2017 Annual Giving Drive: Emergency and disaster relief organizations week 

Crossposted from KC Employee Giving The Employee Giving Program’s (EGP) Annual Giving Drive is back in action, and with the recent natural disaster devastating parts of the United States and other countries, this week’s focus is on emergency and disaster relief organizations. The EGP provides prescreened nonprofit organizations to King County employees, where they can give back to their communities directly through…

Breaking down barriers with Supported Employment  

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government.     King County is celebrating Disability Awareness Month in October and recognizing the work that County employees do to serve and support people with disabilities in our community, including the Supported Employment Program. Many divisions have partnered…

Free carpool permit parking now available at 15 park and rides 

Starting November 1, King County Metro will offer reserved permit parking for carpoolers at nine additional park-and-rides, including Green Lake, Aurora Village, Shoreline, Kenmore, Bear Creek, Bothell, Kingsgate, Wilburton, Renton Metropolitan Place and Tukwila. Permits are already available at Redmond, Issaquah Highlands, South Kirkland, South Renton, Northgate and Eastgate. Spaces are reserved for permit-holders on weekdays…

Historic labor agreement delivers on our employee-focused priorities

King County and the Coalition of Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year Master Labor Agreement (MLA) that will, once ratified, help the County advance towards its goal to be a workplace where every employee has the tools, knowledge and support to innovate, achieve their career goals and deliver equitable, high quality service to our…

Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project: Update, complete and open 

On Tuesday, October 10, the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project was completed and opened to traffic. Thank you for your patience and cooperation through this process.  Check out the Yesler Bridge project video, featuring the historical preservation of the bridge and a general project update.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project further, please…

Wheel Options — your trip, your way!

Leave the car at home during October and reap the benefits of sharing or saving rides to work. Complete and track at least six days of Wheel Options—that’s vanpooling, biking, walking, skateboarding, carpooling, taking transit, tele-commuting,  compressing your work schedule or a combination of all modes—and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a chance…

Supporting Disability Awareness Month through Annual Giving Drive

Each year King County employees help hundreds of nonprofit organizations do vital work in our community and around the world by donating to the Annual Giving Drive, and this year’s Giving Drive is now underway. The start of this year’s Giving Drive coincides with Disability Awareness Month, which King County celebrates each October. The following are four participating…

Disability Awareness Month – a history of Metro’s Accessible Transit Services 

Crossposted from Bytes and Boxes Today an industry leader in public transit, Metro has been shaped by citizen involvement since its establishment by the voters of King County 60 years ago. One significant area of Metro leadership and citizen engagement has been the development of accessible transit services for people with disabilities.  The Municipality of…

Success at work!

This article is featured courtesy of Karla Lynch, Employment and Community Access Program Manager, with Department of Community and Human Services When we think about our careers, and how we landed in our present jobs, we recognize that each path is unique. The same is true for persons with developmental disabilities (DD). In the early days of the supported…

Bond rating boost, refinancing saves $41.2 million for King County sewer utility ratepayers

Strong credit ratings and favorable conditions in the financial market continue to benefit ratepayers served by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division.  On Monday, King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division refinanced $175.6 million in Limited Term General Obligation (LTGO) Refunding Bonds. The refinancing will save ratepayers $41.2 million over the next 17 years.  King County’s wastewater utility partially funds…

Celebrating Disability Awareness Month

This October King County is celebrating Disability Awareness Month and taking the opportunity to recognize the many contributions of people with disabilities to our workforce and our communities.  King County provides many programs and services – such as easier access to public transit, greater access to parks, facilities and trails, housing assistance and improvement programs, and Accessible…