Snohomish County Executive News August 2018

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News from the County Executive

August 2018

Courthouse Project and Veterans Memorial Decommissioning

Fencing has gone up around county campus in preparation for the courthouse addition and renovation project. In partnership with the County Council, we will provide improved seismic resilience, public safety, and functionality. The renovation will save the taxpayers $86 million from the previously proposed new building, while meeting our justice system needs. We will continue to carefully monitor the project for additional cost savings.

As part of the renovation, we are moving our veterans’ memorial to a more central location on the county campus. This requires we shutter the memorial during construction. In consultation with our veterans and military partners, we held an event to decommission the current memorial. We were honored to have Captain Michael Davis, Commander of Naval Station Everett, as well as a number of his fellow sailors, join us for the moving ceremony. We want to recognize those who have served and their families by ensuring we have prominent public space dedicated to them. We are very proud of our military families who call Snohomish County home, and we will continue to honor them as an important part of our community.

If you are planning to visit county campus during the next two years, please check the county’s website about the project and its impacts.

Folding Colors
The Veterans' Memorial Decommissioning

Making Our Economy Stronger 

The terminal at Paine Field continues to make progress. Baggage machines were installed last week and the gateways arrived this week. We expect construction to end in October and the regulatory process to conclude at some point early next year. We are excited about this new addition to our community and the many opportunities it will create for our economy and our residents.

In other Paine Field news, the Boeing Company has signed a letter of intent with Snohomish County to take over the entire lease for the Future of Flight Aviation Center. As long term partners with a global reach and the most cutting edge aerospace assets in the world, Boeing is uniquely placed to take the Future of Flight Aviation Center to the next level of success. The Future of Flight is our most visited tourist attraction in the county, and this partnership is vital for our tourism sector, which just passed $2 billion in annual economic impact. We will continue to pursue innovative ideas for building a stronger tourism economy.

PAE Terminal
Paine FIeld's Terminal Taking Shape

Evergreen State Fair 2018!

I hope you will take some time between August 23 and September 3, 2018 to visit the award-winning Evergreen State Fair. Every year the Fair gets bigger and better! I’ll be at the fair Grand Opening on Thursday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m. Please join me to kick off the best Fair in the country!

Last year, the Fair held the first “Morning of Dreams” event. The Morning of Dreams is set up to allow those with sensory sensitivities and other challenges to enjoy the fair in a calmer and quieter environment. Last year, we had over 500 people attend, and this year we have space for 1,000. We know this is the start of an important legacy for families caring for those with disabilities. 

Dave Sommers

Dave Somers
County Executive

3000 Rockefeller Ave.

M/S 407 
Everett, WA 98201

PH: 425-388-3050

FAX: 425-388-3434


PH: 425-388-3365

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