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Executive Dow Constantine and King County employees are meeting the key challenges facing our region, including climate change, equity and social justice, and regional transportation.

Best Starts for Kids - King County

Best Starts for Kids a victory for children, youth, families

America's most comprehensive approach to childhood development

King County voters approved Best Starts for Kids, an initiative to improve the health and well-being of our region by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities.

Unlike other metropolitan regions in the U.S. that primarily focus on preschool, King County's strategy includes birth through age 5, intervention as the brain continues to grow through age 24, and healthy communities that reinforce progress. The framework for Best Starts for Kids is based on the latest neuroscience that identifies key developmental milestones.

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South Park Bridge - King County

Becoming the nation's best-run government

We listen. We improve. We deliver.

Every day, King County employees explore how we can deliver better services, improve operations, and use fewer resources. To be the nation's best-run government, we are building partnerships to meet community needs and showing how government succeeds when we work together.

The new South Park Bridge, for example, opened in June 2014 and reconnected a critical industrial corridor and communities across the Duwamish River. Executive Constantine united businesses, labor, community representatives, and elected officials to secure funds from local, state, and federal sources, including $34 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Three Forks Natural Area - King County

Confronting climate change in King County

Climate change is a paramount challenge of this generation

The 2015 Strategic Action Climate plan will ensure King County continues to lead on climate action. Executive Constantine's five-year blueprint integrates climate change into all areas of County operations and our work in the community.

In King County, we are no longer anticipating the impacts of climate changewe are experiencing them. We've always had to respond to weather-related events such as wildfires, floods, landslides, and heatwaves. But today, these events are occurring with greater frequency and severityThe decisions we make together must set the stage for our region's future.

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ORCA Lift - King County

Building equity and opportunity for all

Low-income bus fare highlighted as one of region's best innovations

King County has many strengths and assets, including a strong business sector and diverse communities. But many of our people are too otren left behind. ORCA Lift, our reduced bus fare for low-income riders, is one example of how King County is turning a commitment to building equity into action.

For its 2015 edition of 'Best in Seattle,' the Seattle Weekly staff looked back on the past year and selected five innovations that will do the most to make our region better. King County's ORCA Lift program is on track to enroll 40,000 people by the end of its first year. This builds on our 2013 efforts to enroll more than 160,000 residents in affordable health care.

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Regional Transit - King County

Transit is good for our economy, environment, and people

Mobility is now the #1 concern of people in King County

King County Metro Transit provides 400,000 daily rides and takes 175,000 cars off the road each weekday, carrying nearly half of downtown Seattle's workforce to and from their jobs. But demand is still growing, and congestion is a major challenge for most people traveling during peak commute times.

As the executive in charge of Metro Transit and chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors, Executive Constantine has directed the integration and joint planing of Metro and Sound Transit. This will create greater operating efficiencies, a more seamless rider experience, and enable future service expansion to meet the needs of our growing region.

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