CityWorks(X)po Florida 

a gathering to share big ideas for better places

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April 4+5 &6, 2018

300 Third Street Sw, WINTER HAVEN, FL 33880

What is (X)po?

CityWorks(X)po is a place-making summit, idea exchange and festival-style conference coming to Winter Haven Florida April 4, 5 & 6, 2018. 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 exciting event. Attendees will represent communities of all sizes from across the State. (X)po seeks to enhance connectivity within and between cities and to explore exponential impact across seven major themes: Capital & Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Good Government, Arts, Design & Music, Knowledge & New Media, Outdoors & Recreation, Public Health & Social Justice and Food & Drink. The (X)po's speakers, panelists and participants will include innovative leaders from each of these spheres. By night the conference continues with networking opportunities at (X)citing events. 


will be updating Speakers for 2018 soon! 

Engaging. Innovative. Endlessly interesting.

Neil takemoto

Neil Takemoto is a co-founder of the CSPM Group, a consulting firm that manages partnerships between local communities and large-scale real estate development investors for multiple downtown revitalization projects including: urban
redevelopment and revitalization in Hempstead, 
Huntington Station and Riverside, Long Island,  NY, New Rochelle, NY and a comprehensive plan in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 
Previously, he is the founder and CEO of Cooltown Beta Communities, a firm that pioneered the field of crowdsourced placemaking, encompassing his work over the last 19 years that has been committed to developing destinations with significant economic, environmental and social benefit.
He is the founder of Cooltown Studios, a crowdsourced placemaking blog/news site that attracts 40,000 unique visitors a month. With Andres Duany, Neil co-founded the National Town Builders Association in 1997, the only business trade group of Smart Growth/New Urbanism real estate developers. Prior to that, he founded a national nonprofit educational clearinghouse for the New Urbanism field.

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Ryan Frazier

My name is Ryan Frazier. I was born and raised in Winter Haven. I started writing and preforming my poems for three years and it has opened a whole new world for me. My career aspirations are to major in theater and minor in creative writing. The only thing I want to do in my life is to allow the poems that I create to touch and inspire the life of someone one who hears them.

Anthony lyons

Gainesville, Florida is the epicenter of a human design centered movement to radically alter the way that city government provides basic services to its community members. In the middle of it all is Anthony Lyons, Gainesville’s eclectic City Manager. Not your typical local government bureaucrat, Fast Company Magazine, a cutting edge media firm with a focus on
innovation and technology says, he “is rethinking the role of local government in community life.”  
Anthony is a man on a mission to use human design centered thinking, an approach pioneered by the well-known innovation and design firm IDEO, to make the City of Gainesville the most citizen-user centered city in the world. He is leading a charge to bypass incremental change of the city’s service delivery processes.  Creating game-changing breakthroughs that exponentially improve the citizen-user experience and government responsiveness to the needs, aspirations and desires of the people that it serves, is what inspires his zeal. 
Appointed City Manager by the Gainesville City Commission in
April 2016, Anthony is responsible for a team of more than 1500 city employees. Prior to his current position, he served as Gainesville’s Interim City Manager, Interim Planning and Service Director as well as two tenures as the City’s Community Redevelopment Director. He has received nearly 50 awards from international, national, state, and local organizations in recognition of his community building achievements. His penchant for design aesthetics is informed by a Bachelor Arts degree in Art History from Indiana University Bloomington. He is
a husband of 22 years and a father of an eleven-year old.

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saba ghole

Saba Ghole is an architectural/urban designer turned education and technology entrepreneur. She received her Masters in Urban Design at MIT. Her multidisciplinary explorations in painting, photography, graphic design, film, architecture and urban planning have formed her holistic understanding of design, creative education and the interface of people and their environments. Her experience in the urban design world exposed her to a myriad of innovative educational projects including the Central Los Angeles High School #9 (a school of visual and performing arts in downtown Los Angeles), the National Research Foundation’s CREATE project (a Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise in Singapore), and the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh (the world’s largest center of higher learning for women

