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June 19, 2008
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Net Inbound Up
The past 17 months included some of the worst economic news of the decade, but residents of the Puget Sound region might find solace in the number 55.

From January of 2007 through May 2008, moving companies brought more new people to the Puget Sound region than they moved out, with an upward jump in the last two months.

This news comes courtesy of Greg and Ginnie Blaine, owners of Continental Van Lines in Seattle and it is based on nearly 20,000 shipments that were performed by moving companies affiliated with the UniGroup agency, which includes Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines.

The companies conducted 10,180 shipments in and 8,137 out, officially making the Puget Sound market one of the nation's "net inbound" areas with 55% of commercial moves coming in instead of going out.

"The inbound rate is up 6% over June of last year and that's probably a good thing," said Ginnie Blaine. "We're a good barometer for business activity and the health of a region."

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

Go West MIC Members - Posponed

The Business After Hours event scheduled for June 19 is posponed due to bad weather forcast until July 17th. It will be held 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 at (206)728-3449

Spokane Street Watermain Replacement
Seattle Public Utilities is upgrading a seismically-vulnerable vital water supply link in support of the Spokane Street Ramp snd Widening Project by SDOT. These projects are constructed in preparation for the Alaskan Way Viaduct removal in 2012.

Construction begins in mid July. The SPU portion of the work is expected to be complete by the end of October 2008 as the SDOT projects begin. SPU construction is planned for the following streets:
S. Spokane St (the lower roadway) between 2nd and 5th Ave S
2nd Ave S between S Spokane St and Dakota St
S Dakota St between 1st Ave S and 2nd Ave S

What to expect during construction
Lane closures
Total street closure east bound S Spokane Street (the lower roadway) between 1st Ave S and 5th Ave S
Pedestrian detours
Parking Restrictions
Moderate noise, dust and vibration
Increased construction traffic
Temporary utility and/or water interruptions
Possibly discolored water, water with a strong odor or temporary reduction in water pressure
Occasional weekend work on 4th Ave S

The closure of eastbound S Spokane St between 1st and 4th will continue with construction of the SDOT 4th Ave Off-Ramp project and last into 2010.

Project Contacts:
SPU Project Manager, Gavin Patterson (206)684-0126,
For questions about your water service:
Account Exec, Brad Sager (206)684-0832 or Account Exec, Jim Otte (206)684-0153.

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