Great ideas are just around the corner at the fifth annual CityWorks(X)po Florida! On March 11-12, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, and exchange ideas with other attendees who are making a difference in their communities.

If you haven’t registered yet, go to and click the registration link. All ticket levels include after-hours events, as well as coffee and snacks during the day. Remember that if you’re with a non-profit organization, there is a special rate for the two-day ticket.

Anita Strang, Executive Director of Main Street Winter Haven, Inc., was the driving force behind bringing the CityWorks(X)po concept to Winter Haven five years ago and she looks forward to another meaningful event. “Our goal has always been to connect people and projects,” says Strang. “I’m incredibly excited about this year’s line-up of speakers who will bring ideas that embody that connective power of (X)po.”

Main Street Winter Haven, Inc., is honored to host this event for the state of Florida, with community partners City of Winter Haven, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of CommerceWinter Haven Economic Development Council, and Visit Central Florida. By providing a platform for sharing knowledge, stories, ideas, and projects, CityWorks(X)po Florida enables attendees to make connections and gather ideas that inspire them.

(X)po’s speakers, panelists, and participants will share what they have learned (successes and failures) about community building by exploring impact topics such as: Capital & Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Good Government, Arts & Design, Knowledge & New Media, Outdoors & Recreation, Public Health & Social Justice and Food, Drink & Music.

Here’s what you can expect at the fifth annual CityWorks(X)po Florida:

Tuesday, March 10
5:30-7:00 pm     Welcome Reception – Historic Ritz Theatre, 263 West Central Avenue
Social hour and early registration

Wednesday, March 11
8:00 am       Registration, coffee, and light breakfast
9:00 am       Welcome
9:05 am       Karen Thompson & Victor Dover
9:45 am       Patrice Williams
10:00 am     Leigh Ann Lunz
10:30 am     Alexis Clark
10:40 am     Rick Baker
11:30 am     Lunch break
1:00 pm       Mike Herr
1:10 pm       Murals
1:30 pm       Smart City Panel Discussion
2:30 pm       Joshua Miller
2:50 pm       Nikki Smith
3:00 pm       Ryan Gravel
4:00 pm       What If?
4:15 pm       Tom Nocera
4:45 pm       Wrap – UP
5:00-8:30 pm     After Hours Social – Union Taproom ~ This event is designed to capture the energy of attendees, giving them an opportunity to connect and discuss the day in a fun environment while enjoying live music, great food, and craft beer.

Thursday, March 12
8:00 am     Registration, coffee, and light breakfast
9:00 am     Beth McKee
9:10 am     DC Reeves
9:50 am     Steve Elias
10:00 am   Mayor Eugene Grant
11:00 am   Beth McKee
11:30 am   Lunch break
1:00 pm     Mayor Brad Dantzler
1:10 pm     Terry Horne
1:50 pm     Joe Bogdahn
2:00 pm     Gregory Curtin
2:40 pm     Homeless Panel Discussion
3:20 pm     Inside Out
3:30 pm     Matt Lukens
4:00 pm     John Marsh
4:45 pm     Wrap – UP
5:00 pm     Immediately following the wrap up, we invite you to join us on the patio of Fire Restaurant for our After Hours Social. Enjoy plenty of food and drink, and live music by Beth McKee.

The unique blend of speakers, connectivity, and entertainment that defines CityWorks(X)po Florida 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

We hope you’ll join us for this special 5th year of CityWorks (X)po Florida as we share ideas for better places and stronger communities.