Sam Reed seeks nominees for civic-minded corporations award

Washington residents can recognize corporations for their commitments to improving local social and environmental conditions by making nominations for the 2012 Corporations for Communities awards.

Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office is accepting nominations until Aug. 31.

Reed will award one large and one small corporation, which will both receive a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion, the highest civics honor awarded by the state.

“We are fortunate to have many companies in our state that make it a priority to give back to their community,” Reed said, in a press release. “This is a chance for the public to help some of them receive well-earned recognition. The purpose of this award is for our office to honor corporations that are going the extra mile to help their community. Encouraging businesses that are giving something back is important, especially given the difficulties that Washingtonians are facing every day in this economy.”

Any for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation or limited partnership registered with the Secretary of State’s office and in line with state and federal laws is elegible.

In 2011, Sterling Savings Bank in Spokane and Korsmo Construction in Tacoma were selected as winners.

Reed started the program in 2009. It is run by the Corporation and Charities Division of the Secretary of State’s office.

Nominations can be made online. For more information, contact program coordinator Patrick Reed at 360-725-0358 or patrick.reed@sos.wa.gov.

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