2023 KSGFOA Conference

The Kansas Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to present a series of workshops for those involved in the financial affairs of municipalities, counties, schools, state agencies, utilities, and special authorities. The 24th annual conference will be held Nov. 1 – 3, 2023 in Overland Park, Kansas.

Keynote Speaker: Joshua Lozoff

Joshua Lozoff has been speaking and sharing magic for nearly twenty years.

Recently, Joshua was featured on the network TV competition show, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. The YouTube clip has been seen by nearly half a million people. And Joshua had the honor of being the only magician invited to perform at the World’s Fair in Japan. He spent two weeks as a featured performer for the USA, entertaining Fair visitors from around the world.

Before turning his attention to magic, Joshua was a professional actor with featured roles on the TV show Cheers (as Gino Tortelli) and in the movie Clueless. You can see Joshua’s martial arts skills on display in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Hollywood to devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America. It was during his travels that a chance encounter with a street magician sparked a new passion, and Joshua began his training. Traveling around the world, Joshua studied with master magicians on several continents. After years of full-time training, he began sharing his craft with others.

Today, he presents his keynote presentation, “The Magic of Communication” at conferences, seminars and retreats throughout the country.

And as a magician, he performs his stage show, Joshua Lozoff: Life is Magic at performing arts centers and corporate events across the US, as well as Asia and Latin America.


DoubleTree Overland Park, KS

Conference Hotel Rate: $149

Booking link: https://group.doubletree.com/ijhm0q

Reservations at: 913-451-6100


  • How Local Issuers Can Turn Transparency Into Better Bond Sales, Engage Investors & Lower Borrowing Costs
  • Moody’s Analytical Approach to Rating Cities and Counties
  • From Idea to Action: Budgeting for Strategic Impact
  • Federal Funds and the role of the EPA Office of Inspector General in combatting fraud, waste, and abuse
  • Website ADA Compliance
  • Engaging the Public in Making Fiscal Choices

Pre-Conference Session

Our Towns- A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

Every state is made stronger by the cities that exist within its boundaries. In Kansas, as in many states, cities are looking for ways to be a place where people want to live, work, learn and play. The HBO documentary Our Towns is a look at how community culture and a common commitment to change can identify a new future. The documentary tells the story of communities that are overcoming setbacks and implementing strategies to be stronger. The session is an opportunity to talk about what roles we play in ensuring that communities continue to thrive. Attendees will engage in a discussion about the challenges facing Kansas communities and what role local government organizations play in reinventing communities and ensuring they remain vital.

Attendees will view the documentary and then be led through a facilitated discussion.

Facilitator: Paula Downs, Talent and Organizational Success Manager, Wichita State Public Policy and Management Center

Join us at the KSGFOA Conference Social


Thursday from 7:00 – 10:00 at
Chicken N Pickle
5901 W. 135th St. Overland Park
4 miles from the hotel

Cost is $20 per person. We will have a room and reserved courts for pickleball, shuffleboard and bocce ball.

Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided- drinks must be purchased.

Call for Presentations

You are invited to submit topic and speaker ideas or a presentation proposal for the conference. Proposals should include presentations on relevant topics for public finance professionals and consultants serving local and state governments across Kansas.


At the KSGFOA conference, sponsors have opportunities to interface with attendees at vendor booths, social events, lunch and breaks, in addition to branding opportunities on conference materials of all types.

Award Nominations

KSGFOA will recognize an outstanding organization and/or individuals at the annual conference with the Innovation Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more about these awards and nominate a recipient at the buttons below.


If you are not a member of KSGFOA or are a member who has never had the opportunity to attend the Annual Professional Conference, you can apply for a scholarship. The Board will sponsor up to 5 individuals. The scholarship for non-members will include a one-year KSGFOA membership and for members includes the conference registration. Applicants conference registration fees will be refunded if they are selected for scholarship.

2023 KSGFOA Conference Sponsors