SLU Chamber
South Lake Union
Chamber of Commerce
January 2012 Update
In This Issue
Major Traffic Alert
New Board President
Welcome New Executive Director
Register for 1/18 Lunch
Events Survey
Sign-up for Miss the Mess
Seattle Magazine Names SLU "Best Thing of the Year"
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Major Traffic Alert!


Street closures coming soon

Please spread the word


The latest phase of Stage Two of Mercer East construction will have a large impact on traffic and road access in SLU in upcoming weeks; the work is expected to take 9 months. Several side roads that link to Mercer will be closed.  Boren AVE N, Terry AVE N and Westlake AVE N. will be closed betweeen Republican ST and Mercer ST. 


-The SLU Streetcar will be operating normally.

-Pedestrian crossings and sidewalk access will not be impacted.


For detailed maps showing alternate routes, local access specifics, and tips on getting in and out of the neighborhood click below. 





Congratulations to John Savo, NBBJ, newly appointed SLU Chamber Board President


John is a Principal at NBBJ where he has been a leader in their commercial and corporate practice for the last 27 years. After serving as Principal-in-Charge of the design team for the Alley 24 Project and NBBJ's subsequent move to the Cascade Neighborhood in 2006, John joined the Board of Directors of the South Lake Union Community Council and became co-chair of the Policy and Planning Committee. He is also on the Board of Leadership Tomorrow, chairs the Citizen Advisory Committee for Seattle University, sits on the Professional Advisory Council for the UW School of Architecture and joined the SLU Chamber Board in 2011. Welcome John!



Board President Welcomes Jodie King, SLU Chamber's New Executive Director 

I'm pleased to introduce the SLU Chamber of Commerce's new Executive Director:

Jodie King, who was selected through an extensive search and interview process led by our board of directors.


Jodie is a native Washingtonian, long-time resident of Seattle, and graduate of Central Washington University. Jodie brings to the chamber a diverse professional background with work experience within the fields of community relations, marketing, fundraising and business development. Her experience includes serving on community relations teams at Bank of America Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation and most recently United Way of King County.


Active in the community, Jodie demonstrates a passion for building stronger neighborhoods, supporting volunteerism and strengthening relationships within the city she is proud to call home. She is an avid beachcomber, volunteer, traveler, camper and gardener. She enjoys trying new restaurants, listening to live music and visiting parks and beaches in the Puget Sound area.


The chamber board of directors is happy to have Jodie on the team championing our community in South Lake Union. You've already begun to see Jodie representing the SLU chamber around the city attending meetings and stopping by your businesses. Please join me in welcoming Jodie to the neighborhood.



John Savo

Board President

Register for the January 18th SLU Chamber Luncheon


"The Next Fifty at Seattle Center"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:30-1:00 at Marion Oliver McCall Hall

Robert Nellams, Director of the Seattle Center, will share a sneak preview of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, programs and developments in the works for The Next Fifty at Seattle Center.



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A Quick Events Survey

Help us plan events to fit YOU

Please take a few minutes to provide feedback about your experience at 2011 SLU Chamber events and/or your ideas about times, themes, locations and topics you'd like see in coming months. Your anonymous answers will help the SLU Chamber Events Committee plan and produce even better event opportunities in 2012.

Calling all SLU Neighborhood Businesses to

Miss the Mess with SLU Chamber


Traffic in South Lake Union is about to get real hairy. Additional jams are expected to start the week of January 16, when construction on Mercer closes down several neighborhood roads. Our plan? Give people a reason to stay off the roads and stay in the neighborhood during peak commute times. SLU Chamber of Commerce is creating an events listing resource on that will highlight what's happening in South Lake Union from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.


Does your business host special events, tastings, food happy hours, live music, book readings, karaoke, trivia or other diversions? Yes? Let us know and your listing will be added to our resource page at




Join us in keeping the community off the roads and enjoying our neighborhood by Missing the Mess.

Seattle Magazine Names SLU the
"Best Thing of the Year" for 2011"

Seattle Magazine named South Lake Union the "Best Thing of the Year" in its 2011 "Best Of" issue, currently on newsstands. Thank you and congratulations to our neighborhood businesses, organizations, and those who frequent them!





Thank you for supporting the

SLU Chamber & best wishes for a

successful 2012!