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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2018

12
APR

King County increased the pet adoption rate by a record 20 percent in a single year
Regional Animal Services of King County – which has dramatically increased the pet-save rate in recent years – set a new record for adoptions last year, delivering on Executive Constantine’s commitment to transform humane animal care.

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APR

Executive Constantine appoints experienced tech executive to lead King County’s award-winning information technology team
After a nationwide search, Executive Constantine selected a former senior Amazon manager to lead King County’s Department of Information Technology, recognized last year as the Best IT County in the Nation.

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APR

Popular transit-to-trails program returns with new service in Seattle connecting to more hiking destinations
A popular public-private partnership that provides direct transit service to trailheads in the Issaquah Alps will return April 21 with expanded service from Seattle to more hiking destinations. On May 19, a second transit service to Mount Si and Mount Teneriffe near North Bend will start at Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill Link light rail station.

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APR

Executive Constantine at State of the County: 'We are not only embracing change. We are leading it'
In his annual State of the County address, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a series of changes and reforms to increase services and make regional government work better for the 2.2 million residents of King County.

30
MAR

A King County initiative prevented more than 4,000 people from becoming homeless in its first year
The first initiative funded by Best Starts for Kids prevented more than 4,000 people – including 2,400 children and teenagers – from becoming homeless in its first year. Researchers at MIT and Notre Dame are now studying King County's approach as a potential model for effective homelessness prevention.

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MAR

Executive Constantine: Join us for a full dialogue as we do the difficult work of reducing the number of youth in detention
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement in response to protesters who are at the construction site of the Children and Family Justice Center.

16
MAR

Executive Constantine encourages United Bid Committee to select Seattle as a host city for the 2026 World Cup
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement after Seattle was selected as a potential host city for the 2026 World Cup by the United Bid Committee, a group representing the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

9
MAR

King County scorecard on legislative session: progress made on key priorities
The end of the 2018 legislative session marks one of the most productive years in recent history, with progress on issues ranging from voter rights, homelessness, justice and legal reform, protecting reproductive rights, and stabilizing community behavioral health.

2
MAR

Executive Constantine announces new partnerships to bring housing and hope to those leaving homelessness
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced partnerships to help people and families leave homelessness. By providing Harbor Island warehouse space to the BLOCK Project and Humble Design, King County makes it possible to stage, store, construct, and furnish homes for people beginning new lives.

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MAR

A major King County infrastructure project will protect the Duwamish River from stormwater pollution for the next century
Executive Constantine kicked off a major King County infrastructure project in Georgetown that will treat up to 70 million gallons of polluted stormwater that currently flows into Duwamish River during severe rainstorms. King County successfully competed for low-interest federal loans that will cover nearly half of the construction costs.

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FEB

King County brings you #MoreMetro service starting March 10
Riders will receive more King County Metro bus service starting March 10 on dozens of routes, including more frequent daytime service, more commute trips to ease crowding, and expanded evening and weekend service. Details are now online and new green timetables will be available soon.

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FEB

King County creates an Immigrant and Refugee Commission to expand opportunity and help uphold the region’s promise as a welcoming community
Executive Constantine today signed legislation to establish the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission, a permanent body that will serve as a hub for organizations that strengthen immigrant and refugee communities.

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FEB

Executive Constantine thanks state House for approving a bill to ban bump stocks
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement after the state House of Representatives approved a bill prohibiting trigger modification devices known as "bump stocks."

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FEB

Greater Seattle area leads the nation in transit ridership growth
The greater Seattle-area led the country with the highest growth in people choosing transit, adding 4.7 million trips in 2017 to reach an all-time record high of 191.7 million. The increase follows continued investment in bus and light rail service that together offers riders frequent and reliable travel options.

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FEB

King County sues federal government to restore funding for science-based teen pregnancy prevention
King County is challenging a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services decision to cancel federal teen pregnancy prevention grants that fund sexual health education developed by Public Health—Seattle & King County. The lawsuit is part of a national effort to push back against the politicization of public health initiatives.

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FEB

Supporting volunteer-driven projects to make Unincorporated King County communities safer, more vibrant and better connected
Competitive grants from King County will help community organizations in unincorporated areas expand volunteer-driven projects and events.

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FEB

King County, Seattle Foundation partner with 27 nonprofits to improve health, social, and economic outcomes
New partnerships funded by King County and Seattle Foundation will help address the startling racial inequities in the region. The 27 nonprofits that successfully competed for $2.5 million funding will achieve multiple goals, such as empowering small family businesses facing displacement in their neighborhood, connecting youth of color with city leaders to prevent violence, and making it possible for more people of color to participate in the green economy.

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JAN

Connecting a thriving new Des Moines business park to high-capacity Sound Transit light rail
Executive Constantine led the celebration of a new Metro Transit shuttle service that will connect a thriving new business park in Des Moines to Sound Transit’s Angle Lake light rail station.

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JAN

Executive Constantine announces new members of inquest review committee, first public focus group
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced two new members of his King County Inquest Review Committee, which he convened in December to review and recommend changes to the police shooting inquest process. The Review Committee will hear from the public in three special meetings, the first on Jan. 27.

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