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June 11, 2008
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Mysteries Revealed
Ever wonder what on earth government agencies are thinking when it comes to the Seattle industrial base? If so, it's not unusual. But, it is unusual for City Hall to answer that question and that's what will happen Wednesday, June 18, during the Industrial Jobs Initiative Open House sponsored by the city's Office of Economic Development.

The event will include exhibits from organizations and programs providing services that help industrial firms and their employees. It will also provide opportunities to give input about city programs and policies that need to be improved or created.

The event runs from 4-7 p.m. in Building A of the new Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center, 6737 Corson Avenue South in Georgetown.

The open house will be used to develop recommendations to the Mayor and City Council about ways the city can improve services to industrial companies.

Well, Duh…
Today's Seattle Post Intelligencer – of all places – includes a column that suggests today's oil prices and related horrors might just have a teensy, weensy bit to do with the US failure to develop its own energy resources. That conclusion might not rank as rocket science for you, but it is positively Einsteinian when it comes to most news coverage which almost always fails to connect the dots that US energy supplies are dramatically impacted by NIMBYism and aesthetic concerns that energy development is often, well, "icky."

Read the column here, in the news service section of the Seattle Industry website, where you will also find a brilliant recent column by Charles Krauthammer about our collective national failure to put 2 and 2 together on energy. You might say we are child-like in our national naivety about energy. But that would be insulting to children.

Lunch Bus Tours
Port of Seattle has announced their Lunch bus tours for 2008. They will tour:

  • Duwamish River Industry and Habitat Tour - Thursday, June 26
  • Carnitech, Cityice and Terminal 91 Tour - Thursday, July 10
  • Containerized Cargo Tour - Thursday, July 17
  • Fishermen's Terminal Tour - Thursday, July 24

These tours fill up fast so register today. For more information check out this pdf
Click here to register:

Go West MIC Members

All MIC members are invited to join the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce at a Business After Hours event on June 19 at Jack Block Park from 5:30-7:30PM, hosted by the Port of Seattle. This will be a very fun event. We have a lot more in common with our commercial neighbors to the west than you may think. RSVP before June 16 at (206)728-3449

First Avenue S Paving Project Update

E Marginal Way S to S Hudson Street:
• Curb ramps and sidewalks
• Storm water drainage and concrete panels replacement at S Hudson Street (will require 4 - day closure of S Hudson Street east of 1st Avenue S and detour using 2nd Avenue S and Dawson; the week of June 9th; detour signs will be posted)
• Pavement grinding (week of June 16th) S Hudson Street to S Spokane Street:
• Curb and sidewalk removal and replacement near S Spokane Street S Stacy to S Dearborn Street:
• Curb ramps and sidewalks
• Crosswalk and traffic island modifications at Railroad Way S/S
Dearborn Street

The overall schedule for 2008 work on First Avenue S includes four (4) phases described below:

1. E Marginal Way S to S Spokane Street; S Stacy Street to S Dearborn Street. Curb ramps, sidewalks and other concrete work - mid May to mid July
2. E Marginal Way S to S Hudson Street - mid May to mid July
3. S Stacy Street to S Dearborn Street - mid July to mid October
4. S Hudson Street to S Spokane Street - mid July to mid October

Phases 3 and 4 will be predominately night work.

Please visit SDOT's website at: to view updates.

What to Expect During Construction
• Lane closures
• Pedestrian detours
• Parking restrictions
• No traffic disruptions during major sports events
• Moderate construction noise and dust
• Normal day time work hours: Monday - Thursday; 7 am - 4 pm
• Night time work hours: 7 pm - 7 am
• Occasional weekend work

Project Contacts:
George Frost, Public Outreach Coordinator,, (206)615-0786 or Jessica Murphy, Project Manager,, (206) 684-0178

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