CityWorks(X)po FLorida is a gathering focused on sharing knowledge to build stronger communities. During the day, attendees will be immersed in thought-provoking presentations, performances and engaging dialogue.
By night, the all inclusive conference continues with networking opportunities at high energy and (X)citing events.
CityWorks(X)po FLorida provides a platform for sharing knowledge, stories, ideas, and projects with a focus on strengthening cities of all sizes. Attendees will represent communities from across the state of Florida. (X)po is about connectivity between people, places and the projects that inspire them. Exploring impact topics like: Capital & Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Good Government, Arts & Design, Knowledge & New Media, Outdoors & Recreation, Public Health & Social Justice and Food, Drink & Music can have on a community. (X)po’s speakers, panelists, and participants will share what they have learned (successes and failures) about community building.
CityWorks(X)po was created by Ed Walker a visionary - connector - placemaker, in Roanoke Virginia. Main Street Winter Haven is honored to host this event for the State of Florida with our community partners: City of Winter Haven, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and Winter Haven Economic Development Council . We hope you can join us for this unique event designed to connect like minded people with a common goal of making the place they live a better for everyone. Have a great day and hope to see you at CityWorks(X)po Florida.
is an urban thinker, designer, author, and builder – an entrepreneur working on ideas about the future of cities. Best known for his master’s thesis and early work that launched the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway circling downtown Atlanta, Ryan’s work centers on strategies for change that advance a broad, inclusive vision for communities. He was the lead creator of the Atlanta City Design, which designs the city’s inevitable change so that it grows into a better version of itself. And along with other projects at Sixpitch and his book, Where We Want to Live, (St. Martin’s Press), Ryan investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.Learn more
Terry Horne, director of the center for civic engagement, otherwise known as civicCon (civic conversations).
Through speaker series and a civic course curriculum, CivicCon raises the “civic IQ” of local citizens so that they are better prepared to shape the future of where they live. The premise is that great dialogue with engaged citizens will result in better communities.
Assistant cra director - main street lake wales director, karen has nearly 20 years of redevelopment experience. karen has worked with several main street communities around the state of florida and brings that experience to her current passion project, Lake Wales connected.Learn more
VICTOR DOVER is the 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 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. 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.Learn more
D.C. Reeves is the founder and CEO of Perfect Plain Brewing Company in Pensacola, FL, Author of The Microbrewery Handbook: Craft, Brew, and Build Your Own Microbrewery Success and the Chief Entrepreneurial Officer for the Studer Community Institute. D.c. is managing the process of creating an entrepreneurial eco-system in Pensacola. Reeves has traveled the country benchmarking other cities and the best entrepreneur programs i to create a great place for small businesses to start and grow.Learn more
Roots singer, songwriter, community cultivator. Beth mckee has been a working musician since the age of 14. in 2010, Beth founded Swamp Sistas - a grassroots not for profit with a dual passion for music and community activism. This organization has presented nearly a dozen Swamp Sistas La Las in Florida and North Carolina, and has raised thousands of dollars for various community causes and organizations. the group continues to seek creative ways to ‘do good’ while simultaneously providing opportunities for women musicians.Learn more
Matt Lukens is the Director of The Lunz Group Animation Studio. Matt develops visual strategies for clients, helping them ascertain the scope, scale and context of their project. Motivated, curious and creative, Matt combines his expertise as a data analyst with his instinct for design to produce vibrant visualizations that are both beautiful and responsive to their realistic context. His background in both fine art and architecture gives clients freedom to explore their project’s boundaries while pinpointing the value of their investment.Learn more
In 2017, Mayor Grant signed an agreement with IBM to build a $30 million cloud-based, Intelligent Operations Center in the City of Seat Pleasant, aSmart City of Excellence. This multi-year endeavor will elevate Seat Pleasant to become the FIRST AUTHENTIC SMALL SMART CITY in the world.In addition to this significant accomplishment, Mayor Grant successfully petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to designate SeatP leasant as a “Rural Community,” potentially giving the city access to millions of dollars of federal grants and funding. Because of the Mayor’s continual efforts, he is currently using $4.1 million in Rural Development financing to remodel City Hall and the Maintenance Building into Smart Buildings.Learn more
Steve Wray is a Vice President,Strategic Initiatives, at Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI). He leads projects andspeaks frequently on a variety of issues, including smart cities, the role ofinnovation in communities, and jobs of the future. Prior to joining ESI in 2017, Steve led the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a regional civic leadership organization, where he led the development of groundbreaking initiatives like World Class Greater Philadelphia, Pre-K for PA and Graduate! Philadelphia. He also served as policy director for Pennsylvania’s Lt.Governor and Acting Governor and as a consultant for a global real estate firm.Learn more
Jeffrey E. Purdy, PE, is an Associate Vice President andOperations Manager of Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (IIS). Jeff has morethan three decades of experience in transportation and systems engineering,fiber optic and wireless telecommunications, and strategic planning. Throughouthis career, he has assisted federal, state and local transportation and publicsafety agencies implementing advanced technology to achieve organizationalmissions, goals and objectives. Today, he guides state and local agenciesprepare for and adopt new technologies including 5G communications, connectedand automated vehicles (CAV), Mobility as a Service (Maas) and applicationswithin the Internet-of-Things (IoT).Learn more
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.
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