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Releases: Perkins Coie, Blaine County Housing Authority, Broadview University, Intermountain Erectors, Ingo Stroup

Perkins Coie wins Idaho State Bar Pro Bono 6.1 Challenge Award

Perkins Coie has received the 2011 Pro Bono 6.1 Challenge Award from the Fourth Judicial District of the Idaho State Bar. Perkins Coie has received this award for four consecutive years.
The 6.1 Challenge Award is sponsored by the Fourth District Bar Association as part of its Law Day program, which recognizes the pro bono and charitable efforts of local attorneys and law firms. The 6.1 Challenge Award is given each year to firms for outstanding service in the area of providing legal services to the poor, performing charitable work, and making efforts to improve the legal profession.
The Boise office of Perkins Coie was a recipient of the 2011 6.1 Challenge Award based upon the amount of service hours performed by attorneys and legal staff, the high percentage of attorneys and staff participating in pro bono activities, and the quality and diversity of representation and other charitable service provided.

Blaine County Housing Authority and ARCH Community Housing Trust receive $32,000 in grants

Blaine County Housing Authority and ARCH Community Housing Trust have reached their $32,000 funding goal in order to conduct a much-needed housing needs assessment and countywide housing plan.
Idaho Housing and Finance Association, The Lightfoot Foundation and Mountain West Bank each awarded $10,000 toward the project, with US Bank contributing the final $2,000.
“Since 2006, the recession has taken a tremendous toll on the local real estate market, construction industry and tourism – which are the primary drivers of Blaine County’s economy,” BCHA Executive Administrator Kathy Grotto said. “Thanks to these four donors, we will be able to conduct a new needs assessment that will help BCHA and ARCH, our community housing partner, better understand how the economic changes in our community have impacted the need for affordable housing.”
The funding will be used to hire a consulting firm to assess the housing market supply and demand, and evaluate market trends.

Intermountain Erectors earns AISC certification

Idaho Falls-based steel erection company Intermountain Erectors recently completed the American Institute of Steel Construction certification process, making it the only AISC-certified erection company in the northwestern United States.
“With the economy being slow, especially in the construction industry, we wanted to give ourselves a competitive edge,” said Mark Shell, Intermountain Erectors president.
Companies that are AISC-certified have been through a rigorous initial evaluation and are subject to annual reviews. Many construction jobs are open for bid only to AISC-certified companies, making the certification an additional incentive.

Ingo Stroup receives EPA award

Ingo Stroup, with Building Energy Inc., has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2011 Indoor airPLUS Leader for advancing indoor air quality and healthier homes for the building industry.
One of only eight organizations recognized nationally, Building Energy is at the forefront of verifying standards for improving air quality in newly constructed homes and buildings. Every qualified home meets stringent guidelines for energy efficiency guidelines set by Energy Star.
Stroup has over 30 years of experience in testing, diagnostics and energy auditing and has been awarded the EPA Excellence in Housing Awards for the past three years.

Broadview University to hold free Volunteer Fair

Broadview University will host a Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at its new Boise campus at 2750 E. Gala Court in Meridian. Local non-profits may set up informational tables for free.
“This is a great opportunity for any area non-profit looking for volunteers,” Kelli Daily, service learning coordinator at Broadview University, said.
More than 60 informational tables are being made available for non-profit organizations. The deadline to register is Friday, May 13. Call (208) 577-2905 or e-mail kdaily@broadviewuniversity.edu for more information.
Along with free registration for non-profit representatives, the Volunteer Fair is free and open to the public as well.

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