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Urbanova — Spokane’s Smart City Project

April 24, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

IEEE Spokane is proud  to present an exciting talk on Urbanova — the ambitious and powerful collaborative nonprofit that is putting Spokane’s University District on the world map for Smart City development!  You are invited to register soon, this popular talk by a well known speaker is expected to fill rapidly.


Cities across the globe are working to use technology in new ways to help improve services and infrastructure for citizens and help address urban challenges like energy and water usage, traffic/mobility, waste, pollution and health. Urbanova is the Spokane region’s innovator in this effort — bringing together leaders in a wide range of industries to create a smart city technology proving ground in Spokane’s downtown University District.  Urbanova is now a living laboratory for scalable, replicable projects that harness data to gain insights, empower people and solve urban challenges in new ways.  Urbanova was launched as a multi-partner nonprofit organization, founded in 2016 by Avista, the City of Spokane, Itron, Washington State University, McKinstry and the University District Development Association.  In 2018 Gallup and Verizon Smart Communities joined the Urbanova partnership.

Come learn more about how Spokane is distinguishing itself in one of the world’s most fast-moving fields.


The Speaker

Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer, Urbanova, Kim Zentz is also director of the Engineering and Technology Management graduate program for Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

With 30 years of senior executive leadership experience, Kim has held positions as CEO of Innovate Washington, CEO of the Spokane Transit Authority, founding president and COO of Avista Labs (now ReliOn/Plug Power) and several executive positions for Avista Utilities.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and a Master’s of Engineering Management from Washington State University




Have you considered becoming an IEEE member but hesitate because you are not sure of the benefits of membership?  You will be pleasantly surprised!  Feel free to contact anyone on IEEE Spokane’s ExCom Officers for more information or check out this site: IEEE Membership Benefits. Whether you are looking to continue with research, meet others with same interests, advance your career, volunteer with a great group of people, or network, joining the world’s largest technical professional organization will not disappoint you!  Many businesses have found that membership with IEEE is so valuable for their employee(s), they have covered the annual cost of membership!


5:30 – 6       Social time

6                   Dinner order for attendees, purchase on own

6:15             Speaker begins presentation

7:15-7:30    Speaker concludes

7:30             Event concludes

Significant others and Students are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Room: Conference Room
Luigi’s Italian Restuarant
245 West Main Avenue
Spokane, Washington


April 24, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM