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May 05, 2022

Independent Community Bankers of America


The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that Craig Wanichek, CEO and president of Summit Bank, Eugene, Oregon, was elected to serve on ICBA's Legislative Issues Committee. ICBA is a national voice for community banks and is committed to its 92-year mission of creating and promoting an environment where community banks flourish. In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA's national policy positions and programs, Wanichek's duties include engaging in grassroots activities in Oregon to promote pro-community bank policies and serving as a liaison between community banks and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C. Summit Bank has offices in Eugene, Central Oregon, and downtown Portland.

Rep. Adam Smith

Representative Adam Smith announced the departure of his longtime chief of staff, Shana Chandler, and other senior staff changes. Chandler worked for the people of Washington's 9th Congressional District for more than 25 years, starting her career with Rep. Smith as an executive assistant and rising to the role of chief of staff in 2007. In addition to Chandler's departure, the following staff changes will go into effect on May 6: Sarah Servin, currently deputy chief of staff and district director, will assume the role of chief of staff and Glenn Carpenter, currently deputy district director, will assume the role of district director.


ZoomInfo, a software, data and intelligence firm, has acquired Comparably, a recruitment marketing and employer branding platform. Comparably attracts millions of job seekers each month looking for a source of information on company cultures and employee insights. The comprehensive platform provides employers with one-of-a-kind SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solutions to amplify and enhance their employer brand and recruitment marketing with custom content, search engine optimization, and global media recognition through Comparably's Best Places to Work Awards series, which reaches hundreds of millions of people annually. ZoomInfo plans to use Comparably's proprietary data to further build its TalentOS into a best-in-class talent platform by enriching recruiter search options and providing recruiters with access to millions of quality candidates and employer brand solutions. ZoomInfo is headquartered in Vancouver.

May 04, 2022

Golden Hills Wind Farm

Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. announced that it has achieved commercial operation at its 200 Megawatt Golden Hills wind farm in Sherman County, Oregon. The facility, which provides enough clean, renewable electricity to Puget Sound Energy to power over 60,000 homes annually, began operations on April 29. The project will help PSE meet its goals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while providing additional capacity to serve customers, particularly during winter periods. The project is Avangrid Renewables' seventh wind project in Sherman County, 11th in Oregon, and 14th in the Pacific Northwest. The Power Purchase Agreement for the project was signed in May 2020 as part of PSE's commitment to the environment and deep decarbonization by investing in more wind energy. The addition of the Golden Hills wind project increases PSE's owned and contracted wind fleet to over 1,150 megawatts. The project is expected to deliver over $220 million in landowner payments and local taxes over its lifetime. Avangrid Renewables acquired the Golden Hills project in September 2017 from the original developer of the project, Orion Wind Resources, a joint venture between Orion Renewable Energy Group and Eolian. Avangrid Renewables is headquartered in Portland.

Paint Recycling Program

PaintCare released the first annual report for its Washington paint recycling program. The program, which is guided by the state's paint stewardship law (SHB 1652), officially launched on April 1, 2021. In its first nine months of operation, PaintCare collected 581,363 gallons of paint, diverting most of it out of landfills and putting it to beneficial use. Now, a year into collection, PaintCare estimates that Washingtonians have dropped off approximately 842,000 gallons of unwanted paint. The paint recycling program allows people to recycle unwanted paint at a network of 210 drop-off sites across the state. PaintCare is a nonprofit organization created by the paint industry through the American Coatings Association to manage leftover paint in states that have enacted paint stewardship laws. PaintCare also offers free on-location pickup to businesses, organizations and households with 100 gallons of paint or more to recycle. The paint stewardship law includes a small fee — called the PaintCare fee — on the sale of any new paint in the state, which funds all aspects of the program including paint collection, transportation, processing and public education. Information regarding drop-off sites and the type of products accepted is available at http://www.paintcare.org/.

City of Tacoma

The Tacoma Employees' Retirement System (TERS) is seeking applications for the resident member position on the TERS Board. Applications are due May 27. This is a three-year volunteer position, with an opportunity to be reappointed, for a Tacoma resident who is not employed by the city of Tacoma. TERS Board members are responsible for maintaining the financial health of the system and high quality service to its participants. A defined benefit plan providing retirement benefits to city of Tacoma employees, TERS serves about 3,000 active members and 3,000 deferred and retired members. Retirement benefits are funded by employer and member contributions, as well as investment earnings. Application forms, submission instructions and details on the TERS plan, are available at http://www.cityoftacoma.org/retirement/.

May 03, 2022

Standard Insurance


Portland-based Standard Insurance (The Standard) announced that Amy Malagamba has been named assistant vice president of marketing. In her new role, Malagamba will be responsible for corporate-wide marketing strategy and services including brand, sales enablement, creative services and marketing communications. Malagamba has more than 30 years of experience in corporate communications. She joined The Standard's corporate marketing and communications organization in 2013 and was promoted to second vice president of corporate communications in 2015. Prior to joining The Standard, Malagamba held leadership roles in communications, investor relations and marketing at firms including Tektronix and Mentor Graphics. The Standard, in business since 1906, is a family of companies dedicated to helping customers achieve financial well-being.

Clean Energy Fund

The Clean Energy Fund of the Washington state Department of Commerce has funded Qualco Energy to deploy a hydrogen generation solution from Modern Electron. The Qualco Energy renewable biogas project in Snohomish County leverages Modern Electron's cost-efficient and environmentally friendly method for producing clean hydrogen with no CO2 emissions. Qualco Energy, a partnership of the Tulalip Tribes, Northwest Chinook Recovery and the Werkhoven Dairy, will deploy Modern Electron's natural gas pyrolysis technology to produce clean hydrogen. By using cow manure in a digester instead of applying it directly to farm fields, Qualco helps to prevent the cow manure from being washed into streams and rivers. The biogas is also used to generate electricity used by the Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1. The pilot plant will be implemented at a bio digestor site operated by Qualco Energy located at a dairy farm in Monroe.

Dept. of Commerce

Washington Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown announced two new appointments to key leadership roles in the state agency. Veteran journalist Liz Rocca joins Commerce's executive leadership team as communications director, and Stephanie Bowman is Commerce's new maritime industry sector lead. Rocca joins Commerce from the King County Sheriff's Office, where she served as chief of staff and media relations manager. In addition to her role as a strategic and policy adviser, she managed all internal and external communications initiatives, and served as a liaison with the King County Council, Executive's Office and Office of Law Enforcement Oversight. Rocca was also a reporter and newsroom manager, including with Seattle television stations KIRO, KCPQ and KOMO. Bowman is responsible for developing and implementing state policies that support the sustainability and expansion of the maritime industry in Washington, and will work closely with maritime businesses, supporting international trade and shipping, Washington state export businesses, the commercial fishing industry and recreational boating. Bowman served for eight years as a commissioner for the Port of Seattle, where she led the effort to combine the marine cargo operations of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, resulting in formation of the NW Seaport Alliance. Prior to her elected public service, Bowman worked on federal port, international trade and transportation policy in Washington D.C., and for more than 15 years on regional and state economic development issues.

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