Breaking news: Megawatt shutdown

After four years, the West Seattle community-building group Megawatt just announced it’s shutting down. Full text of the Megawatt announcement is on its website; excerpt: “We have succeeded with many things and take pride in our vision for the community and commitment to high quality service. Unfortunately, our dreams exceeded our resources, and thus we have faltered in our ability to reach a point of sustainability with the organization.” megawatt.jpg10:45 AM UPDATE: If you wondered whether this has been coming for a while — given that Megawatt announced in October it would have to cancel the annual “Gathering of Neighbors” that had been set for November — we asked Mark Wainwright, Megawatt board member, and he said, “It hasn’t been coming for awhile. We were sincere when we said that we wanted to come back with a great GON in 2008. At least for the last year, we’ve been running very lean, so it’s not like we just ran out of money. We didn’t have much to begin with. The decision was a recent and tough one.”

3 Replies to "Breaking news: Megawatt shutdown"

  • westseattleite December 18, 2007 (10:09 am)

    That’s too bad. One of the organizers lives down the street from us. I hope the annual garage sale continues. We had fun meeting so many people from West Seattle last year.

  • westie December 18, 2007 (4:06 pm)

    R.I.P Megawatt! I loved your garage sales. It was the one weekend of the year when the block all got together and hung out.

  • The Velvet Bulldog December 18, 2007 (8:20 pm)

    I want to give huge props to Mary Ellen Cunningham, whose baby Megawatt was – she had great ideas and worked hard to bring our West Seattle Community together. I was able to work with Megawatt on some of their graphic design projects and I really appreciated what they were working to achieve here in West Seattle. Because of them, we know a little more about our hometown. All the best to you Mary Ellen!!

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