David Condon is the Mayor of Spokane, Washington.
With the support of the Dentons Smart Cities & Communities Think Tank, PUF chose to honor Austin, Columbus, San Antonio, Spokane and suburban Birmingham as the Fortnightly Smartest Communities 2019.
PUF: Tell us about Spokane?
Mayor Condon: Spokane is the capital of Intermountain Northwest. It's home to a regional metropolitan area of about five hundred thousand people, and the city itself is about two hundred and twenty thousand.
We have long legs in several different industries, including energy, agribusiness, forestry, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and particularly aerospace. We continue to grow as a city and as a region, continue to be connected to not only the Intermountain Northwest but all throughout the western United States into the Midwest, with about seventeen direct flights from Spokane to major urban areas today.
PUF: Regarding Urbanova and this smart city initiative, how is Spokane a part of that?