Dec. 3, 2008
Blethen Guest Speaker at MIC
Frank Blethen, publisher of the Seattle Times,
will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Anniversary Banquet for the
Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the
Rock Salt Steakhouse on Lake Union.
Blethen will address a number
of issues including news media coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential
Other banquet guests will include Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels
and the new chancellor of the Seattle Community College District, Jill
Tickets are $100 with a meal option between prime rib
and a vegetarian plate. Sign up at 206-762-2470.
The banquet is
preceded by a no-host bar starting at 5:30. Dinner will be served at 6:15.
The program will conclude by 7:30.
150 Teachers Attend Green Expo
One hundred and fifty
teachers attended the first-ever Green Industrial Business and Career Expo
held last month at the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center (PSIEC) on
the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College. The teachers
were among 400 people who turned out for the event featuring 50 exhibits
highlighting different aspects of industrial energy conservation and
renewable energy generation.
Teachers were a primary audience for
the Expo and they came from a 120-mile radius ranging from Bellingham to
Puyallup. One goal was to help educators understand that the "green"
collar jobs and professions of tomorrow will be rooted in many of the
industrial jobs and professions that exist today.
sponsors included The Boeing Company, PACCAR, United Technologies, Nucor
Steel, MulvannyG2 Architecture, MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions,
Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy.
Cosponsors included the
Manufacturing Industrial Council, the City of Seattle Office of Economic
Development, the National Wildlife Federation, the Seattle Community
College District and the King County Labor Council.
Tolls on 520 – what do you
On November 10, the 520
Tolling Implementation Committee released the results of its second round
of evaluation of tolls across Lake Washington. The evaluation looked at a
total of nine tolling scenarios, illustrating and comparing different toll
rates, bridge funding potential, traffic speeds, diversion and transit
use. Five scenarios look at tolling only 520; four look at tolling both
520 and I-90. Find out more about the 520 Tolling Implementation Committee
Join the tolling conversation. Take an online
survey through November 30 at www.build520.org.
P.S. No MIC Meeting This
Industrial Council will not hold its Executive meeting this month. We
encourage you to attend the 10th Anniversary Celebration on December 3!
See top story above.
Fourth Ave S and S Michigan
Beginning last Saturday
Nov 15, SDOT will be working on the east side of 4th Ave S just north of S
Michigan St. Crews will replace asphalt with concrete in the bus stop
lane, and install a new sidewalk and curb bulb. They plan to complete work
in 2 wks, weather permitting. Funds from Bridging the Gap transportation
initiative are paying for this work.
Planned Detour Route on the
Seattle Parks and
Recreation is planning to repair damage to the Burke-Gilman trail trestle
bridge at University Village, which crosses at NE 45th Place and NE
Blakely Place. Construction is slated to begin on Monday, November 24, and
will extend through the end of the year. Preparation for planned detours
will begin the week of November 17.
Partial detours for pedestrians
and bicycles will be in-place during working hours - from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m., Monday through Friday -- and will be opened for evening and weekend
use. Partial pedestrian detours are scheduled to begin November 24, and
will change to a 24-hour-a-day closure schedule on December 1, and
continue through the end of the year.
Expected detours for vehicles
will be in effect at the same time, but under a 24-hour schedule, and will
remain during all construction operations through the end of the
For more information, please contact Seattle Parks Project
Manager Gary Gibbons at 206-386-1511 or email
Starting Monday, Nov.
21, crews will start work on the second phase of WSDOT'S SR 519 Intermodal
Access Project. Crews will begin by widening the intersection of First
Avenue S. and S. Atlantic Street to add turn lanes and bigger sidewalks.
This work will require closing the eastbound right lane of S. Atlantic
Street, just west of First Avenue S. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov.
17 - Friday, Nov. 21. For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr519
Fixing roadway flooding is not an 'easy
When heavy rains fall in
King County, you can usually count on certain roads in the unincorporated
areas closing due to water over the roadway. Even though some locations
are well-known as problem areas during floods, there are trouble spots
that Road Division engineers can't, or don't want to fix because it would
only make problems worse. Find out more about why you can't engineer a
solution for all situations: