Join us for great ideas at this year’s CityWorks(X)po Florida! You’ll hear incredible speakers sharing thought-provoking presentations during the day, and enjoy special networking opportunities and entertaining events in the evening.

If you haven’t registered yet, go to and click the registration link. You’ll join with attendees from communities of all sizes who will meet in Winter Haven for this place-making summit, idea exchange, and festival-style conference.

Anita Strang, Executive Director of Main Street Winter Haven, Inc., is excited about this year’s line-up of speakers. “(X)po provides a platform for sharing knowledge, stories, and projects,” says Strang. “Each year, attendees make connections and gather ideas that inspire them to make their communities better.”

With generous enthusiasm and support from CityWorks(X)po founder, Main Street Winter Haven, Inc., is again partnering with the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, City of Winter Haven, Winter Haven Economic Development Council, and Visit Central Florida to bring you CityWorks(X)po Florida. Topics from this year’s innovative speakers include architectural tourism, art education, GIS technology, leadership, sustainability, tiny homes, trails, urban planning, and many more. There will be something for everyone!

Here’s what you can expect at the 2019 CityWorks(X)po Florida:
Tuesday, April 2
6:00 pm      Join us for a Welcome Reception at the Ritz Theatre, 263 West Central Avenue

Wednesday, April 3
9:00 am       Welcome
9:00 am       Rob Greenfield, Adventurer, Activist, Humanitarian
9:40 am       Harold Bubil, Sarasota Harold-Tribune
10:10 am     Ryan Whitehead
10:15 am     Ian Lockwood, Toole Design
11:00 am     Dan Chesnicka, Theatre Winter Haven
11:30 am     Lunch
1:00 pm       Winter Haven Mayor Brad Dantzler
1:10 pm       Dale Allen, Florida Greenway and Trails
1:40 pm       Citizen Driven Advocacy Panel: Doug Lockwood, Straughn & Turner, P.A.; Steve Warner, Polk County Schools; and Katie Worthington Decker, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
2:10 pm       R. John Anderson, Incremental Development Alliance
3:00 pm       Chair Yoga
3:10 pm       Jake Polumbo
3:30 pm       Steve Elias
3:40 pm       Mehmet Secilmis, Esri
4:20 pm       Michael Schuldt, Pennoni
4:50 pm       PM Wrap Up
5:30-7:30 pm       Join us for our After Hours Parking Lot Party – Bike Shop of Winter Haven & N+1 Coffee, 249 3rd Street SW. Networking, Grove Roots beer, music, great food & two signature cocktails all included with your CityWorks(X)po pass.

Thursday, April 4
8:00 am       Check in – get your event bag and program – grab a lite bite and coffee – Ritz Theatre
9:10 am       Walter Parks
9:50 am       Rev. Faith Fowler, Cass Community Social Services
10:30 am     Eliza Harris Juliano, Canin Associates – CNU
11:00 am     Wendi B. Carpenter, Rear Admiral US Navy, Retired
11:30 am     Joe Viscusso
12:00 pm     Lunch – A special (X)po guest, Rick Baker will be joining us for a lunchtime breakout session. Join Rick for lunch and conversation at Fire Restaurant.
1:00 pm       Mike Herr, Winter Haven City Manager
1:10 pm       Holly Scoggins, Polk State College
1:40 pm       Lee Perry, Ideas for Us
2:20 pm       Realize Bradenton Panel: Jordan Ross, Ross Technology Group; Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton; and Catherine Ferrer, Realize Bradenton
2:50 pm       Chris Law
3:00 pm       Six/Ten, LLC
3:10 pm       Joe Minicozzi, Urban3
4:00 pm       Anita Strang, Main Street Winter Haven, Inc.
The presentations may be over but the opportunities to connect keep going. Join us for our After Hours Social with great food and drink, followed by a CityWorks(X)po Florida wrap up concert featuring (X)po favorite Walter Parks and Vivian Sessoms.

This year’s hosts are Katie Worthington Decker, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce; Bruce Lyon, Winter Haven Economic Development Council; Donna Sheehan, City of Winter Haven; and Anita Strang, Main Street Winter Haven, Inc.

The diverse group of speakers and events is made possible thanks to the Partners mentioned above, as well as other (X)ponential, Placemaking, Connector, and Big Idea Partners. To see the complete Partner list, speaker bios, and schedule details, go to

CityWorks(X)po Florida: Sharing Ideas for Better Places.We hope you’ll join us to connect and learn about ideas to make our communities even better.