King County Executive
Council approves Executive's historic proposal to invest $28 million in 100 regional cultural facilities
King County Executive Dow Constantine signed legislation to enact "Building for Culture," the largest one-time investment King County has made to build new cultural facilities, as well as expand, preserve, and improve existing ones. More than 100 arts and cultural organizations will share $28 million in capital improvement grant funds financed by bonds backed by a portion of the County's hotel/motel tax revenues.
Executive Constantine rallies metropolitan regions across the country to welcome Syrian refugees
Elected leaders representing major urban counties across the United States are signing a declaration written by Executive Constantine that welcomes Syrian refugees. The declaration closes with a call to action: “This is, above all else, a humanitarian crisis—one to which we as metropolitan regions are willing and able to respond."
Justice Department promotes King County’s campaign to reduce gun violence
The U.S. Department of Justice is paying for billboards and Sound Transit bus ads to promote King County’s safe firearm storage campaign to prevent guns from being used to commit crimes. The campaign is part of Executive Constantine’s prevention-oriented approach to reducing gun violence in the region.
Washington State Convention Center Addition a step closer with agreement on sale of Convention Place Station site
The transaction between King County and Washington State Convention Center will secure a critical parcel needed to construct the new center's Addition. It will also secure an ongoing revenue stream to help support King County Metro service for 30 years.
King County adopts one of the boldest climate action plans in the nation
Local climate action supporters joined the King County Executive and Council Chair to cheer the signing of King County’s 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan, a bold blueprint for reducing carbon pollution and preparing our region for the impacts of climate change. It’s a plan the co-founder of Earth Day has described as the best he has seen.
King County considers paid parental leave
Proposal by King County Executive Dow Constantine places King County on forefront of growing national conversation about well-being of children and families.
King County's South Park Bridge named best bridge project in U.S. for 2015
National trade publication Roads & Bridges awarded the South Park Bridge the No. 1 bridge project in America for 2015. The magazine honors projects that excel at meeting challenges and positively impact its region. The new bridge carries 20,000 vehicles and nearly 3,000 heavy-duty trucks each day as well as an estimated 10 million tons of freight each year.
Executive declares victory for Best Starts for Kids, the nation's most comprehensive approach to childhood development
Best Starts for Kids is a levy proposed by Executive Constantine to invest in prevention and early intervention so that more children and youth in King County reach adulthood healthy and ready to succeed. It will be the most comprehensive approach to childhood development in the nation, starting with prenatal support, sustaining the gain through teenage years, and investing in safe, healthy communities that reinforce progress.
Executive's statement on early election results of Best Starts for Kids
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement on the early election results of the Best Starts for Kids levy.
Executive, Seattle Mayor declare emergencies, announce new investments to respond to homelessness
So far in 2015, more than 66 homeless people have died on the streets and in unpermitted encampments across King County. Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared emergencies and outlined new investments to respond to the growing crisis of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in King County and Seattle.