2024 KSGFOA Spring Symposium

The 3rd Annual KSGFOA Spring Symposium is an opportunity to connect with public finance professionals from across the region to learn about the latest topics and trends relevant to you.

This event is sponsored by the Kansas Public Finance Center and Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.

May 2, 2024

8:00am – 5:00 pm

Where: Drury Inn Broadview | 400 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 5:00 Symposium

Registration is $135 until April 12, 2024

Late Registration is $145 after April 12, 2024

Registration closes on April 25, 2024

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Justin Marlowe

University of Chicago Harris School of Public Finance, Director of the Center for Municipal Finance

Justin Marlowe is a Research Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Municipal Finance. His teaching and research are focused on state and local government budgeting, finance, and financial management. He has published five books – including the forthcoming Public Debt Management: Strategy and Evidence (Cambridge University Press) – and dozens of articles on the municipal bond market, infrastructure finance, governmental accounting, and local fiscal policy. At the Center for Municipal Finance, he has led the development of several innovative research studies and data products designed to help state/local government officials make better decisions about borrowing and investing public money. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Municipal Finance Journal.

Marlowe regularly works as an expert witness in federal and state courts, and has served on technical advisory bodies for the California State Auditor, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Governor of Illinois, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning, among many others. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Vantage Trust Company, LLC – the trustee for the primary retirement savings plan for city managers. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and he co-hosts (with Liz Farmer) the popular podcast “The Public Money Pod.” He holds a Ph.D. in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to academia, he worked in local government in Michigan.

Presentation Description

Five Bold Predictions on the Future of Local Government Finance

Description Coming Soon…


  • Communicating with Elected Officials- What do they need to know?
  • Understanding your Team
  • Fentanyl Crisis- How it is affecting your community
  • Economic Development
  • Best Practices in Purchasing Policies
  • ARPA Wrap-Up and Auditing
  • Succession Planning- the next generation of finance professionals
  • Cybersecurity- what’s new?
  • More to come!


May 2SpeakerTopicRoom
8:00 Registration & Networking 
8:25KGFOA PresidentWelcome from KSGFOABosin Ballroom 1

8:30 – 9:30

Keynote Speaker

Justin Marlowe, University of Chicago Five Bold Predictions on the Future of Local Government FinanceBosin Ballroom 1


Breakout Session #1

John Jones

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Station Ballroom


Breakout Session #2

Dawn Monroe

Get a Creative Kickstart with Artificial Intelligence

Bosin Ballroom 2

11:00 – 12:00

General Session

Moderator: Dr. David Guo
Discussant: Dr. Howard Frank and Dr. Zhiwei Zhang (zhiwei@ksu.edu)

Dr. Justin Marlow, Dr. Zachary Mohr, &
Dr. David Guo

Panel Discussion-Academic Perspective about Financial Disclosure

“Stories and Sentiment in State and Local Government Finance”

“Behavioral Budgeting: An Experiment of Budget Table Information Intensity”

“Navigating the Future of Financial Reporting—Insights from the GFOA Member Survey Results”

Bosin Ballroom 1


 Networking LunchBosin Ballroom 1




Commissioner BatyPresenting Information to Elected Body- What they need to know?Bosin Ballroom 1

1:30 – 2:30

General Session

Sheriff Jeff Easter and Harold CaseyFentanyl Crisis- How it affects your Community and Organizations ResourcesBosin Ballroom 1

2:45 – 3:45

Breakout Session #3

Joe Thomas, Sedgwick County PurchasingBest Practices in Procurement PoliciesStation Ballroom 

2:45 – 3:45

Breakout Session #4

Dawn MonroeUsing Storytelling with DataBosin Ballroom 2

4:00 – 5:00

General Session – Keynote Speaker


Jason FenoglioCyberSecurityBosin Ballroom 1
5:00KSGFOA PresidentGeneral Session & ClosingBosin Ballroom 1



All conference registration cancellations must be in writing, which can be mailed, faxed or sent via email. Cancellations 10 days or more prior to the event will receive a 75% refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the event. Any exception is subject to review by the event policy committee.