Jobs & the Economy

Since taking office, Dow has worked continuously to promote job growth for King County residents and to ensure adequate training for the next generation of workers.

A few examples:

Creation of the King County Aerospace Alliance – Dow formed the Alliance along with cities, schools, businesses and labor partners to support the future of our aerospace industry and to ensure the next generation 737 is built in King County. A key challenge is that, as large numbers of Boeing workers near retirement, local schools are graduating only half the number of trained workers Boeing needs every year. The Alliance supports creation of the next generation of machinists and engineers through promoting today’s aerospace industry as an outstanding career choice for students, and by working in partnership to expand education and training opportunities. Alliance member Washington State University is working to secure local internships for aspiring engineers, giving students a foot in the door, and industry the opportunity to discover new talent. In recognition of this work, Dow received the Economic Development Champion Award in 2013 from the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.

 

Engaging King County’s students through STEM programs – By implementing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills programs for youth programs in all of King County’s diverse communities, the Workforce Development Council can team with labor organizations and school districts to identify the best practices for training and developing the next generation workforce.

 

Construction underway on the North Lot of the former Kingdome – Four decades after the Kingdome site was acquired by King County, redevelopment of acres of asphalt near the newer stadiums in Seattle has begun. The North Lot project will create up to 2,700 construction jobs and generate $700 million in economic activity over the next decade, bringing new vitality to Pioneer Square, and modeling efficient land use through compact, mixed-income, transit-oriented development.