A Centralia College writer and science instructor has received a prestigious national award for his outdoor field guide. Pat Pringle, associate professor of Earth Sciences, has been notified his newest work, “The Roadside Geology of Mt. Rainier National Park and Vicinity,” has won the 2009 “Best Guidebook” award from the nationwide Geoscience Information Society. GSIS is the nation’s leading membership organization in the geological sciences arena, providing the latest information to professionals, amateurs and sightseers around the world. GSIS is a member organization of the Geological Society of America and the American Geological Institute.
Signs by Tomorrow in Tacoma has announced that Carrie Case has joined the firm as senior graphic designer. She is a graduate of Washington University and comes to the company with an extensive experience and background in design, as she recently worked for a local design firm. She has past success working with clients and is eager to built relationships with the company’s client base.

Heritage Bank was named as one of the finalists for Washington’s Best Workplaces by the Puget Sound Business Journal. After an extensive process of employees from nominated companies across the state completing surveys, Washington’s best were chosen based on employee benefit offerings, leadership culture and work/life balance philosophies. The program was launched in 2007 to identify and recognize best practices in the hiring and retention of great people. Winners will be announced on August 20, 2009.

Jessica Holden, Transportation and Environmental coordinator at Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, will be leaving Tacoma at the end of July to begin a new position closer to family. The chamber will be introducing a new Transportation Coordinator in the next few weeks. In the meantime, The Downtown: On the Go! Newsletter will be taking a little break this summer.

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