2017 State of the County address

Dear fellow King County employee,

King County Executive Dow Constantine

In our work together, we are continuing to reinvent how King County does business. We call it Best Run Government, a mindset that embraces innovation, continuous improvement and teamwork to take on challenges, big and small, in our communities.

Along the way we’ve been winning national recognition and the support of our residents for our ideas.

That support led to the success of Sound Transit 3, which will allow us to build on the successes of our transit system – including Metro’s RapidRide network and ORCA LIFT passes for residents with low incomes – to create a truly regional high capacity transit system.

That support led to the Best Starts for Kids initiative, which will help us ensure that every baby born in King County, every child raised here, has a strong start in life.

We are bringing our Best Starts mindset – that we can make the greatest difference in a young person’s life by investing early – to the issue of young people involved in the criminal justice system.

Today, in my 2017 State of the County address, I announced plans for two community-based reception centers – “Safe Spaces” – where young people who have committed less serious crimes, or who are otherwise in crisis, can come to seek help getting their lives back on track, find a safe place to stay, and get connected to housing, education and training.

I also announced that we will build on the excellent work we are doing to support our military veterans through renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy, which expires at the end of the year. I will soon announce plans for an expanded levy that will enable us to do even more to repay our veterans for their service to our country, and to ensure our residents age in good health and with strong community connections.

And I reaffirmed King County’s place as a welcoming community for all, no matter a person’s race, religion, economic means, or country of origin, at a time when our freedoms and values are under attack.

You can watch the full video of today’s speech at the Auburn Community and Events Center here, and read more about my proposals here.

I look forward to sharing more about these new proposals with you in the coming weeks and continuing our work together to serve the people of King County.




Dow Constantine
King County Executive