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The Voice for Industry
January 21, 2010
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If you receive the Seattle Industry eBulletin, you're in the loop of the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle, also known as the MIC. You are also invited to the MIC Open House Friday, which will help to explain what the MIC is and why it does things like publish the eBulletin, which goes to about 1,500 industrial businesses throughout Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest.


Free food, free beer and free wine will be available at the Open House along with dozens if not hundreds of guests, many of whom look at the world pretty much the same way you do. The Open House lasts from 4 pm to 7 pm and it will be held at the new MIC office and assembly hall at the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center, 6770 East Marginal Way, Building B in Georgetown.
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Everybody Who is Anybody


By our count, at least ten government entities possess responsibility for some aspect of transportation in the Duwamish, and each and every one of them is participating in a community transportation forum Tuesday, February 9, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center.

The goal is to see how these agencies might improve communication with the businesses, workers and residents who call the Duwamish home, and, maybe, how they might improve communication with each other. The public is welcome to attend. The forum is being conducted by the Duwamish Transportation Management Association and Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton will moderate the discussion.

Participating agencies include the Washington State Department of Transportation, the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Metro, Sound Transit, King County International Airport (Boeing Field), the Port of Seattle, and the federal agencies responsible for air, sea, rail and highway transportation. One topic for discussion is how these agencies and the community will respond to major construction projects that will get underway this year on the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the Spokane Street Viaduct.

If you plan to attend: Click Here



Munch and Mingle as OED Kicks Off City Business Casual

Seattle's Office of Economic Development will launch its inaugural City Business Casual event on Thursday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m. These regular monthly events will be an informal way for the Seattle business community to meet with influential and business-focused city officials, influential city leaders, and key department heads in a laid-back and relaxed setting. The inaugural event will feature remarks from Mayor Mike McGinn, who will be mingling with the crowd during the two-hour event.

Close collaboration and exchange of information will be essential to business growth in Seattle in 2010 and beyond. City Business Casual is a great new way to facilitate an open exchange between the city and its thriving business community as the city recovers and grows in the new year. These monthly, informal gatherings will provide the Seattle business community with direct access to city officials who can facilitate strategic business growth through funding, permitting, site selection, workforce, and other direct assistance. City Business Casual will also serve as an important access point to influential city leaders, business-focused city officials, and key department heads.

No pre-registration for City Business Casual is necessary. The sessions will not include a formal program. Business owners and advocates will have a chance to ask questions, suggest ideas, and troubleshoot specific issues in an informal and relaxed setting.

For more information, visit the City Business Casual event page, or contact Yvonne Newsom at 206-684-0890.




Alaskan Way Viaduct: South End Replacement Stage 1

WSDOT is working to replace the southern mile of the viaduct with a new side-by-side roadway. This new section of SR 99 could connect to any future replacement of the viaduct's central waterfront section.

- Through Thursday, Jan. 21 - Utility crews will be working on Alaskan Way S. near the entrance to the Port of Seattle's Terminal 46. During this period, both directions of Alaskan Way S., between S. Atlantic Street and S. Massachusetts Street, will be closed nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. A signed detour will be provided.

- Through Thursday, Jan. 21 - The right lane of westbound S. Atlantic Street, between Colorado Avenue S. and Alaskan Way S., will be closed around-the-clock.

- Friday, Jan. 22 Monday Jan. 25 Crews will close both directions S. Atlantic Street around the clock from 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, between Colorado and Alaskan Way S. for utility work.
Monday, Jan. 25 - Friday, Jan 29 - Crews will close both directions Alaskan Way S. between S. Atlantic Street and Royal Brougham between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly.

- Monday, Feb 1 the morning of Friday, Feb 5 - Crews will close both directions Alaskan Way S. between S. Atlantic Street and Royal Brougham between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly.

More information on these improvements is available on the project Web site.



Sodo Construction Update
Highlights:

- Jan 22, westbound S Spokane St between 6th and 4th Avenues S will be closed until 2012.

- Jan 22, the westbound off-ramp from the Spokane Street Viaduct to northbound 4th Ave S into SODO will be permanently closed.

- Jan 22-24, the northbound I-5 access to West Seattle will be removed for the weekend with a detour in place.

This information can also be found online: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sodo_latest.htm




Weekend Construction on Third Avenue

Construction on Third Avenue from Virginia Street to Pine Street, is scheduled for this weekend, January 23 and 24. Crews will replace concrete panels in the roadway. SDOT is making improvements to several arterial streets in Downtown Seattle, and, as part of this program, a number of deteriorating concrete panels will be replaced on Third Avenue between Virginia and Pike streets.

Starting 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, weather permitting, Third Avenue will be closed to vehicles from Virginia Street to Pine Street. Between Pine Street and Pike Street, Third Avenue will have lane closures and parking restrictions.

Virginia, Stewart and Pine streets will remain open with minor lane restrictions approaching Third Avenue.

The contractor plans to reopen Third Avenue to traffic by 4 a.m., Monday, January 25th.

This project is funded by the "Bridging the Gap" transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.





Deadline for No-fee ORCA Cards Extended

ORCA smart cards, which are gaining popularity among Puget Sound transit riders, will now be available with no fee through Feb. 28. Starting March 1, 2010 a standard adult or youth ORCA card will cost $5. Check out the details of this promotion and more about where and when to get your ORCA card at:
http://www.orcacard.com/ERG-Seattle/p1_001.do





Know before you go

WSDOT has a new Web page that describes how WSDOT projects in downtown Seattle are affecting vehicle and pedestrian traffic. It covers projects on SR 99, including the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement; SR 519 and city streets through downtown and SODO. Link: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/Seattle.htm


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