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Dow Constantine

2015 Executive Office news releases


Seattle and King County receive record $28 million in federal homeless assistance grants
A record $28 million in federal homeless assistance funds was awarded to Seattle and King County, including $3.6 million to create new housing opportunities across the region. The funding comes just days after the annual One Night Count found a 21 percent increase over the number of homeless counted last year.


Executive thanks County Council, City of Seattle for expanding winter emergency shelter hours
As the number of homeless residents in King County increases, Executive Constantine applauds action by the County Council and City of Seattle to expand the hours and capacity of the emergency shelter located at the King County Administration Building.


Record-breaking bond refinance yields biggest savings in King County history
Thanks in large part to King County’s excellent credit ratings, the Wastewater Treatment Division will save $160 million over the next 33 years after a bond refinance. The savings come after Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s cited WTD's strong management practices and consistent financial performance.


More convenient, more reliable, less crowded: Major boost coming for bus service in Seattle
Executive Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray took formal steps to add 200,000 hours of bus service each year in Seattle. Voters in Seattle approved a funding initiative in 2014 that was made possible by a program Executive Constantine created, allowing cities to purchase service from Metro Transit.


King County Civil Rights Commission honors three student essay winners
Three students from Open Window School in Bellevue took top marks in the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Writing Contest, which encourages students to think critically about Dr. King's legacy of peace and justice. The contest was open to all 8th grade students in public and private schools in King County.


New smartphone app makes it easy to plan trips on buses, rail, ferries and water taxis
Executive Constantine has launched a free smartphone app that allows riders to plan trips across 11 public transit agencies. It is the latest benefit from the Exec’s initiative to create a more coordinated regional transportation system.


King County, cities sign ambitious agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions and confront climate change
Executive Constantine and mayors from across King County formally adopted ambitious joint county-city commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They identified specific local actions to confront one of the greatest threats facing our region.

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King County Executive
Dow Constantine

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