Resilient Businesses, Climate and Laborers

King County's District 5, which includes the City of Kent, has the sixth-largest economy in the state of Washington. In spite of this economic footprint and the broad diversity of local businesses, the size of our economy is not matched by our efforts to increase local resilience. To be competitive for the new climate and resilience priorities set by Governor Inslee as well as President Biden's green capital and infrastructure plan, we must:

  • Build equitable funding to replace carbon and non-renewable materials in our buildings, energy, transportation, and other ecologically unsafe systems.

  • Create inclusive and equitable approaches to climate and resiliency that prioritize local businesses, homeowners, schools, student health, family well-being, and communities of color in our green and clean energy economic transition.

  • Collaborate with local unions and workers to expand on the King County Promise with education investments and relevant "green" training funds for the trades, construction, and apprenticeship programs to upskill all laborers