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Josh mcmanus

Josh McManus leads operations at Detroit-based Rock Ventures LLC, the organization that serves and connects entrepreneur and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman and majority owner of the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert’s Family of more than 100 companies, as well as his investments, real estate purchases and community activities. McManus joined the Rock Ventures team in 2015. McManus’ experience includes more than 20 years as a serial social and business entrepreneur. An innovator in entrepreneurial development, talent attraction and retention, placemaking and cultivating emerging leadership, McManus’ work focuses on creating opportunity and prosperity in post-industrial American cities. His work has taken him around the world for exploration and study and he’s helped build companies and community projects in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Akron, and Detroit. An insatiable reader, proud father, and prolific beard grower, McManus often says that he’s “living the dream” and he truly believes it. Nationally, he is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a Next American Vanguard. Locally, he has helped in the formation of a variety of organizations and has served on a variety of institutional boards. McManus is a regular public speaker with emphasis on informed urban action, talent attraction and retention, innovation and entrepreneurial development. His thoughts have been featured by Forbes, Fast Company, The Economist, Entrepreneur, GOOD, USA Today, The Huffington Post and even Garden and Gun.

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Rick Baker

Rick Baker has been described as possibly one of America's greatest Mayors. Mayor of St. Petersburg from 2001, he was reelected in November 2005 with more than 70% of the votes cast. Author of The Seamless City: A Conservative Mayor's Approach to Urban Revitalization that Can Work Anywhere.
St. Petersburg is only the 68th largest city in the U.S. and the fourth-largest in Florida.  Baker did not inherit a city that was already turning around, like many mayors who entered office after the urban renaissance of the 1990s. He did not have billion-dollar budgets or national attention. He did the hard work himself, inspiring a city government and its citizens to aim higher and believe that together they could achieve excellence. Rick Baker is a proven leader, educator, visionary and author who has a passion for Florida.

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Reinaldo Borges

Mr, Borges is Principal of Borges + Associates is a leading world-class architectural design and consulting firm that has been involved in Major Real Estate Development projects within the United States and Internationally. With headquarters in
Miami, Florida serving North and South America and Offices in Hagerstown, Maryland, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and India, the firm brings its award-winning portfolio of projects to the leading developers of these serviced markets.
 The firm’s collective experience of more than 25 years in design leadership, Borges + Associates has extensive experience in the typologies of Multi-family Residential projects, Corporate Offices, Athletic Facilities, Community Centers, Fire Stations, Ports, Airports, Urban Mixed-Use Developments, Hotels and Resorts, Single Family Homes, Retail and Entertainment Centers, Master Planning, and Life Style Centers, among others.
While a design director with Arquitectonica, he was the design team leader for the American Airlines Miami Heat Arena, with the formation of his own firm, he was design architect of record for the 56 story Infinity at Brickell Tower and Grand Beach hotel to
name a few.  In 2016 AIA Miami awarded Mr. Borges with the distinction of the Architect of the Year Award. 
RESILIENCY LEADERSHIP: Mr. Borges is currently the Chairman of the Miami AIA Sea Level Rise Task Force, has been appointed to the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, serves in the Florida AIA Strategic Council with emphasis on representing
South Florida and its SLR challenges. Has lectured at numerous organizations and institutions on the topic of Sea Level Rise with an emphasis on the architectural and urban design challenges. He is active member of both the Miami and Miami Beach Chamber and serves on the Executive Board and Advocacy
Council of the Miami Beach Chamber. He is being featured as a
FUTURIST/ARCHITECT on the upcoming documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” with Jack Black and has constant communications with world leaders and thinkers
on the challenges of Climate Change and a focus on Sea Level Rise. On this topic he has lectured at the University of Miami School of Architecture, Harvard University Studio on Resiliency Design among others.

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Sharon West Mc Cormick

Director of Business Attraction & Marketing Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Marketing & Cultural Arts Director As the Director of Business Attraction & Marketing for RMA –a consulting and management firm, Sharon McCormick develops and implements strategic plans for cities resulting in the reinvention of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts and the cultural renaissance of once blighted areas. Through engaging events and social and cultural experiences; business attraction and retention campaigns; and creative incentive programs and partnerships, McCormick is a strong community engagement and place-making / place-keeping advocate. She also currently serves as the Marketing & Cultural Arts Director for the City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency -  a city actively pursuing creativity and the arts, recognizing this critical component for economic vitality and success.  With over 25 years of branding, marketing, cultural development and public relations experience, McCormick is an expert at crafting and implementing strategic redevelopment/economic/cultural development marketing plans and an international award winner for her marketing and public relations programs.

