Videos and presentations

Conference Videos and Presentations


Wednesday, Nov. 3

1 – 4 p.m.
Opening General Session
Presentation of Colors: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard
National Anthem: performed by Kelly and Katherine Taylor 

1 – 1:15 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks (video)
David Nicholson, Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk and KACo Board Member

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
EKU-KACo Partnership for New Educational Opportunities (video and presentation)
Benton Shirey, Corporate Educational Partnerships, Eastern Kentucky University

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Keynote Address (video)
Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

2 – 2:45 p.m.
Music Festivals—Bringing Tourism Dollars to Your Community (video and presentation)
Moderator: Steve Gold, Henderson County Attorney and Co-Chair, W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival
Tiffany Finley, Executive Director, Master Musicians Festival, Pulaski County
David Helmers, Producer, Railbird Festival, Fayette County

2:45 – 3 p.m.
Why CERS Independence is Good for Counties (video and presentation)
Ed Owens, CEO, County Employees Retirement System

3 – 4 p.m.
Inside the President’s Bunker: A Crisis Leadership and Decision-Making Presentation (video)
Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)


Thursday, Nov. 4 

9 a.m. – Noon
General Session* 

9 – 9:30 a.m.
State and Federal Transportation Funding (video)
Jim Gray, Secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Opioid Settlement Agreement Update (video)
Daniel Cameron, Attorney General

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Local Government Committee: A Conversation with the Chairs (video)
Moderator: Reagan Taylor, Madison County Judge/Executive and KACo President
Senator Robby Mills, Senate State and Local Government Committee Chair
Representative Michael Meredith, House Local Government Committee Chair

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
ZAP THE GAP! Transforming Multi-Generational Teams (video)
Meagan Johnson, Generational Expert

11:30 a.m. – Noon
Effective Communications Strategies During a Campaign (presentation)
Kaylee Price, Senior Vice President, Runswitch PR

Breakout Sessions

COVID and Employment Law (presentation)
Barry Stilz, Kinkead & Stilz
Lynn Zellen, Kinkead & Stilz 

NACo Tools and Training Opportunities 
Moderator: Gary Moore, Boone County Judge/Executive, NACo Immediate Past President
Kyle Cline, National Director of Strategic Partnerships, NACo
Kim Hall, Director of Membership, NACo
Alan Worden, Founder/CEO and Todd Wullenweber, Business Development, Community Data Platform

KACo Insurance Programs and Resources 
Temple Juett, KACo Director of Insurance and Business and staff

Changing Economic Conditions in Kentucky (presentation)
Mike Clark, Director, University of Kentucky Center for Business & Economic Research

Legislative Issues Lightning Round (presentation)
Shellie Hampton, KACo Director of Government Affairs 
Gracie Lagadinos, KACo Government Affairs Associate

Campaign Finance and Regulations for County Officials (handout)
John Steffen, Executive Director, Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
Leslie Saunders, General Counsel, Kentucky Registry of Election Finance 

Large Scale Solar in Kentucky (presentation)
Kent A. Chandler, Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission 

Jennifer Burnett, KACo Director of Policy, Research and Communications
Rich Ornstein, KACo Staff Attorney
Kayla Carter, KACo Research Associate
Michael George, Managing Director, Compass Municipal Advisors, LLC
Keith Brock, Senior Vice President, Compass Municipal Advisors, LLC
RJ Palmer, Senior Vice President, Compass Municipal Advisors, LLC
Louis Ragusa, Vice President, Compass Municipal Advisors, LLC
Megan George, Member, Stites & Harbison, PLLC


Friday, Nov. 5

9 a.m. – Noon
Wrap-up Session

9 – 9:30 a.m.
Economic Outlook for Kentucky and the U.S. (video and presentation)
Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer, Fed. Reserve Bank of St. Louis 

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Preview of the 2022 Legislative Session (video)
David P. Givens, Senate President Pro Tempore

10 – 10:15 a.m.
Innovative Workforce Development in Coal Counties (video and presentation)
Steve Henry, Webster County Judge/Executive

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Assessing Local, National and Global Cybersecurity Threats (presentation)
Stephen Oakes, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) 

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.    
Bring it Down a Notch: De-escalation Techniques for the Workplace (video and presentation)
Phil Crumpton, KACo Law Enforcement Specialist