The 2012 World Choir Games will be headquartered at the Duke Energy Convention Center and the new School for the Creative and Performing Arts, which opens in the fall of 2010 in Over-the-Rhine. The 11-day competition, which will feature an estimated 400 choirs from more than 90 countries, will mark the first time the World Choir Games have been held in the United States.

John Rogers, a partner and director of health care for GBBN Architects Inc., was elected national treasurer of the American Institute of Architects. Rogers is a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, as well as a nationally certified healthcare planner.

Western & Southern Financial gave the UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital $2 million to support ongoing physical and technological upgrades to the cancer center. The gift is in addition to the $2 million gift Western & Southern gave the center in 2008.

The Northern Kentucky Water District received a state award for water quality excellence. NKWD is among 31 treatment plants in Kentucky to win the honor, which was awarded by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. The award recognizes demonstrated success in producing drinking water that consistently meets or exceeds state water quality standards.

Fort Mitchell-based Huff Realty announced the addition of three new agents to its Western Hills office:Greg Grote, Kevin Pahl and Dan Morena.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber honored small businesses in the region at its Small Business Excellence Awards Luncheon. Triplefinwon the award for Small Business of the Year in the 51 to 250-employee category. Libertas Technologies LLC won in the under 50-employee category.

Midland Atlantic completed construction on the New Haven Commons shopping center. The development is anchored by a 14,600-square-foot Staples store that opened in February. It’s located on Biggs Boulevard near the New Haven Road interchange on Interstate 74 in Harrison.

Colleen Rouse of Conner High School and Elizabeth Weber of Scott High School received 2009 Work Ethic Scholarship awards from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship program honors high school students that demonstrate excellence in “soft skills” such as communication, language and social interaction that make them valuable to future employers.

Premier Community Health recently won four awards for marketing and advertising: two from the Aster Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Marketing and two from the Healthcare Marketing Report Advertising Awards. Premier Community Health is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating healthier communities at hospitals and medical centers in Southwest Ohio.

Beth Gully, owner of BT Graphics of West Chester, won gold and silver in the 2009 Summit Creative Awards competition, which recognizes creative accomplishments of small- and medium-sized advertising agencies and other groups. BT Graphics won the honor for its work on a greeting card design and an annual report for Butler County Job and Family Services.