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.
Welcome to (X)po! Join us at the Historic Ritz Theater from 5:30-7PM for a social hour and early registration!
Registration opens at 8AM, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast.
CityWorks(X)po kicks off at 9AM and wraps up at 5PM.
We invite you to Union Taproom for an opportunity to connect while tasting craft beer, great food, and live music!
Day two starts at 8AM with coffee and a light breakfast.
The first speaker will begin at 9AM and the last will end at 5PM.
The fun continues on the patio of Fire Restaurant - enjoy live music by Beth McKee, great food and drinks!
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
Marsh is the Co-Founder of Marsh Collective and host of the Redemptification Podcast, serial entrepreneur, a consultant helping steward over $1b in redemptive real estate in 9 small towns (with populations of 800-180k) around America, with love for building things that are beautiful and meaningful.
Over the last 25 years, John and Ashely have guided over 40 startup businesses in various industries, such as the Construction, Real Estate Investing, Advertising, and also multiple Restaurants. John and his wife have renovated 220+ buildings within 10 blocks of downtown Opelika to help save their city. Today, John’s current focus is on helping others make generational differences in their communities and companies by helping patrons bridge the gap between redeeming vision and execution.
leigh ann lunz is a registered landscape architect with over 18 years of extensive experience in landscape design, master site planning, and urban design. over the course of her career, she has worked on many project types such as force protection, streetscapes, park design, academic campuses, and community design and master planning. she combines an extensive knowledge and passion of plant materials and the history of landscape architecture to create designs that evolve from a site's cultural and physical environment. leigh ann actively participates in all aspects of the design process, including conceptual design, program analysis, design development, client presentations, construction documentation, and construction observation.
Angie, V'Asiah & Patrice are the proud owners of Amonie Joe's international Coffees and Delights. Their business is motivated by their mothers love, and fueled by her beliefs to work hard to do the impossible. We are Amonie Jo's.
Gregory G. Curtin, PhD, JD, Founder and CEO of CivicConnect, and a leader in the emerging "smart" and connected world—smart cities, smart infrastructure, e-government, connected communities, etc. CivicConnect is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for the next generation of smart connected communities. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Advisory Board for the Future of Urban Development and Services.
Rick Baker has been a Business Acquisition lawyer, a Law Firm President, a University Vice-President and President of a St. Petersburg-based development and entertainment company. Presently he isan advisor and investor in companies involved in urban development and autonomous vehicle technology. From 2001 to 2010, he served as mayor of St. Petersburg - Florida’s fourth largest city. Under Mayor Baker’s leadership St. Petersburg experienced a renaissance unmatched in city history. In 2008, Mayor Baker was named America’s Mayor/Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine, and in 2011, was named “America’s greatest mayor ofthe decade” in Newsweek Magazine’s Daily Beast.
Brad Beatty is the Director for Heart for Winter Haven. Heart for Winter Haven is a faith-based, non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation committed to empower individuals, businesses, organizations, and churches to created a Connected Winter Haven, working together to renew people and places, one life-transforming deed at a time.Learn more
Laura Lee Gwinn has served the Homeless Coalition of Polk County (HCPC) since 2013. Prior to her current position as Executive Director, Gwinn served as HMIS Project Manager and as Chief Operating Officer for HCPC. She oversaw the planning and implementation of the CoC’s Coordinated Entry system, the merger of two CoCs in Polk County, and the development of a five-year strategic plan for the CoC. In addition, Gwinn serves on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for Polk County the Polk County Homeless Youth Task Force.Learn more
The Honorable Robert L. Williams, Jr. served as a Polk County Judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit for nearly 13 years, having retired in January 2019 with Senior Judge status. During his tenure serving as a jurist, Judge Williams presided over all the Circuit’s Problem Solving Court divisions over multiple years. He has extensive experience presiding in the Mental/Behavioral Health Court system, as well as working in all six divisions of the Circuit’s Drug Court system. He helped initiate both the Post Adjudication Drug Court-Misdemeanor program, and the Court’s newest program known as the Veterans Treatment Docket (sometimes referred to as Veterans Court).
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, a Smart 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 and Operations Manager of Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (IIS). Jeff has more than three decades of experience in transportation and systems engineering,fiber optic and wireless telecommunications, and strategic planning. Throughout his career, he has assisted federal, state and local transportation and public safety agencies implementing advanced technology to achieve organizational missions, goals and objectives. Today, he guides state and local agencies prepare for and adopt new technologies including 5G communications, connected and automated vehicles (CAV), Mobility as a Service (Maas) and applications within the Internet-of-Things (IoT).Learn more
I've made a career of traffic engineering because I love connecting people and places. Whether planning new infrastructure, implementing software solutions, or adjusting existing traffic control to make your commute easier, I find satisfaction in improving peoples' lives. My passion for my field has given me the opportunity to manage or participate in a wide range of projects from small-scale safety improvements to industry-leading technology deployment.
Currently I serve as a Senior Project Manager for the City of Tampa, Florida. In this role I manage operations, technology, and traffic signal capital projects from planning through implementation.
Steven is a Division Manager for Municipal and Environmental Engineering with 27 years of infrastructure design experience with nearly 30 different central and South Florida municipalities. Steven has lead master planning efforts for more than 20 municipal water supply and distribution, wastewater, transportation, solid waste, and reuse infrastructure initiatives. Mr. Elias currently serves on Pennoni’s Smart Solutions/Smart Community, Funding Solutions, and Energy teams; and has been an adjunct professor at Florida Polytechnic University with a focus of technology applications for engineering project management.Learn more
Team Builder, Aerial Transit Developer and “Olderpreneur”, Nocera graduated from St. Petersburg College in Clearwater earning both a degree in Aerospace Technology and a Commercial Pilot's License. That education led to a summer job at Kennedy Space Center that altered the course of his life. In July, 1969 Mr. Nocera became the youngest engineer on the Launch Crew for Apollo 11 - mankind's first footsteps on the moon. After retiring from the Small Business Administration, Mr. Nocera set up 5 Florida companies and assembled a remarkable team to bring about a 21st Century solution to traffic congestion. The free enterprise solution he’ll talk about is becoming known as Aerial Personal Rapid Transit. he will introduce the technologies which will provide "Mobility on Demand"™️ and become the catalyst for Transit Oriented Development.Learn more
Joshua Miller grew up in Winter Haven, Florida and is an alumni of Winter Haven High School. Trained on trumpet, horn, bass and guitar, he participated in Music Programs throughout his years in Polk County Public Schools. He received his degree in Music Management from Florida Southern College, and completed his internship at an active Record Label in New York City.Mr. Miller is a certified Florida Orchestra Association adjudicator and has judged orchestras on the district level across the state, as well as being the District Chair for the Florida Orchestra Association for the past 6 years. His orchestra consistently receive Straight Superior ratings at Music Performance Assessment each year. He is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American String Teacher Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association.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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