KOMO News recently featured a King County Metro driver for his upbeat and positive attitude 

Walid Underwood, a regular driver for the D-Line bus, was recently featured in a KOMO News exclusive. Host Eric Johnson and a camera crew tagged along for a ride, chatting with Walid and several of his passengers. ‘Walid doesn’t just drive a bus. He’s a singing, laughing, joke-telling tour guide, throwing out old-school references and…

King County awarded for commitment to clean transportation 

Crossposted from Inside Transportation King County’s efforts to address climate change and promote cleaner transportation were recognized this month with the “2016 Clean Cities Sustainable Commitment Award” from our partners at Western Washington Clean Cities. This is the Clean Cities most prestigious annual award, reserved for organizations that go above and beyond in their commitment…

Kudos! Metro’s solar-lit shelters recognized by Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council    

King County Metro received an Outstanding Case Study Award from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council for the solar lighting upgrades to the County’s bus shelters. SPLC’s annual Leadership Awards program recognizes public and private sector organizations for leveraging purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies, and the planet. In January,…

Kudos! Tobacco Prevention Program receives national recognition 

The Tobacco Prevention Program’s King County Partners with CHWs to Provide Tobacco Interventions initiative addressed tobacco-related health disparities by integrating Community Health Workers (CHW) into tobacco interventions was recently selected as Model Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practices Program. This NACCHO award nationally honors outstanding local public…

Kudos from a Vets 4 HIRE participant to DNRP section

This kudos comes from James Ott, who participated in the Vets 4 HIRE Program this year with the Department of Natural Resources and Parks.   My experience was incredible. I elected to do my entire time at the Bear Creek District due to child care. The crew there is wow, wow, wow. Parks District Maintenance Coordinator Joseph Hughes is a great leader and easily…

Kudos! LHWMP wins award 

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP) won a 2017 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award in the Supporter Category. Safer Choice is an EPA program that helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment. LHWMP is a multi-jurisdictional program that focuses on…

KCIT featured in Microsoft’s Customer Stories

Microsoft has featured their work with King County in a recent “Customer Stories” feature on their website. This story discusses how King County is using Microsoft Dynamics 365 “as a rapid application development engine to replatform legacy applications and create new information systems.” The prospect of dealing with a government agency puts a knot in…

EMAP Accreditation awarded to King County OEM 

King County Office of Emergency (OEM) has earned full accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) – a validation of the capabilities of our disaster preparedness and response systems. Accreditation from this internationally recognized program represents a significant achievement and compliance with sixty-four industry-recognized standards. The rigorous EMAP process required a year-long internal self-assessment…

Kudos! Office of Risk Management Services featured in national magazine for significantly improving employee engagement scores 

In 2015, the Office of Risk Management Services scored 66% on the countywide employee engagement survey. While a positive score, Director Jennifer Hills sought to improve it. “What I realized was that we really needed to invest in becoming a more cohesive team,” Jennifer said. “We were an agency of strong individual performers but we…

Kudos! Palliative Mobile Care Program featured in national news

This project, coordinated by King County’s Health Care for the Homeless Network and UW Medicine’s Harboview Medical Center was recently spotlighted for its life-saving work to provide care to King County’s homeless population. The Palliative Mobile Care Program aims to reduce unnecessary or unwanted end-of-life care and to give homeless people a say in the process. Since January 2014, has served more than 100…