There are 740 cities midsized cities in the United States with a population of 50,000-500,000. Just over 62% of all Americans live in a small to medium size city or their suburbs. Yet, as all communities work to modernize there has been little focus on how the growing medium size city will maintain and develop a vibrant culture, fire its engines of creativity, and serve its people given the unique challenges and opportunities faced by midsized cities. A city does not need to be the size of New York or Chicago or Beijing to effectively address the fundamental cultural, ecological, economic, and humanitarian needs of its populace. Intelligent design isn’t only for largest richest cities; smaller and medium-sized cities like Spokane, Washington can more nimbly and inclusively address the challenges and opportunities associated with technology.

Spokane as a city began as a gathering place for cultures and native nations at the awe inspiring Spokane Falls. The city was founded in 1873. Since then it has expanded and changed to address the needs of the population, going from a mining town to an agricultural center to a world’s fair host to the vibrant metropolitan center it is today, serving as the cultural, economic, educational and social hub of the Intermountain Northwest. City of the Future: Innovation in the Midsize City will bring together leaders from the Northwest and across the country who are focused on the vast potential of the transformation of cities that are positioned for growth and are authentically people-first in motivation and approach. These are the qualities embodied by the ever-changing city of Spokane, Washington.