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Casmore Shaw

Director of Business Attraction & Marketing Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Marketing & Cultural Arts Director As the Director of Business Attraction & Marketing for RMA –a consulting and management firm, Sharon McCormick develops and implements strategic plans for cities resulting in the reinvention of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts and the cultural renaissance of once blighted areas. Through engaging events and social and cultural experiences; business attraction and retention campaigns; and creative incentive programs and partnerships, McCormick is a strong community engagement and place-making / place-keeping advocate. She also currently serves as the Marketing & Cultural Arts Director for the City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency -  a city actively pursuing creativity and the arts, recognizing this critical component for economic vitality and success.  With over 25 years of branding, marketing, cultural development and public relations experience, McCormick is an expert at crafting and implementing strategic redevelopment/economic/cultural development marketing plans and an international award winner for her marketing and public relations programs.

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Josh Bowers &
Denise Perris

Josh and Denise are avid outdoor sports athletes having competed at professional, Olympic, and international levels, and are expert technologists.
Josh’s career in outdoor sports began grinding fiberglass, repairing sails, rigging sailboats, and managing a West Marine. His sailing career took
him around the world allowing him to live and race in Australia and Europe. After developing a sensitivity to fiberglass, which forced him from the boat yard. He moved into technology, specializing in the launch of new products and services for database and reporting technologies. Denise was a member of the 2008 Olympic Team and a professional wakeboarder. A nerd with a Ph.d from Texas A&M, 15 years of experience as a
consultant in the sport industry, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship, and a leading researcher in data analytics, leadership, and how to build communities using sport as hook.
Their mission is to get more people outside, and
recognize this requires building partnerships within local communities. Applying their technology expertise they launched Pavilion the first purpose built
automated email marketing platform to keep people informed on everything happening outside. Pavilion enables local organizations to automatically update
their email subscribers with upcoming 5ks, hikes, bike rides, and kayak trips. Over
the last year Pavilion has tracked over 140,000 outdoor recreation opportunities happening across the United States, providing insight into recreation pursuits and economic impacts on local communities

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Robyn Wilson

Robyn Wilson is the owner and founder of The Poor Porker Inc, a DIY lifestyle brand and beignet business based on the simple fact that you really can do anything you want to do if you’re willing to work hard for it. She started her company with $300, a great beignet recipe, a cast iron frying kettle and a whole lot of heart. Her award winning designs and food have been featured in Food and Wine, Marie Claire and Glamour magazine. Robyn is an expert treasure hunter; She loves digging deep and finding the goods. She’ll never pass up a good garage sale. She has a passion for breathing life into previously discarded things. Since 2011, her simple beignet business has expanded to a 6,000 square foot destination spot in the heart of Lakeland, Florida called 801 E. Main. Within her space, she continues to offer Beignets out of her food truck, The Poor Porker, in addition to a boutique selling unique and finely procured items, Bearcat and Big 6, and a brand new bar inspired by her parent’s love story, Calexico. 801 E. Main is continuing to grow, and is used as a venue for a number of events within the community.

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Anita Strang

On behalf of the Main Street Winter Haven Board of Directors, Welcome to CityWorks(X)po Florida! We are so excited to host all of you in beautiful downtown Winter Haven. We want to give a great big shout out to CityWorks(X)po Founder Ed Walker for allowing us to bring (X)po to Florida. MSWH has partnered with the City of Winter Haven, the Winter Haven Chamber and the Winter Haven Economic Development Council to make this exciting idea exchange happen. Our hope is that (X)po's impact grows, connecting Florida cities with great ideas and the great people making them happen everyday! 2017 is (X)po Florida's second year, and we have taken on the challenge of creating a cool pop up space for this year's (X)po, we think you will love it. Looking forward to meeting you at CityWorks(X)po FLorida ;-).

