The Historic Preservation Program ensures that as the county grows and changes, its diverse array of historic and archaeological resources are preserved for future generations. Projects include enhancing historic transportation corridors, promoting economic development through the restoration of historic main streets in rural and suburban areas, reviewing development proposals to ensure compliance with local, state and federal cultural resource laws, and facilitating adaptive reuse of our historic residential and commercial building stock.
The mission of the Rural Economic Strategies Program (RES Program) is to advance the long term economic viability of the rural area, with an emphasis on farming, forestry, and other rural businesses, consistent with the unique character of King County. To implement the mission and support over fifty Comprehensive Plan policies, the RES Program explores, supports, and/or initiates strategies and actions to enhance business opportunities and flexibility in these evolving economic times. The RES program works closely with rural businesses, the Agriculture Commissions and Rural Forest Commissions, the four rural Unincorporated Area Council, chambers of commerce, and other partners to identify and address economic needs. This includes initiating regulatory changes, assisting in public workshops or training classes, facilitating county interdepartmental coordination, and/or interacting with rural communities on economic development and visioning efforts.