Employee Survey coming spring 2019

Dear fellow King County employee, Through our Investing in YOU work we’re continuing to build a workplace where you have the tools, support, and opportunity to do your best work. For the past three years we’ve used the annual Employee Engagement Survey to hear from you about how can we make King County a better…

Results for America praises King County’s revolutionary new approach to creating community partnerships

Results for America, a national research and policy organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based policymaking, praised King County’s revolutionary new approach to creating community partnerships. Researchers cited the county’s Best Starts for Kids initiative as an effective model for making contracts with service providers more accessible, collaborative, and outcome-focused. The nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based organization is sharing…

King County pilots innovative solutions for shelter, permanent housing

The King County Department of Community and Human Services placed an order for 29 modular units to house approximately 100 people, the County’s first acquisition of modular housing to provide affordable, mobile units that can be placed into service much faster than units built by traditional construction.  The County is also partnering with the City…

Increasing home-visiting services so more parents and caregivers have the support they need

A wide range of support services for expectant mothers, parents, and caregivers – funded by Executive Dow Constantine’s Best Starts for Kids initiative – are increasing parents’ knowledge and confidence, strengthening parent-child bonding, and improving school readiness throughout King County. The services – delivered during home visits by community-based partners – provide parents and caregivers…

Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish off Lummi Nation boat and SoundGuardian

The King County SoundGuardian was featured in a recent article by the Associated Press, highlighting its participation in efforts to save a sick orca whale in Puget Sound. Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters…

King County launches SoundGuardian to join emergency Puget Sound orca recovery effort

On the morning of Aug. 5, King County’s research vessel, SoundGuardian, departed its Seattle homeport on its way to northern Puget Sound to take part in an emergency effort to save ailing members of the endangered resident orca population. “Orcas are the Salish Sea’s most iconic residents, and we all share the responsibility of protecting…

Metro earns top award – best in North America

In a message to Metro’s employees, General Manager Rob Gannon shared the fantastic news that the American Public Transportation Association has recognized King County Metro as Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year! Dear Metro colleagues, I have wonderful news to share with you: Metro has been named Outstanding Public Transportation System of the year—the…

Funding victory gets staff back to doing what they do best

When funding for a major five-year study of Public Health’s pioneering FLASH sexual health education program was restored last week, employees who work on the program took a collective sigh of relief. “We were starting our third year of the project when we received notification that our study, which is funded by the Office of…