For more than two years, six founding partners including Avista, the City of Spokane, Itron, McKinstry, the University District Development Association and Washington State University, have been working to create a living laboratory in The University District to design cities of the future. Newly-named Urbanova, the partners are developing a testbed to harness data to gain insights, empower people and solve urban challenges in new ways. It will enable healthier citizens, safer neighborhoods, smarter infrastructure, a more sustainable environment and a stronger economy. The collaborative effort is already yielding results with smart city projects, including a smart and connected streetlight pilot, “Shared Energy Economy” model and smart city research grants. For more information, see www.urbanova.org.