Great ideas are right around the corner at the 2018 CityWorks(X)po Florida! Held in Winter Haven from April 4-6, this year’s (X)po once again features incredible speakers during the day, and high-energy events in the evening. We look forward to welcoming attendees and sharing all the great things Winter Haven has to offer.

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 lineup of speakers and after hours events. “So many valuable connections have been made by attendees the last two years,” says Strang. “We know that people attending this year will be able to make similar connections and bring home lots of big ideas to share with their communities.”

With generous enthusiasm and support from CityWorks(X)po founder Ed Walker, Main Street Winter Haven, Inc. is 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.

Here’s what you can expect at the 2018 CityWorks(X)po:

Wednesday, April 4
The Packing House – Grove Roots Brewing Co., 300 Third Street SW, Winter Haven FL 33880
Thursday, April 5, & Friday, April 6
Heartland Church, 225 Avenue B NW, Winter Haven FL 33881

Wednesday, April 4
12:00-2:00 pm  Check in ~ Grab your bag and settle in
2:00 pm            Polk State College – Burgundy Chorus
2:15 pm            Anita Strang   &   Hank Longo (host)
2:30 pm            Steve Bates
3:00 pm            Nicole Holderbaum
3:30 pm            Cari Herrington
4:00 pm            Ty Maloney
4:40 pm            Mike Herr

Please join us for after hours at Grove Roots Brewing Co., sample some local brewed beer, yummy bites from downtown restaurants and live music by the Maggie Valley Band.

Thursday, April 5
8-9:00 am    Check in ~ grab a coffee and a lite bite & get ready for the day
9:00 am       Coastal Acoustic Barefoot Music
9:10 am       Mayor Brad Dantzler  &  Bruce Lyon (host)
9:15 am       Josh McManus
9:50 am       Joseph Viscuso
10:30 am     Jamal Jones
11:00 am      Robert Chapman
11:30 am      Lunch
1:00 pm        Katie Worthington Decker (host)   &   Randy Lopez
1:20 pm        Roman Petra
1:50 pm        Bud Strang
2:00 pm        Victor Dover
2:45 pm        Kerry Wilson
3:00 pm        Josh “Bump” Galletta
3:30 pm        20 Big Ideas in 20 Minutes
3:50 pm        Steve Elias
4:00 pm        Rick Baker

Please join us for after hours at Gram Parsons Derry Down for interactive live music by lyricist Jamal Jones & DJ Shotgun.
Live Music + Food + Drink + Conversation = Connect

Friday, April 6
7:30 -9:00 am  Check in ~ grab a coffee and a lite bite & get ready for the day
9:00 am           Donna Sheehan (host)
9:10 am           Kim Delaney
9:50 am           Nikki Smith
10:00 am         Meri Mass
10:15 am         Trish Pfeiffer
10:45 am         Jerry Hammond
11:00 am         Panel Discussion – Teri Saunders ~ Doug Lockwood ~ Alicia Brown ~ Brad Beatty
12:00 pm         Anita Strang

This 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

Engaging. Innovative. Endlessly Interesting. CityWorks(X)po Florida is all about connecting people, places, projects and big ideas. We hope you’ll join us to connect, learn and share those big ideas to make our communities even better.