Executive Summary | September 2019

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News from King County Executive Dow Constantine

September 2019

New water taxi terminal reinforces our strong commitment to fast, reliable marine transit

I was joined by community leaders from both sides of Puget Sound to open our new water taxi terminal at Pier 50, reinforcing our strong commitment to fast, reliable marine transit.


The well-built terminal – certified Platinum under the King County Green Building Program – underscores our drive to expand passenger ferry service that connects more people to the best opportunities that our vibrant region has to offer.

Combined, people boarded King County Water Taxis and Kitsap Fast Ferries more than one million times last year. Given the fact that water taxis never get stuck in traffic and offer spectacular views, it’s not surprising that more people are choosing marine transit. That is why we have made it part of our regional transportation network, offering seamless connections across land and sea.

Central Puget Sound – once a collection of isolated communities – has grown into a true metropolitan region, requiring reliable, convenient transit service for more commuters. Our new terminal positions us to meet that growing demand, offering an unmatched customer experience for the people of King and Kitsap counties.

Thank you, as always, for the opportunity to serve.



Dow Constantine
King County Executive


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Senior Hubs

Investing $20 million in services for seniors; focusing on building connections and healthy aging

Executive Constantine announced investments of more than $20.6 million to senior centers across the region that will offer a wide range of resources for older adults and their caregivers, expand outreach to isolated seniors, and create and enhance services reflecting the diversity of King County’s senior population.

Funding was made possible thanks to voter approval of the expanded Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy that, for the first time, includes funding dedicated to older adults and caregivers.



Summer Programs

Enhancing summer programs that offer kids and youth opportunities to explore

Executive Constantine visited two of the 31 community-based partners that are offering after-school and summer programs funded in part by Best Starts for Kids. The programs offer hands-on learning opportunities, field trips that open kids to new career paths, and help young people explore the world around them.

The partnership with School's Out Washington prioritizes communities that face financial and geographic barriers to opportunities throughout King County.



Commencement Address

Delivering the commencement address for a University of Washington master's program

Executive Constantine delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for the University of Washington's Department of Psychology. The master's program focuses on prevention and early intervention, aligning with Executive Constantine's Best Starts for Kids initiative, which was shaped by research produced by UW's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences.


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