Smart City

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

Photo by Dean Davis courtesy Avista Corporation