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The new Trader Joe's at Lincoln Heights is expected to be open this October.

Vandervert Development is giving the entire Lincoln Heights Shopping Center a new look.

There's an exciting transformation occurring on 29th avenue on Spokane's south hill. From Ray street on the east to Grand on the west a number of construction projects are changing the look of that area, and adding some new businesses. The new Trader Joe's building in Lincoln Heights Shopping Center is really taking shape and should be open by Thanksgiving. And Vandervert Development is upgrading the look of the whole shopping center and you can see how it's going to look starting with the Coldstone Creamery space at the southeast end. Across 29th in the Rosauers complex a Flaming Joe's restaurant is going in where Chapalla used to be. And to the west, at 29th and Grand, work has begun on a new Ross store and another retailer in Lamonts former building and the entire Manito Center, including Super One Foods is being remodeled.

Marla Nunberg named interim president of Downtown Spokane Partnership as Marty Dickinson departs.

Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) President Marty Dickinson, after six years of service leading Spokane's leading central city advocate organization, has accepted a new position as the Corporate Marketing Communications Executive, SVP of Sterling Savings Bank. Her last official day with the DSP will be July 1, 2011. After much deliberation, Dickinson made the decision based on the opportunity for career advancement in one of Spokane's longstanding businesses, a Fortune 500 company.

The Executive Board of Directors has named Marla Nunberg as the interim President during the replacement search. Nunberg is currently the Vice President, a position she has held since 2007, and has managed the DSP communications and BID operations from that position. She has been with the DSP since 1997.

WSU College of Nursing Hires Allison Benjamin

Washington State University College of Nursing has hired Allison Benjamin as its Marketing and Communications Manager.

Benjamin holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Eastern Washington University. She formerly worked at Cancer Care Northwest as its Marketing and Public Relations Officer. She has served several years on the local Spokane Regional MarCom Association board, including serving as President in 2009-2010. In her role, Benjamin is responsible for supporting communications and marketing efforts of the College of Nursing, located on the WSU-Spokane campus in the University District in downtown Spokane.

Pattison's Inline Racing Team Headed to Nationals in Ft. Wayne, IN

Pattison's North is home to P.I R. (Pattison Inline Racing), an inline speed skating team, that is quickly becoming a force in the national speed skating scene. The team is coached by Shaun Pattison, a two-time winner of the NW Coach of The Year, with 25 years of experience in the sport.

In July, the team is heading to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for Indoor Speed Nationals. Four-time National Champion, PJ Muxlow, will be defending her title in the Master Women Division. Teague Knapton and Jared Fincher, arguably two of the fastest skaters in the WA, ID, OR Region, will be competing in the Junior Men Division and the Senior 2-Man Relay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzUnZGzuW48. Other skaters include seven-year-old MaKenzie Ritchie and her dad, Tom Ritchie, and Kennadi Pattison, age 6, daughter of the owners.

The team is raising money by holding several fundraising events. The first is a benefit skate on Tuesday, June 21st, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pattison's North (11309 N. Mayfair Rd. in Spokane). Tickets are $6 at the door. The second is a community garage sale, in the rink parking lot, to be held Saturday, July 9th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and support some of the fastest skaters in the Northwest Region! For more information contact Shaun Pattison at 509-466-2832.

Studio H launches new website and branding; hires Kristi Erban.

Hara Allison's Studio H Advertising and Design has developed new branding and a new website at www.smallagencybigideas.com. They have also hired Kristi Erban, who planted her seeds in Spokane advertising over 20 years ago. She has run the gamut in her advertising career from copywriting, media buying, broadcast and print production to account management... and she'll point out she managed to do it in four inch stillettos. With experience from LA boardrooms to cozy Spokane coffee shops, she has spearheaded both local, regional and national advertising campaigns, bringing to each of them her passion for creativity and customer service. With a talent for being able to visualize client needs and translate them into award winning creative and lightning speed deliverables, Kristi Erban defines the 'Service' in Executive Services.

You can reach Studio H Advertising and Design at 208-964-2787 or via email to Hara at hara@smallagencybigideas.com

New airport director to address West Plains Chamber

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce July membership breakfast, Thursday July 7th features Lawrence Krauter, the new CEO/Airport Director of Spokane International Airport. The meeting is from 7 to 8:30 am at the Pence Student Union Building on the campus of EWU. For more information go to www.westplainschamber.org

Girl Scouts hires long-time volunteer and local philanthropist as camp director.

Girl Scouts' Camp Four Echoes on Lake Coeur d'Alene prepares to unveil a new lodge just in time for the summer season. Jayn Courchaine, experienced Girl Scout leader and trainer, youth mentor, and local philanthropist will take the helm as the seasonal camp director.

Courchaine has been involved in Girl Scouting since high school and earned the highest award, the Girl Scouts First Class, now the Girl Scout Gold Award. Since then, she has served actively as a parent/leader for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Camp Four Echoes is familiar terrain to Courchaine, aka "Handy" while at camp. She is excited by the new emphasis and attitude toward the learning and development of campers through varied science explorations, and also treasures the traditions she and her girls have experienced throughout Camp Four Echoes storied history. Courchaine believes girls will rise to the expectations set forth by Girl Scouting.

For more information on Camp Four Echoes new lodge, summer program, accommodations, history, registration or gift certificates, please visit the website at www.CampFourEchoes.com, or phone Outdoor Education Manager, Marcy Mastel, at 800-827-9478, ext 227.

InCyte Pathology Named to Washington's 100 Best Companies to Work for List

After a comprehensive five month process, InCyte Pathology was named one of Seattle Business magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For" in 2011. Receipt of the award may be new; however, InCyte employees have known for a long time they work for a great company. Annual internal surveys reveal that employees appreciate a great set of generous benefits, a respectful professional environment and support for continuing medical education for every employee.

The award process commenced in January after readers nominated hundreds of companies. A round of questions regarding benefits was submitted to qualifying companies the following month. The nominations were then pared and employees of the finalists were canvassed on topics from company communications and culture to leadership and benefits. Data from over 350 companies was evaluated by the judging panel before final selections were made.

The website is www.incytepathology.com.

Casey Lechich joins Trindera Engineering

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm based in Coeur d'Alene, ID, announces the hiring of Casey Lechich as an Electrical Drafter.

Mr. Lechich has over 6 years of AutoCAD drafting experience, and will join Trindera's electrical design group for commercial projects. He was previously employed at Kootenai Electric Company and other firms both in Hayden, ID and Marina Del Rey, CA.

Trindera Engineering specializes in electrical systems, control systems, lighting systems and specialty systems, with an experienced, multi-dimensional staff that brings quality and versatility to every project.

Spokane Marcom announces 2011-2012 Board of Directors

The Spokane Regional Marketing and Communications Association is proud to announce its 2011-2012 Board of Directors.

Alyssa Ando
Sterling International

Vice President / Incoming President / Programming Chair
Sally Mildren
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Spokane

Past President
Ashley Martin
Kl├╝ndt | Hosmer

Communications Chair
Nichole Betts
Allied Fire & Security

Events Chair
Leslie Czernik
Pearson Packaging Systems

Finance Chair
Judith Van Dongen
WSU Spokane

Fundraising Chair
Crystal Schaeffer
Kelly Brady Advertising

Internship Chair
Tyler Tullis
Desautel Hege Communications

Membership Chair
Breanne O'Doherty

Spark Awards Judging Chair
Kevin Dudley
Greater Spokane Incorporated

For more information on Spokane MarCom go to www.SpokaneMarCom.com

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