King County Executive
Executive Constantine signs order to strengthen pro-equity contracting
An order by King County Executive Dow Constantine will transform the county's existing contracting program to make it easier for minority- and women-owned businesses to compete for county contracts.
Bringing 500 people inside, creating 400 jobs – American Rescue Plan homelessness strategies
King County Executive Dow Constantine released his plan to offer shelter and housing to 500 people currently experiencing homelessness in downtown Seattle, Sodo, and nearby unincorporated areas. With $100 million from Pres. Biden’s American Rescue Plan, King County will also offer jobs and rental subsidies.
Executive Constantine announces winners of 2021 Green Globe Awards, King County’s highest honor for environmental stewardship
Thirteen individuals and organizations from across King County were honored by Executive Dow Constantine on April 21 – Earth Day – with the 2021 Green Globe Awards for outstanding work to protect and restore the environment, including ensuring environmental justice for all.
Executive Constantine kicks off 3 Million Trees, increasing tree canopy, protecting forestland, and preparing forests for climate impacts
A new initiative announced today by Executive Dow Constantine will increase tree canopy, protect trees that are absorbing carbon now, and prepare local forests for climate impacts. It's part of his proposal for the updated Strategic Climate Action Plan.
Leslie Harper-Miles to direct King County’s Harborview Bond Project
A longtime King County employee, Leslie Harper-Miles will serve as Bond Program Administrator for the Harborview Bond Program, a voter-approved $1.74 billion investment to improve Harborview Medical Center’s facilities.
Executive Constantine statement on Chauvin verdict
Following the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minnesota, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement:
King County, Seattle repurpose $16 million from jail operations to community-based health and housing
Under a joint proposal by King County and the City of Seattle, $16 million in funding for jail operations will be repurposed and put towards community-based health and housing programs.
Lights, camera, King County – Harbor Island sound stage to jumpstart local film production
King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled a new film production facility at the former Fisher Flour Mill on Harbor Island. The 117,000 square-foot sound stage is King County’s first major public investment to bring back a once-thriving film industry and hundreds of family wage, creative economy jobs as the region rebounds post-pandemic.
Transforming King County’s approach to protecting water quality to ensure survival of native salmon and Puget Sound orcas
A new strategic plan approved by King County Executive Dow Constantine will turn the Clean Water Healthy Habitat initiative he launched in 2019 into action, aligning efforts with partners to achieve clearly defined goals throughout the Central Puget Sound region.
Executive Constantine proposes $600 million American Rescue Plan budget – public health, community supports, jobs and economic recovery
King County Executive Dow Constantine today transmitted a $600 million spending plan to the King County Council, funded in part by the American Rescue Plan. Executive Constantine’s priorities include continuing the public health response and increasing vaccinations; community supports and anti-racist-work; economic recovery with a new program that promotes access to jobs and housing supports.
News flash: FLASH sex education developed by King County is clinically proven to reduce teen pregnancy in national study
The FLASH sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health – Seattle & King County has proven effective in reducing teen pregnancy in a newly published research study. Since the 1990’s, FLASH has been a cornerstone of King County’s exceptionally low teen pregnancy rates. In 2017, the Trump administration sought to stop a national study of FLASH until a successful lawsuit filed by King County in federal court reinstated funding.
King County Metro restores bus trips, revises schedules for semiannual service change March 20
Responding to fluctuating ridership, King County Metro will restore and revise transit service March 20 as part of its regular spring service change. More trips will be added to 15 routes where ridership demand is strongest, while individual trips will be suspended on 10 peak weekday routes due to low ridership.
Executive Constantine requests $65 million and signs emergency declaration to protect West Point Treatment Plant from power disruptions
King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted legislation to the King County Council and signed an emergency declaration to provide West Point Treatment Plant with more reliable power in response to increasing power disruptions to the 1.45 million-square-foot facility.
Executive Constantine’s sixth COVID-19 emergency budget to fund $45 million in rental assistance and support community organizations
King County Executive Dow Constantine today sent the sixth COVID-19 supplemental budget to the King County Council. The $91 million budget includes $45 million in additional rental assistance, $5 million to support community organizations, and funding for COVID-19 vaccination sites.
Executive Constantine announces expanded vaccination site in Redmond, new equity principles for community partnerships
As part of King County’s regional strategy to equitably, efficiently and quickly vaccinate as many King County residents as possible to get the pandemic under control, Executive Constantine announced that the vaccination site at Microsoft’s Redmond campus will now focus on reaching highest-risk, eligible older adults. In addition, Public Health released a statement of principles for equitable vaccine delivery that will be utilized at all partnership sites.
King County launches COVID-19 vaccination sites in Kent and Auburn to provide access for vulnerable older adults
King County is opening two new community vaccination sites on February 1 in Kent and Auburn to expand vaccine access to the most vulnerable older adults in south King County. Establishing these sites now will help prepare for high-volume community access once more vaccine becomes available.
Executive Constantine announces Best Starts for Kids levy renewal: new child care for families with low incomes, continuing and expanding programs that help children and families thrive
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced his plan for the six-year Best Starts for Kids levy renewal to continue programs that focus on health and well-being for children, youth, and families throughout the region, along with new investments to improve access to child care for families with low incomes. The measure would appear on the August ballot.
Executive Constantine and Mayor Durkan announce Seattle voter-funded transit service contract: If approved by councils, riders to see service maintained and new benefits in September
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced a new proposed contract for bus service funded by the voter-approved Seattle Transportation Benefit District. The six-year measure could fund approximately 170,000 Metro bus service hours annually, based on revenue projections.
Executive Constantine releases statement on inauguration of Biden administration
King County Executive Constantine on the inauguration of Pres. Joe Biden
King County funds community COVID-19 vaccination programs to speed health and economic recovery
King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski and Jeanne Kohl-Welles announce $7 million to create high-volume community vaccination sites and mobile teams so that as many residents as possible will be quickly, efficiently, and equitably vaccinated.