(X)po is a celebration of places and the people, creativity and ideas that make them great. This year, Roanoke, Virginia's recently renovated historic City Market Building will host over 300 artists, entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators from Oct. 1- 3.

A diverse set of speakers will share their “Big Ideas For Better Places,” seeking to inspire, motivate, and educate attendees across age, demographic, and professional boundaries. (X)po's mission is to explore exponential impact on cities and communities across eight major themes:

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

This year's speaker line-up includes entrepreneur and philanthropist Katherine Fulton, downtown guru Kennedy Smith, social entrepreneur Dina Buchbinder Auron, photographer Charles Thomas and many, many more. After-hours events will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the change agents who have inspired them to action.

"(X)po is unlike anything you've ever attended," Event Director Amy McGinnis said. "Our audience is full of people from widely diverse backgrounds who are all to a person invested in
making their communities better. At (X)po, young and old are equally inspired, encouraged, and given tools to turn far-reaching visions into tangible change."

In its fifth year, Roanoke's Cityworks (X)po has already earned national acclaim. From the award-winning Evening City Market in Greensboro, NC to the inaugural Cityworks(X)po Florida event, each year attendees are leaving Roanoke and heading home to revitalize neighborhoods, build more vibrant and sustainable communities and effect actual change.

Contact: Denise Allen Membreno
Phone: 540-797-2949
Email: denise@newmooncreativemedia.com