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King County is establishing a community planning workgroup to support development of a new King County Equitable Development Initiative (KC EDI)! For background, in 2021 a coalition of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) led organizations urged King County Council to create a county-wide equitable development initiative, modeled off the success of the City of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative. Last month, the King County Council passed Motion 16062 requesting Executive Constantine to establish a countywide equitable development initiative and provide the Council with the framework, implementation plan, recommendations, and clear next steps with funding options.  

What is the community planning workgroup?

  • Made up of community leaders representing communities vulnerable to displacement such as BIPOC low-income, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities across King County. You can apply as an individual or as a representative from a community based organization (CBO).
  • The group will co-develop an equitable development framework and implementation plan for the King County Equitable Development Initiative (KC EDI). 
  • Collaborate with an interdepartmental group of King County staff to deliver two King County Council transmittals outlined in Motion 16062.

Workgroup members are compensated $75.00 an hour, and will be required to attend up to weekly (2 hrs/meeting) from mid-May till mid-August 2022, followed by up to twice a month (2 hrs/meeting) from September 2022 – June 2023. All meetings will be virtual. 

Specifics for the implementation plan are below.

Due August 31, 2022

Phase 1 KC EDI Implementation Plan

In collaboration with County staff, develop:

  • an equitable development framework consistent with equitable community-driven development principles;
  • recommendations and next steps for county and community structure, capacity, and related resources necessary to support an equitable development initiative at King County; and
  • recommendations for how the KC EDI program can prioritize the initiative's work in unincorporated area communities.

Due June 30, 2023

Phase 2 KC EDI Implementation Plan

In collaboration with County staff:

  • Develop objectives and strategies for preventing residential, economic, and cultural displacement and creating and preserving community stability.
  • Incorporate data of current and predicted future displacement risk and metrics for monitoring and evaluating equitable outcomes.
  • Identify potential partners and funding options and outline a process for outreach and collaboration with community-based organizations and other jurisdictions.
  • Propose next steps, including a timeline, that would be needed to implement the initiative, including legislation; and
  • Recommend the duties and responsibilities of a permanent advisory board to implement the initiative.

FOR QUESTIONS:  Please contact Yasmeen Perez, Equitable Development Program Manager, with any questions or requests for accommodations at yaperez@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-8636.

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