These principles, stated in our county's strategic plan, are incorporated into all of our work at King County. We recognize that our economy and quality of life depends on the ability of everyone to contribute. We will work to remove barriers that limit the ability of some to fulfill their potential. It is troubling that race, income, neighborhood are each major predictors of whether we graduate from high school, become incarcerated, how healthy we are, and even how long we will live. We are committed to implementing our equity and social justice agenda, to work toward fairness and opportunity for all.
New and noteworthy
Building equity and opportunity
In his State of the County speech in February 2014, King County Executive Dow Constantine addressed what he called “the great generational challenges of our time” -- building equity in our community, and confronting climate change. You can watch a video of the speech. More resources and information include:
- A new infographic on building equity and opportunity in King County
- The Executive's policy brief on King County's efforts to build a shared and sustainable prosperity
Report on serving limited-English proficiency populations in King County - 2014
In late June 2014 and in response to a King County Council proviso, a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Workgroup convened by the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget issues its report with research findings and recommendations on how King County may increase access to government services and better work with LEP populations. The workgroup researched county promising practices plus met with community leaders and organizations to help shape the recommendations.