Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County launches 2023 National Civics Bee

The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023 National Civics Bee, a statewide initiative to encourage middle-school students to showcase and grow their understanding of, and their appreciation for, the rights and duties of American citizenship.

The Chamber, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is hosting the Bee in Centre County.

Middle-school students from public, private, charter, and home schools are invited to take part in a 500- word essay competition. Judges will then select 20 essay winners, who will test their civics knowledge by competing in a live quiz event. The live event will be held April 17 in Centre County. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $1,000 for the first-place winner.

Ben Burns Promoted To Senior Quality Engineer at HRG

Ben Burns has been promoted to senior quality engineer in the water and wastewater group at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG). He will manage technical design standards with a specific focus on innovative wastewater-process solutions, biosolids management and energy production from wastewater.

Burns joined HRG in 2007 and previously served as both a project manager and team leader. He is a licensed professional engineer with certifications in odor assessment and construction document technology.

Water and wastewater practice area leader Josh Fox says, “Ben has demonstrated his knowledge and application of engineering principles on some of HRG’s most difficult projects over the past 15 years. His passion for sustainability and renewable energy will greatly benefit our team and our clients. I am extremely excited for Ben, HRG, and our clients.”


Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is a nationally ranked, employee-owned design firm providing civil engineering, planning, surveying, and environmental services to public and private sector clients throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The firm was founded in Harrisburg in 1962 and has grown to employ more than 300 people across eight office locations.

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