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Green Expo
One Hundred Teachers
More than 100 teachers are signed up to attend the Green Industrial Business and Career Expo at the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center in Georgetown next Friday, October 10.

The event is open to the general public, but a special effort was made to attract educators and help them sort through what's real and what's not in the "Green Economy."

"The teacher response is really gratifying," said Expo spokesman Dave Gering. "The kids in school today will spend their lifetimes working in a much greener economy than the one that exists today and we need to help educators understand what that world is going to look like."

Expo exhibitors and sponsors include The Boeing Company, Kenworth Truck, Nucor Steel, United Technologies, AltaRock Energy, the Chena Hot Springs Resort, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Puget Sound Solar, Wind Balance, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Washington Manufacturing Services and dozens of others.

Host sponsors include the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, the Seattle Community College District, the National Wildlife Federation and the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle.

The Expo runs all day and will include a keynote presentation about the dramatic innovations that are taking place in geothermal electricity generation featuring Susan Petty, founder of AltaRock Energy, Bernie Karl, of the Chena Hot Springs Resort, and David Paul of UTC Power, a subsidiary of United Technologies that is a world leader in manufacturing new geothermal power plants that can generate electricity from water the temperature of a cup of coffee while creating no carbon emissions.

The Expo also includes workshops where industrial firms can learn about energy efficiency and how to reduce emissions, and special forums about the "green collar" jobs of the future that will look a whole lot like the blue collar jobs and professions of today.

The Expo is open to the public. Registration is still open. For a complete program schedule and roster of exhibitors go to

Neighborhood Plan Updates Passes Council
City Councilmember, Sally Clark's recent newsletter extols, "Finally! After more than a year of thoughtful discussion with people all over Seattle, my colleagues joined me yesterday in passing legislation opening the doors to updating our Neighborhood Plans. Now the fun begins.... In the weeks ahead, a Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee (NPAC) will be created to provide input and advice to shape the update process. We're hoping for a great array of voices with a good mix of institutional knowledge and new passion."

To the best of our knowledge the two M&I Centers have been excluded from this Neighborhood Plan Update process . This is based on the time and money being expended by DPD, OED & SDOT in 2008 for the Industrial Jobs Resolution required by the City Council at the end of 2007. If things change, we'll let you know.

Licata Sponsors Forum on Mercer Street
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata will sponsor a forum on the Mercer Street project on Monday October 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm, in Seattle City Hall at 600 4th Ave in the Bertha Knight Landes Room on the first floor. Doors open at 6:00 with refreshments. This forum is free and open to the public. No RSVP needed.

The question to be discussed will be: "Should the City spend $43 million on citywide transportation improvements or on a two-way Mercer Street Boulevard?" Councilmember Licata will propose that the $43 million currently allocated to the Mercer Project be redirected to building new sidewalks in Seattle, funding the recommendation of the Bicycle Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, and providing a long-term capital program for meeting our freight mobility needs.

Audience Members will be polled on what is the best approach for achieving more transportation choices, lowering carbon emissions, encouraging greater transit ridership, and promoting economic development.

Temperary Closure of Viaduct
American Heart Walk is this Saturday morning, Oct 4: Streets surrounding Qwest Field will close from approximately 6:30 a.m. -11 a.m. The Alaskan Way Viaduct will close from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Route details:
Starts by exiting Qwest Field onto Occidental Ave S; heads south on Occidental to S Royal Brougham Way; west on Royal Brougham to 1st Ave S; north on 1st onto the HWY 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct; north on viaduct; exit at Western Ave off-ramp to Bell St; west on Bell to Elliott Ave; south on Elliott to HWY 99/ Viaduct on-ramp; south on viaduct to 1st Ave S off-ramp; south on 1st to Royal Brougham; east on Royal Brougham to Occidental Ave S; north on Occidental back to Qwest Field.

1st Ave S:
Hwy 99 (SB) off-ramp to 1st Ave S Closure - Starting Monday Sept 29 the 1st Ave S off ramp from Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) / Hwy 99 southbound will be closed at night from, 9pm - 6am, while they grind and lay pavement at the bottom of the ramp on to the 1st Ave S roadway.
S Atlantic St to S Dearborn St - Pavement grinding, repairing and paving will take place over the next 3-4 weeks at night; 6pm to 6am.
Work will be weather dependent. One lane will remain open for traffic in each direction on 1st Ave S.
S Mead St to S Findlay St - day time work; 7am to 4pm, to correct 600 ft section of single lane.
What to Expect:
*lane closures, pedestrian detours, parking restrictions & moderate construction noise and dust
*There will be no traffic disruptions during major sports events

S Spokane St Closure:
Work has begun on the replacement of an old water main on the lower S Spokane St roadway. The road way closure will continue through 2010 as the utilities project evolves into the S Spokane St widening/4th Ave off-ramp project. - Expect delays during the next few weeks as the signal timing is being adjusted. Only local traffic will be allowed onto S Spokane St from 1st 2nd Ave S, parking will be restricted.
See the detour map for through traffic from East Marginal Way to I5.

14th Ave S (South Park) Street Improvements:
The contractor continues to work on 14th Avenue South, from South Director Street to South Cloverdale Street. They have finished with the center lane and southbound lanes and are now working on the northbound lanes (eastern side of the street). One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction, with possible occasional detours for traffic. During this time there will be no on-street parking, and there will be some limitations on left turns.

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