FLORIDA

The International Accounting Group has added several new members to its alliance of independent accounting firms. These additions give TIAG an increased presence in critical commercial and financial centers in the United States, Europe and Africa. The newest member firms to join TIAG include: Pritchard, Bieler, Gruver & Willison PC,of Philadelphia, Penn., Dorfman Abrams Music LLC of Northern New Jersey, Goldblatt McGuigan of Northern Ireland, Studio Rock Commercialisti Associati of Milan, Italy, Nucase of Portugal and Angola, and Group Expert Consulting of Romania.

GEORGIA

Smith & Howard was recognized for the fourth year in a row as a Top Workplace in the Atlanta region by The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. …The speakers for the 2014 Fraud & Forensic Accounting Education Conference have been announced. http://pkm.com/events/fraud-conference/ Topics will include: the global financing of terrorism, cyber assaults, trends in white collar crime, investigative techniques, ethics, using new technology and real CSI techniques to catch and prosecute financial crime, and the potential for abuse with bitcoins and eBay mystery auctions. The event will be May 15 and 16 in Savannah, Ga. Approximately 16 CPE hours are available.

ILLINOIS

Crowe Horwath LLP has teamed with the International Management Advisory Group, to provide anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act consulting services. The joint consulting services will use Vantage, IMAG’s AML/BSA service offering, which links industry-accepted risk methodologies to the metrics, statistics and analysis critical to determining the effectiveness of AML and BSA programs. …CohnReznick LLP was recently named one of the Best Places to Work for Career Development by Crain’s Chicago Business.

MICHIGAN

Plante Moran has been named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. The accounting and business advisory firm, which has three offices in West Michigan, was among the business and organizations to be honored in the 2014 program.

MISSOURI

Brown Smith Wallace has been named to Vault Accounting 50 - a ranking of the 50 best accounting employers to work for in North America

NEW JERSEY

The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants will award more than $520,000 in scholarships. Award recipients accept their awards during the 54th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 24, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin. For many of the students, the ceremony and the opportunity to meet with practicing CPAs and representatives from many of the state’s leading accounting firms will give them their first, full-fledged professional networking experience. This year’s scholarships will go to 26 high school and 63 college students, representing almost every county in New Jersey. The NJSCPA will begin accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship program in the fall. The NJSCPA Scholarship Fund consists of:

NEW YORK

KPMG LLP will celebrate Earth Day – which takes place on April 22 – with a week devoted to conducting environmental sustainability service projects in its 90 offices throughout the United States. …The Construction Services Practice of Marcum LLP debuts its analysis of construction industry hiring trends, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Marcum’s JOLT Survey Analysis found that shortages of in-demand construction skills helped drive down the construction hiring rate in late 2013, despite a significant increase in the number of construction job openings.. …PwC released its Conflict Minerals Survey which found that only 4 percent of companies have completed their draft filings and 90 percent haven’t even begun drafting or have only developed initial drafts with significant work still needed, providing a rapidly narrowing window of action before the deadline arrives. …The new accounting consulting firm, Metzler Advisory Group, has picked up Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP as one of its first clients. Starting in June, the advisory firm, will counsel TSA on its growth strategy.

OHIO

Apple Growth Partners has joined the BDO Seidman Alliance, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms.

UNITED KINGDOM

McGladrey LLP welcomes Baker Tilly in the UK to RSM International, a leading global network of independent accounting firms of which McGladrey is a founding member. Baker Tilly is the seventh largest firm in the United Kingdom with around 3,500 partners and staff, and fee income of over £300 million ($500 million).

WISCONSIN

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause has launched a new, interactive online mapping tool that helps users determine if a business or development project may qualify under various criteria for the New Markets Tax Credit or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.