Government Agency Coordination Office - APEX Accelerator

About GACO

The Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO) is a APEX Accelerator based at PennWest California, with a satellite office in Pittsburgh.

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GACO serves businesses in these Pennsylvania counties:

  • Allegheny County                                                                                                                                                   
  • Beaver County
  • Butler County
  • Greene County
  • Washington County

Since 1985, the office has helped companies to obtain more than $4.6 billion in contracts.

GACO Services

GACO's services to the region's business community include:

  • One-on-one counseling on government procurement policies.
  • Identifying codes for federal government contracting.
  • Notifying companies of bid opportunities.
  • Assisting with government registrations.
  • Advising on subcontracting opportunities and contracts.
  • Advising on bid preparation.
  • Conducting seminars and webinars on government contracting.
  • Hosting procurement fairs for face-to-face marketing.
  • Notifying businesses of subcontracting opportunities – Bid Opportunity Board

GACO Events

CMMC Training Series - Changes and New Rule Requirments Webinar
February 29, 2024
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ALCOSAN Ohio River Tunnel Information Session
March 7, 2024
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Other Events

23rd Annual Business Opportunity Conference for Minority, Women & Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
March 1, 2024
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DBA/DBRA Compliance Principles for Government Contractors and Workers Webinar
March 6, 2024
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IN PERSON DLA EVENT - Training, Knowledge, Opportunities (TKO) Seminar
March 7 to March 8, 2024
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Newsletters

May 2023 Newsletter
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August 2023 Newsletter
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February 2024 Newsletter
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Become a GACO Client

Businesses interested in GACO services must complete this client application. You may choose the office location that is most convenient for you.

Contact Us

PennWest California Office
GACO
Box 20
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419-1394
Phone 724-938-5881
Email: GACOAPEXAccelerator@pennwest.edu

Kate Lacey Glodek, Director
Email: glodek@pennwest.edu

Tracy Julian, Contracting Coordinator
Email: julian@pennwest.edu

PennWest Pittsburgh Office
GACO
700 River Avenue, Suite 220
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone 724-938-5881

Dr. Pricilla A. Robertson, Government Contracting Specialist
Email: robertson@pennwest.edu

PennWest Regional Learning Alliance Office
GACO
850 Cranberry Woods Dr, Suite 2220
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone 724-741-1004

James D. Free, Government Contracting Specialist
Email: free_j@pennwest.edu 

View GACO Resources

Find useful links and publications on federal, state and local resources, e-business reference sources, resources for veteran-owned businesses, business codes, certifications and self-certifications, and more. 

This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense.

Please give the DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) your feedback on GACO’s performance at APEX Accelerators

Also funded through a grant from the Allegheny Foundation.