Read the newly released Local Food Initiative Report! 

The King County Local Food Initiative 2018 Annual Report highlights significant accomplishments and tracks our progress toward building a stronger local food system over the year, including:  Protecting more than 920 acres of farmland and getting more than 630 acres of fallow land back into food production in King County since 2016;   Increasing farmer sales at King County’s farmers markets by nearly 5 percent year-over-year since 2017;   Enrolling 26 aspiring farmers in training programs in 2018; and  Supporting the Fresh Bucks Benefits program so that nearly $500,000 in Fresh Bucks were redeemed… Read More

Last chance! Don’t forget to register for the 2019 BBY5K by May 31 

The Big Backyard 5K (BBY5K) fun run and walk presented by Kaiser Permanente is set for Sunday, June 2 at King County’s Marymoor Park and will feature a 10K race option to celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary. Registration for the 2019 run is easy – sign up online at www.bby5k.com through May 31 and in-person on race weekend. King County Employees can create or join a King County Team and use the promo code KC5 to receive $5 off their registration. The event promotes fitness and community involvement and has raised more than $300,000 for King County Parks in the past nine years.  … Read More

Transforming how the region funds employment and job training to connect more people to high-demand careers 

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan are transforming how the region funds employment and job training, uniting the efforts of local governments, businesses, labor and philanthropies to connect more people to high-demand jobs.  Here are highlights of the transformation:  Prioritize employment and training for those who face the most barriers to opportunity.  Improve coordination between employers, labor, and educators to make sure job seekers are prepared for the best career opportunities available right now.  Better align local, federal, and philanthropic funding to maximize the impact and produce… Read More

You know an #OrcaHero! 

Many county staff show their public service not just though their day job, but also in their daily actions. Even off duty, many employees are an #OrcaHero working for a clean, beautiful environment.   Do you know an #OrcaHero? This kind of hero helps keep our waters and Puget Sound clean and orcas healthy. Every action adds to cleaning up pollution from our homes, neighborhoods and businesses. Post your #OrcaHero and tag @PugetSoundStartsHere so we can share their story.   Everyday heroes help our habitat by:   Avoiding pesticides and synthetic fertilizers  Checking for and fixing car leaks … Read More

King County District Court partners with students to launch Redmond Youth Court 

By Troy Brown, Communications Manager, King County District Court It all started when Bouke Spoelstra, a high school junior at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, WA, became interested in law when reading Michael Connelly’s novel “The Lincoln Lawyer” as a child. An active participant in a youth court in Bothell working with Bothell Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlson, Bouke decided to ask around for any judges in Redmond who might be interested in creating a similar program for teens in that city. Judge Gehlson helped connect Bouke with King County District Court (KCDC) Judge Michael Finkle,… Read More

Bike Show, May 22 

In support of Bike Everywhere Month, we will be hosting a Bike Show on Wednesday, May 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Chinook, Rooms 121 and 123. Join us for a chance to ask your colleagues how they make bike commuting work for them. There will be a variety of bike set ups to check out. For more information contact Heather Eliason at Heather.Eliason@kingcounty.gov. 

King County is the nation’s first local government to offer a certified carbon credit program that protects local forests 

King County is the nation’s first local government to offer a certified carbon credit program that protects local forests.  The county’s new Forest Carbon Program offers local companies the opportunity to offset a portion of their carbon emissions within King County where their employees and their families can explore and enjoy the protected forests in both urban and rural communities.  “We are making it possible for local companies to help us protect forests, confront climate change, and promote healthy habitat right here where their employees live, work, and play,” said Executive Constantine. “Our first-of-its-kind… Read More

Chief Family Court Judge Tanya Thorp: Family Court is some of the most important work we do 

If you ask Judge Tanya Thorp what she wishes everyone knew about Family Court, she’s quick to answer: we have so many services available. And when 76% of the cases arrive with no or only one attorney, that’s really important. Learn more about Family Court in this nine-minute podcast. Listen now.  

Join King County at the 40th Annual Washington Women in Trades Fair, May 10 

Join King County Facilities Management Division, Department of Natural Resources & Parks, Department of Transportation and others at the Seattle Center for the 39th Annual Washington Women in Trades Fair this Friday, May 10 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Learn more about the fair at the Washington Women in Trades website. 

King County Metro, Sound Transit reach agreement to continue integrated rail operations and maintenance through 2023 

King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Member Dow Constantine announced that King County Metro and Sound Transit reached an agreement to continue operating and maintaining the Link light rail system for the next four-and-a-half years, and potentially up to 10 years. The agreement was sent to the King County Council and Sound Transit Board’s Executive Committee this week for consideration.  King County Metro has operated and maintained Sound Transit Link light rail since it launched in 2009. If approved, the new agreement will continue the dependable service to the region through… Read More