The second annual CityWorks(X)po Florida is coming to Winter Haven April 6-7, 2017, and you won’t want to miss this year’s lineup of speakers. In addition to thought-provoking presentations and engaging dialog during the day, you’ll enjoy evening networking opportunities at high energy events.

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 this placemaking summit, idea exchange and festival-style conference.

Attendees of last year’s inaugural CityWorks(X)po Florida benefitted not only from the ideas gathered at the event, but continued the learning beyond that. One attendee, City of Bartow Mayor Trish Pfeiffer, connected with two speakers from the 2016 (X)po. “I loved it,” Mayor Pfeiffer said, about last year’s event. “The wonderful thing about CityWorks is that it’s an opportunity for city leaders and community members to see what other cities are doing, and get great ideas about how cities need to grow smart. It provides the opportunity to learn, connect and network to see what you can bring back to your area.”

This year’s CityWorks will encourage that same connectivity within and between cities. During the day, speakers, panelists and participants will include innovative leaders from seven major themes:

• Capital & Social Entrepreneurship
• Leadership & Good Government
• Arts, Design & Music
• Knowledge & New Media
• Outdoors & Recreation
• Public Health & Social Justice
• Food & Drink

In the evenings, participants will enjoy networking opportunities and entertaining events. Here’s a brief summary of this year’s (X)po schedule:

Wednesday, April 5
5:30–7:00 pm: Check in early and enjoy beer & bites at Grove Roots Brewing Co.

Thursday, April 6
8:00 am: Registration, coffee, juice and lite breakfast bites.
9:00 am: CityWorks(X)po kicks off!
5:30-8:30 pm: Main Street Winter Haven’s Downtown Craft Beer Crawl (map also highlights Winter Haven’s murals and outdoor sculptures).

Friday, April 7
8:00 am: Registration, coffee, juice and lite breakfast bites.
9:00 am: Day 2 sessions begin.
5:30- 8:00 pm: Join us at Gram Parsons Derry Down for live music presented by Walter Parks and Swamp Cabbage; plenty of food and drink!

To register and to learn more about the (X)citing lineup of speakers, go to If you would like to become a sponsor and help bring this innovative conference to our area, contact Main Street Winter Haven at 863-295-9422.

The Winter Haven Economic Development Council is pleased to be a partner again for this year’s (X)po, which promises to be another inspiring event. We hope you’ll join us to connect, learn and share big ideas to make our communities even better.