News from County Executive Dave Somers: August 2017

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News from the County Executive

August 2017

Smart Snohomish County 

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to take a study mission to Mexico, visiting Mexico City and Guadalajara. The focus of the trip was not only to promote Snohomish County to one of our major trade partners but also to learn how Mexico has been using high tech tools to help bridge the significant economic gap between their urban centers and rural communities.

What I found encouraged me to launch Snohomish County down the path to being the first Smart County in the State of Washington. We have issued a request for proposals to companies or other organizations that may help us determine how we might use technology to better serve our residents. We want to ensure we are trying everything to develop our rural economies, link those who have a skill to those who could use that skill, and otherwise use cutting-edge tools to plan for our future.

I will keep you updated as we begin the process of seeing how technology might be used to improve our economy and quality of life.


Dave Sommers

Dave Somers
County Executive

3000 Rockefeller Ave., 

M/S 407 
Everett, WA 98201

PH: 425-388-3312

FAX: 425-388-3434

 Public Advocate

PH: 425-388-3365

dave somers

Reforming County Government

Having launched our STEP reform initiative last year, we have been hard at work connecting county leaders with experts from various fields: government reformers, experienced consultants, and industry practitioners. Our goal is to improve customer service across county government while also finding ways to improve our processes to make our work more efficient.

Later this month, we’ll be hosting David Hyem, a leading LEAN practitioner at Boeing, for a training session on how to improve both our processes and customer satisfaction. Mr. Hyem has been a top manager at Boeing and is currently responsible for all of the design for the interiors of airplanes. His first priority is ensuring the customer is satisfied but also handling the complexity of taking designs from ideas to implementation.

As we continue our efforts to make Snohomish County government more efficient while empowering our employees, we’ll be bringing in more experts to help us with our efforts. Our primary goals are to deliver the best possible service for the people of Snohomish County and do it with an eye toward saving money for taxpayers.

Fresh Bucks is Good for Farmers and Our Neighbors in Need

We are launching a new program in Snohomish County: Fresh Bucks! This is a program that is raising private funding to allow those participating in the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program to have matching funds for shopping at farmers markets. As you know, fresh produce can be very expensive. Fresh Bucks allows those receiving public support to get matching dollars, up to $10 per day, for produce bought at participating farmers markets. It has the duel benefit of helping our farmers and also encouraging healthy, local eating for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Snohomish County is partnering with the Washington State Farmers Market Association and Food From Farms to create the Fresh Bucks program. Participating markets include: Everett Friday Farmers Market, Everett Sunday Farmers Market, Marysville Farmers Market, Mukilteo Farmers Market, Port Susan Farmers Market, and Snohomish Farmers Market.

If you or someone you know would like to donate to this great cause, please visit here or contact Sheri Muntean at 360-209-3160 or by email at All donations are tax deductible. Please ensure that donations are marked “Snohomish County Fresh Bucks”.  If a family does not currently receive EBT benefits but believes that they might qualify, they can verify eligibility through Washington Connection.