August Update from Councilmember Jared Mead

News from Councilmember Jared Mead

Friday, August 7th, 2020

COVID-19 Update

After six weeks of increasing case rates, Snohomish County recently saw a slight decrease in new cases per 100,000 population. Although this is good news on the road to recovery, it’s important for us to keep up on our efforts and keep our communities safe and healthy. Please remember the following safety protocols:  

  • Wear a face covering in shared spaces, including outdoors if you aren’t able to maintain a distance of six-feet from others 
  • Wash your hands often for at least 2 seconds. If you don’t have access to a proper hand washing station use FDA-approved hand sanitizers. A list of hand sanitizers that the FDA has not approved can be found here
  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces in your home and workspace 
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill, and get tested if you have symptoms of Coronavirus 
  • Avoid large gatherings, and keep social groups small (five or fewer from outside your household)  

I've also included a link to the Snohomish County Health Board's Coronavirus Data Dashboard for more information. Remember to stay safe and look out for each other during these trying times.  

CARES Funding in District 4

Recently I was notified of businesses in District 4 that were able to receive CARES funding in response to the COVID-19 economic impact. In our district, we were able to secure $1,215,000 in support allocated to over 68 businesses throughout the Mill Creek, Bothell, Brier and Mountlake Terrace regions. I have shared a resource page from Workforce Snohomish for general information and links to additional resources for business owners.

Town of Darrington Announces Sustainable Wood Innovation Center

CLT Panels


On Thursday, July 16th the Town of Darrington received a $2 Million award to develop the Wood Innovation Center. The campus will include companies building or manufacturing mass timber, cross laminated timber (CLT) and modular housing. I am incredibly excited for the new Darrington campus to bring innovative and sustainable wood technology jobs to the community and create a new wood product market that encourages responsible forest management so we can preserve the beautiful thriving environment that makes Snohomish County so unique. 

Snohomish County Law & Justice Committee Update

The Snohomish County Council recently held the first hearing for my proposal Ordinance 20-046, amending the membership of the Snohomish County Law and Justice Council to add six community members from Snohomish County. I am extremely proud to introduce this policy as it is an important step to ensuring community representation and participation in criminal justice issues in our county.  

Snohomish County Leaders, UW Bothell Alumni

Councilmember Megan Dunn and I were recently interviewed by UW Bothell News to talk about our experiences at UW Bothell and how they’re prepared us for our work at the Snohomish County Council. The UW campus and staff in Bothell will always hold a special in my heart because they gave me an opportunity to become the first person in my family to get a college degree. I’m looking forward to opportunities to support the UW Bothell community. If you’re interested in reading the full article, I’ve provided the link here.

CM Megan Dunn and CM Jared Mead

Grants Awarded to the Aerospace Employment Recovery & Training Program

On Tuesday, August 4th, The Snohomish County Council announced grant awards through the Aerospace Employment Recovery & Training Program (AERO-ERTP). The funds will be used as part of the county’s plan to use federal CARES Act resources to support businesses and their employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant aims to help alleviate pressures from financial impacts by providing a grant for preapproved, direct, training-related costs. 11 businesses in our community were alerted this week that they are eligible to participate in the grant program. If you have questions or want more information relating to the AERO-ERTP grant awards, I have included a link to the County Press Release as well as a link to Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Recovery where you can find more information for residents and small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

What's Next?

In the past three weeks, Council has been listening to Snohomish County department presentations to better understand how to support organizations within the county in their economic recovery. As we approach budget season, it has been very important for the County Council to better understand challenges and successes throughout the various county departments. Looking forward, the Council will be focusing on the 2021 County budget as we work to find equitable and long-term budget solutions. During these deliberations I will be focused on ensuring your voices are heard and the struggles of the families in South Snohomish County are addressed in our budget. 

Contact Councilmember Jared Mead

Councilmember Jared Mead

 Snohomish County Council
 3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
 Everett, Washington 98201
 8th floor, Robert J. Drewel   Building 
 Phone: 425-388-3494


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