state of the county – and of local arts and culture

King County Executive Dow Constantine delivered his State of the County speech this afternoon. In it he affirmed an ongoing commitment to the arts and heritage landscape of our region, through the County plan articulated in HB 1997, currently making its way through the State House of Representatives in Olympia:

“We have other critical infrastructure needs to which we must attend….

Expansion of the Washington State Convention Center and support for our infrastructure of arts and culture will attract more tourists.

*Every visitor we bring to King County spends money and provides the revenues needed to support human services, housing, public safety, and transportation.

*Our legislation introduced by State Representative Tina Orwall of Des Moines will create thousands of good-paying construction jobs in the short term, and draw hundreds of thousands more visitors over the long term, visitors who will spend an estimated quarter-billion dollars in new money here, every year.”

Read the full speech here