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Akoya Proudly Supports East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM)

Pittsburgh’s East End has been served by EECM since 1970, when the leaders of 18 local faith groups joined forces to aid homeless adults and at-risk youth. Now EECM operates its initiatives – including temporary housing, feeding, recovery, drug prevention, and educational programs – out of a light-filled 56,000-square-foot community house, launched in October 2013.

Doug Cooper & Stefani Danes collaborationOccupying what was once a blighted lot, the facility boasts a LEED Platinum certification for energy and environmental design. Akoya will soon complete a five-year commitment to the $15 million capital campaign behind this extraordinary new resource. A not-to-be-missed feature is The Once and Future City, a massive 25-foot-tall mural in the gathering room. This collaboration by muralist Doug Cooper and architect Stefani Danes, who worked on the project with summer day camp youth, depicts the ever-changing nature of the East End, celebrating both its “gritty” past and dynamic future.

Akoya Supports DOE SSL R&D Workshop in Tampa

Akoya supported the 11th annual Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D workshop, held in Tampa, FL, in January. Several Akoya SSL team members were onsite, managing behind-the-scenes aspects of the event – from coordinating presentations, breakout sessions, and a poster reception to arranging a bus tour of nearby LED installations, and capturing the great interaction among attendees. This is one of three annual DOE SSL workshops for which Akoya provides event and communications support.

Akoya works with Jefferson Regional Foundation

Akoya is happy to be working with Jefferson Regional Foundation on their brand identity. The new grantmaking organization in Pittsburgh was formed in March 2013 when Jefferson Hospital merged with the Allegheny Health Network. The Foundation will improve the health and well-being of residents in southern Pittsburgh communities through grantmaking, education, and outreach.

DOE’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office Taps Akoya

Akoya has been awarded a contract to support DOE’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office with strategic communications and peer exchange services. Akoya will work with the State and Local Policy and Technical Assistance team, which equips state, local, tribal, and K-12 school district leaders with resources to pursue clean and efficient energy in their jurisdictions. Akoya brings more than a decade of experience in strategic communications and stakeholder engagement in the arena of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy technology.

Akoya Awarded Contract to Support Solid-State Lighting Communications

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has renewed Akoya’s contract for strategic communications support to the Solid-State Lighting program. Since 2003, Akoya has been helping PNNL promote the tremendous energy saving potential of solid-state lighting. Akoya plans and executes campaigns that address multiple constituencies critical to the transformation of the lighting market, including researchers, national laboratories, manufacturers, standards organizations, lighting designers, architects, and consumers. SSL products have begun building market share, but R&D continues to yield further energy savings, better performance, and more cost-effective manufacturing processes.

Shedding Light

Akoya’s Diane Allard used her knowledge of lighting gleaned through her Akoya work supporting the DOE Solid-State Lighting program to recommend long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lights during a recent community service project. Diane was part of a volunteer team that made repairs to an Arlington, VA, community home for adults with intellectual disabilities. The LED screw-ins used to replace the existing, unsafe bathroom light fixtures will provide better lighting for many years at a lower cost. Diane volunteered for Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States, using her Akoya annual volunteer hours.

Akoya Produces

Akoya director of media Robert Matzen recently directed six local actors, nine extras, and a crew of 10 through a week of video shoots at locations throughout Pittsburgh. Akoya managed all production aspects for two courses of training and development videos for Development Dimensions International, a worldwide leader in talent development and management based out of Pittsburgh. Learn more about our video development and other core competencies.

Akoya Expands GSA Schedule Offerings

Government Speak: Under GSA Contract GS-07F-062AA, Akoya was awarded a full suite of special item numbers (SINs) covered by the Advertising & Integrated Marketing Solutions (AIMS) Schedule for services, including public relations, commercial art and graphic design, video/film production, web based marketing, and conference, events, and tradeshow planning.

Plain Speak: Federal customers can tap Akoya’s expertise in public relations, commercial art and graphic design, video/film production, web based marketing, and conference, events, and tradeshow planning through a new contracting vehicle.

Learn more about Akoya contracting.

Initiative Launched for Expert Advanced-Energy Workforce

Making commercial buildings less energy intensive will deliver savings to American businesses as well as reduce carbon emissions. It will also create jobs for American workers with the right skills and credentials. But what are the “right” credentials? Today, there are no consistent, industry-recognized definitions of quality for training and professional certifications. Akoya is excited to be supporting a new initiative being launched by the U.S. Department of Energy to address this issue: the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines. Learn more at

Akoya wins 5-year HHS Contract

Akoya will continue to work with the great team at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Transplantation to increase the number of designated organ, eye, and tissue donors nationally. In September, we were awarded a 5-year contract to provide communications, program support, and stakeholder engagement services to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Workplace Partnership for Life initiative, a program we’ve been supporting since its inception in 2001. Learn more about our work with HHS.