rethinking cities 2017-08-16T15:23:26+00:00


Cities across the globe are using technology to not only improve services and infrastructure for citizens, but also address urban challenges – like energy and water usage, traffic, and waste.

They’re called smart cities – and Urbanova is one of the innovators in this movement, bringing together leaders in utility infrastructure, smart metering and communications, higher education, energy efficiency, population health, and urban planning to create a smart city technology proving ground in the heart of Spokane, Washington.

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“This is an opportunity to innovate at a whole new level.”

Heather Rosentrater, vice president, energy delivery, Avista


Urbanova is a living laboratory where, right now, companies and innovators are working on smart city solutions that could ultimately be replicated around the world.

They’re harnessing data to gain insights, empower people, and solve urban challenges – enabling healthier citizens, safer neighborhoods, smarter infrastructure, a more sustainable environment, and a stronger economy.

Located in Spokane’s University District – a setting that provides opportunities to test more diverse applications that might be more difficult or costly in a larger-scale environment – Urbanova is demonstrating how existing utility infrastructure, in coordinated operation with city services like smart streetlights, can be used for customer-driven, smart city applications.

“This is one of the most unique and collaborative smart city groups I’ve worked with.”

Sharelynn Moore, vice president, global marketing & public affairs, Itron


The board of directors helps guide Urbanova’s vision to design cities for the future. It aims to advance Urbanova’s collaborations with businesses, researchers, and innovators to harness data to gain insights, empower people, and solve urban challenges. The board is comprised of a diverse group of experts and leaders in business, utilities, technology, and innovation with a passion for establishing Urbanova as a community of learning for healthy cities.

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“Our desire to innovate and collaborate is transformative.”

David Condon, mayor, City of Spokane


Urbanova is a formal collaboration among six partners, each of whom is an acknowledged leader in its respective area.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.
Spokane is home to more than 210,000 people in the heart of the Inland Northwest. The city facilitates economic opportunities and is unequaled in living, learning and leisure.
Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water.
McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services.
Connecting the core strengths of its educational institutions with regional economic drivers, the University District provides an urban laboratory for the creation of new knowledge.
Founded in 1890, Washington State University drives a preeminent research portfolio and provides transformational student education experiences on campuses throughout the state, including Spokane, home of Urbanova.