HIEP NGUYEN

Hiep Nguyen, serves as the Chief Information Officer for the City of Winter Haven, and leads the City through its Innovation Pivot as it endeavors to become a smart, progressive, thriving municipality as part of larger vibrant community in Polk County, Florida. Entrepreneurs and start-up companies use the term “pivot” to describe a course-correction in strategy to adapt their focus to business, technological, customer and other environmental realities. As technology has become more ubiquitous, complex, and disruptive, a change in our perspective in the application of technology is necessary.  The Innovation Pivot is a recognition of innovation as a core value, and the embracing the culture of inclusion, diverse human perspectives, entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and collaboration.

Mal Jones

Recording artist, Founder of The Lyricist Live, emcee, award winning Jacksonville Hip-Hop/Folk artist, educator and documentarian Mal Jones hosts The Lyricist Live at downtown vision’s monthly “Jacksonville Artwalk.” A Bronx Born, 23 year resident of Duval County, Mal is a pioneer of the Jacksonville indie Hip-Hop scene and creator of Hip-Hop education based school programs that use hip-hop culture as an educational tool. In 2013 Mal became the first Hip-Hop artist in Florida history labeled a “Folk Artist” by The Florida Folklife Program and Division of Historical Resources for the traditional skill of improvisational freestyle rapping. In addition to hosting a number of Hip-Hop workshops that focus on writing and literacy, Mal runs a state funded apprenticeship program awarded by The Florida Folklife Program that teaches the traditional skill of freestyle rapping. He's currently in his 2nd year of curating the folk apprenticeship program.

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Victor dover

Victor Dover, cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning. A revolutionary makeover is underway to promote walking and cycling and appeal to a new generation of creative, demanding citizens. Victor Dover, urban designer and co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley, January 2014), is an expert on how to fix our streets, and, in the process, shape enduring cities that people really love. For 30 years, Dover has been designing walkable, sustainable development. His work spans five continents and ranges from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting suburbia. His projects include Plan El Paso, hailed as “America’s Best Smart Growth Plan,” and the Columbia Pike revitalization plan and code. Victor is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He served as the national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2010 – 2012.

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CityWorks(X)po Florida Schedule

April 6, 2017

April 7, 2017

8 - 9   am     Registration & Morning Bites
9:00   am     Walter Parks
9:10   am     Welcome to CityWorks(X)po Florida
9:15   am     Josh McManus
9:50   am     Kennedy Smith
10:30 am     Johnette Isham & Catherine Ferrer
11:00 am     Lunch

1:00   pm     Reinaldo Borges
1:40   pm     Adrian Jones
2:10   pm     Walter Parks
2:30   pm     Ryan Frazier
2:40   pm     Steve Mouzon
3:20   pm     Ben Pila
3:30   pm     Andy Oguntola
3:50   PM     Neil Takemoto
4:30   PM     CASMORE SHAW
8 - 9   am     Registration & Morning Bites 
9:00   am     Dr.DeanBushey 
9:35   am     Nicole Travis
9:55   AM     Anthony Lyons
10:30 am     Rick Baker
11:00 am     Lunch

1:00   pm     Saba ghole
1:40   pm     Sharon West Mc Cormick
2:10   pm     John marsh
2:40   pm     Bob Kealing
3:10   pm     Josh Bowers & Denise Parris
3:40   PM     Music + Art + Food
4:10   PM     JEFF DONALSON
4:25   PM     HIEP NGUYEN
4:40   pm     Anita Strang

Welcome Florida Main Street


CityWorks(X)po Floirda will be the host site the Florida Main Street Quarterly Meeting.
What is Florida Main Street? Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program administered by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, for traditional historic commercial corridors. The Bureau conducts statewide programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, and preserving Florida's historic resources. Main Street, with its emphasis on preservation, is an effective strategy in achieving these goals in Florida's historic retail districts.

Need a Place to Stay?

Our hotel partners have got you covered! Call Hampton Inn @ 863.299.9251 or Holiday Inn @ 862.292.2100 for a CityWorks(X)po FL discount rate of $119  including a hot breakfast ;-).

our generous sponsors

CityWorks(X)po Florida and Main Street Winter Haven, Inc. appreciates our partnership and the generosity of the City of Winter Haven

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