49th Annual KACo Conference & Exposition
Nov. 15-17, 2023 | Central Bank Center | Lexington, KY

Videos and Speaker Presentations

Videos and Speaker Presentations

View the video playlist here.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

1 – 4 p.m.
Opening General Session* 

1 – 1:15 p.m.
Linda Gorton, Mayor, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Address from the Governor
Hon. Andy Beshear

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Kentucky Leads the Way on Secure Elections
Michael Adams, Secretary of State
(Interviewer) Tabatha Clemons, Grant County Clerk

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Miracle on the Hudson
Vallie Smith Collins, Motivational Speaker

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Legislative Interim Work and a Look at 2023
David Meade, House Speaker Pro-Tempore

3:30 – 4 p.m.
Finding Common Ground: Economic Opportunities that Span the Rural/Urban Divide
Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of Agriculture 
(Interviewer) Ellie McGowan, President, Murray State University Student Government Association



Thursday, Nov. 17  

9 a.m. – Noon
General Session* 
Ballroom 1, Level 1 

9 – 9:30 a.m.
State and Federal Transportation Initiatives Update
Jim Gray, Secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Preview of the 2023 Session
Robert Stivers, Senate President

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Churchill: A Strategic Approach to Leading Through Crisis - download presentation
Peter Cressy, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (retired)

10:45 – 11 a.m.
Ripe for a Recession? Making Sense of Current Market Conditions - download presentation
RJ Palmer, Senior Vice-President, Compass Municipal Advisors
Keith Brock, Senior Vice-President, Compass Municipal Advisors
Michael George, Managing Director, Compass Municipal Advisors

11 – 11:30 a.m.
Women in Leadership
Kelly Craft, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
(Interviewer) Amy Milliken, Warren County Attorney

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Improving Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth
Allison Ball, State Treasurer 

11:45 a.m. – Noon
cashVest Puts Your Data to Work: Boone County’s Real Results - download presentation
Peter Forsgren, COO/Co-Founder, three+one


1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions*

Washington’s Enduring Relevance: An Integrated Approach to Strategy, Leadership and Management - download presentation
Peter Cressy, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (retired)Select four sessions to attend and earn .75 training credits per session

Rural and Municipal Road Aid Update - download presentation
Bobbi Jo Lewis, Commissioner, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid

Legislative Issues Lightning Round - download handout
Shellie Hampton, Director of Government Affairs, KACo
Gracie Lagadinos, Associate Director of Government Affairs, KACo

Don’t Risk Losing Your Cybersecurity Insurance Coverage
Temple Juett, Director of Insurance and Business, KACo - download cybersecurity toolkit
Rita Reynolds, Chief Information Officer, NACo
Colin Grover, Cybersecurity Coordinator, Kentucky (Region IV), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Broadband for All: A Successful Path to Broadband Expansion
Billy Forsyth, Business Development Manager, Accelecom
Chuck Hogg, Senior Vice President, All Points Broadband
Carlos Sanchez, President, AT&T Kentucky
(Moderator) Chris Iseral, Chief Information Officer, Madison County

Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learned
Scott Alexander, Perry County Judge/Executive
Laurel Matula, Data Manager, ER Assist
Jack Whitfield, Hopkins County Judge/Executive
(Moderator) Adam O’Nan, Union County Judge/Executive

Pointers and Pitfalls in Employment Law
Lynn Zellen, Member, Kinkead & Stilz, PLLC



Friday, Nov. 18 

Wrap-up Session* 
Ballrooms 2 and 3, Level 1

9 – 9:30 a.m.
Post-election Insights and Political Trends in a Season of Change
Scott Jennings, Partner, RunSwitch PR
(Interviewer) Joe Arnold, Vice-President of Strategic Communications, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Update from the Attorney General
Daniel Cameron, Attorney General

9:45 – 10 a.m.
Finding Solutions to Kentucky’s Opioid Crisis - download presentation 
W. Bryan Hubbard, Executive Director, Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission

10 – 10:30 a.m.
What Kind of Leader Are You? - download presentation 
Justin Hall, Founder, Custom Training Solutions

10:30 – 11 a.m.    
When a Help Wanted Ad Won’t Cut It: Recruiting and Retaining High Quality Employees - download presentation
Jacqalynn Riley, Grant County Magistrate and Human Resource Director at Proctor & Gamble

11 – 11:15 a.m.    
Update from the State Auditor 
Mike Harmon, State Auditor

11:15 a.m. – Noon
KACo Update
Jim Henderson, KACo Executive Director