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So far 2014 has been looking good for Seattle

M. Elaine Wilson

Starting with the Super Bowl and celebration, events have been pretty exciting of late. With 700,000 plus people overflowing the streets of Seattle, media coverage and photos of the parade have been amazing. So too was the conduct of good-natured, happy and peaceful fans, despite numbing cold temperatures, dense, difficult traffic and congested transportation hubs.

In his State of the County Address Feb. 10th, King County Executive, Dow Constantine added some more positives, declaring the state of King County to be strong. Citing various accomplishments over the past year, Mr. Constantine also noted the provision of health insurance for 100,000 enrollees. Further: “King County will receive the 2014 Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government”, Dow Constantine Delivers 2014 ‘State of the County? Address. Goals for the coming year include building equity and dealing with climate change.

On Jan. 2nd Seattle was also named one of the best run cities in America, The Best and Worst Run Cities in America - 24/7 Wall St.. In addition, rankings during the latter part of last year included smartest and most efficient of cities, Seattle Office of Economic Development - OED News and Data.

While there have been several cold snaps this winter the weather has been nothing like other areas of the country so far. (Knock on wood.) The region has been fortunate in this regard as well as having adequate water supply. But weather forecasts show ample rain on the way, 10 Day Weather Forecast for Seattle - And there is always the matter of Big Bertha, traffic and ongoing construction of projects.