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2016 UMKC Public Service Symposium

Presented by

The L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

and the

Department of Public Affairs of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management


Public service matters. Those whose career is in public service—whether through work in government or nonprofit organizations—serve their fellow citizens each day with the knowledge that their work has meaning and value in a democratic society. Yet they are also frequent targets of negative rhetoric by politicians and others, who for whatever reason, use their words to denigrate the work of public service professionals. Author and American University Professor Emeritus Robert F. Durant addresses this topic in his recent book, Why Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and DemocracyIt is time to take an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of those who are dedicated to careers of public service to our communities and citizens.  We invite you to take a morning to join your colleagues and the Bloch School in a community symposium do so.

The L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs, the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Department of Public Affairs in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC are pleased to invite you to attend their first Public Service Symposium to hear Dr. Durant speak about why public service matters and participate in discussions and activities that reflect on the importance of our work and celebrate our public service achievements. 

Please join us in the Rooftop Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza on September 20, 2016, for our first biennial Public Service Symposium on September 20, 2016.  This half-day event will begin with registration, networking, and a breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. The morning’s program will with Dr. Durant’s keynote speech, followed by panel and table discussions.  The morning’s programming will conclude by 11:45 a.m. 

Seating is limited, so we ask you to please RSVP by September 9, 2016.


Tuesday, Sep 20 @ 7:30 am - 11:45 am
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InterContinental Hotel Rooftop Ballroom
401 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64112


For more information contact:
Mark Culver
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
(816) 235-5720

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