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

Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) Training Series (Virtual Event)
July 10, 2024; August 7, 2024; September 4, 2024; October 2, 2024; November 6, 2024; December 4, 2024
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Other Events

UPMC Essential for Success Entrepreneurial Training Series - Finance & Operational Management Training In-Person Event
June 20, 2024
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FEMA - Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Industry Day
June 24, 2024
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Concessions 101 - In-Person Event
July 10, 2024 - July 11, 2024
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Save the Dates: Army Small Business Seminar at AUSA 2024 In-Person Event
October 15, 2024 - October 16, 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

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

Valerie Kachur, Government Contracting Specialist
Email: kachur_v@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.