Association: Business Meeting
Council/Commission Session: City Official Orientation and Q&A with League Staff

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All City Officials General Session:

Building Your Legacy 
Mary Birch, Government Relations Coordinator, Lathrop & Gage, LLP

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mayors Only Reception/Mayor of the Year Presentation

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kansas Association of Council/Commission Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner & MTI Graduate Recognition

Saturday, April 21

Governing Body Institute
7:45 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
All City Officials: City Government 101
Including Civility, Kansas Open Meetings Act and Home Rule

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
   Municipal Finance
   Economic Development & Planning

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch/Mock Meeting Presentation

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
   Personnel Management
   Public Safety & Code Enforcement











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