Top 14 in 2014: King County's year in review
2014 was a year of significant accomplishment on behalf of the people of King County. Here are the top 14.
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From the Executive:
This year, we made remarkable progress toward making this the best-run government in the nation.
We opened the new South Park Bridge, reconnecting our industrial heartland to the rest of King County. We led a coordinated community partnership that helped nearly 200,000 King County residents enroll in affordable health care, dropping the uninsured rate in our county by nearly half. We promoted regional transportation by directing Metro and Sound Transit to better integrate their services, and we created a reduced fare program for low-income bus riders that begins in March 2015.
The work we've done to reform County operations and increase efficiency continues to show results. King County received a “clean audit” from the State Auditor’s Office, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government honored our Healthy Incentives™ program with its prestigious "Innovations in American Government Award." Just this month, I spoke at Harvard's Ash Center about our Lean innovations that have brought private-business practices into the public sector.
Each of our major accomplishments in 2014 contribute directly to the health and prosperity of our region. We again demonstrated that we can bring together elected leaders, cities, labor, nonprofits, businesses, tribes, schools, community partners, and our employees to achieve important, ambitious goals.
I look forward to continuing our partnerships in 2015, as we work to advance equity and social justice, confront climate change, increase regional mobility, and provide the best starts for kids.
King County Executive