Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, listed road maintenance and construction as essential infrastructure activities.Continue reading Road crews are essential
King County announced 45 volunteer-led community events and projects that will be expanded in unincorporated communities with grants of up to $5,000 each.
The community groups successfully competed for a total of $92,500 in grants, which range between $500 and $4,750 each. Community organizations are required to match at least one quarter of the total project costs. The projects must be accessible to all residents, regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
Grants were awarded to community organizations throughout King County’s Community Service Areas. This year’s successful applications include:
- Snoqualmie Valley Community Network—support for a youth leadership summit.
- Skyway Solutions—support for a community festival.
- Federal Way Senior Center—funds to buy 100 chairs for use at the center.
The King County Conservation Corps is a partnership between King County’s Solid Waste Division, Department of Local Services, and Millionair Club Charity. Under the agreement, five-person crews provide services on weekdays in the urban unincorporated areas.Continue reading Cleaning up: King County Conservation Corps update
What a first year!
Our goals were clear: create a department and begin delivering improved government services to the diverse residents and businesses of unincorporated King County.
We took that and ran with it, retooling how the county listens to residents, works collaboratively with them, and acts in their communities.
Here are 19 accomplishments we racked up in 2019: Continue reading Local Services’ 19: Top Accomplishments of 2019
One of our goals at King County Local Services is to help our unincorporated communities thrive. This week, we took a big step in that direction as Hugo Garcia, our first Economic Development Program Manager, joined our team.
Hugo brings nearly 15 years of economic development experience, serving both rural and urban communities. He’s worked directly with small businesses during prosperous and tough economic times, and understands the dedication required to run a local business. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he immigrated to Seattle with his family in 1988. His father ran a restaurant here for years, which allowed Hugo to see first-hand the kinds of challenges small businesses face just to keep their doors open. Continue reading Local Services’ first Economic Development Program Manager looks forward to helping businesses succeed in unincorporated King County
One thing that’s different about King County’s new Department of Local Services is the Service Partnership Agreements it’s making with other King County agencies. The agreements will allow Local Services to serve as a “one-stop shop,” helping residents and businesses in unincorporated areas connect with county services while also gathering information about those services.
On March 25, Jesse Kent joined the department as its Service Partnership Agreement Manager. He’ll oversee this part of the new department’s approach, managing working relationships with other King County departments and looking at the data they collect to support continuous improvement. Continue reading Local Services hires Service Partnerships manager
The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday gave its unanimous approval to the appointment of John Taylor to lead the newly formed Department of Local Services that is set to begin operations at the beginning of the year. Taylor, appointed by County Executive Dow Constantine in October, now formally serves as the director of the department that will better coordinate and deliver direct services to the nearly 250,000 people who live in unincorporated King County. Continue reading John Taylor Confirmed as Department of Local Services Director
(Re-posted from The Centerline)
King County International Airport-Boeing Field will have new leadership in the New Year. John Parrott, who has four decades of experience in the aviation industry, has been selected as the airport’s next director as part of a highly competitive, nationwide recruiting effort. Parrott will begin his duties on January 14, 2019. Continue reading John Parrott named director of King County International Airport
The year 2017 was not only a busy one at King County International Airport/Boeing Field, it was also an historic one.
New runway numbers: For the first time in a half-century, the runway numbers at the Airport field were changed to keep pace with the earth’s shifting magnetic field. The numbers are tied directly to our location in relation to the globe’s magnetic poles, which create the magnetic field that directs compasses and other navigational devices. That field is generated within the planet’s core and is constantly shifting. Continue reading 2017 in review: New Airport runway numbering and firefighting station
By any measure, 2017 was one of the busiest years on record for the King County Water Taxi with new construction, new branding, ridership pacing last year’s record numbers, and recognition with two national awards.
Construction begins on future Water Taxi facility: King County Executive Dow Constantine joined Governor Jay Inslee, Washington Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton, and other transportation leaders to celebrate the start of the five-year Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock project. Attendees had the opportunity to sign a steel piling that will be used to support the future home of the Water Taxi at a 5,000-square-foot, weather-protected Passenger Only Ferry (POF) facility on the Seattle waterfront. Continue reading 2017 in review: Construction and new branding for the King County Water Taxi