ColdSpark, the Pittsburgh-based political communications and strategy company behind SFA Fund, the super PAC for Nikki Haley for President, launches Citadel Communications, an affiliated entity that will focus on communications and public affairs for the company’s clients in the corporate, nonprofit and association sectors. ColdSpark will continue to serve clients in the political arena. Jeremy Neuhart, who previously held senior communications posts at companies including BASF, Evonik and PPG, leads Citadel as managing director, and Mor Greenberg, a leader in the advocacy space oversees strategy and execution, with particular emphasis on public affairs and public relations. “Citadel Communications will be a nonpartisan operation, continuing to deliver the same client-centric successful projects for which we have become known,” said Mike DeVanney, one of ColdSpark’s two founding partners.


Kite Hill PR selects creative AI company Crant as the winner of its third "Tech For Good” program, which offers purpose-driven, pro-social technology companies a custom, three-month, PR program at no cost. Based in Miami, Crant is a certified minority-owned startup that leverages the power of AI to enhance brand marketing efficiency and help brands foster positive impact among consumers, stakeholders and employees. Crant has also developed a DEI Index, which uses AI to track and measure companies’ DEI efforts and materially improve their progress on DEI overall. Kite Hill has also expanded “Tech for Good” into a core practice area to support companies that are BIPOC/woman/LGBTQIA+ led or owned and have closed a seed or series A round on an ongoing basis. “We believe that companies under the umbrella of 'Tech for Good' have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact,” said Kite Hill CEO and founder Tiffany Guarnaccia.


The 2024 IPR Bridge Conference is scheduled for April 10-14 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The conference provides an opportunity for academics to learn from senior-level executives while having an opportunity to present their research at a peer-reviewed conference and allowing mid-to-senior-level executives to learn about the latest in public relations and communications research. In addition to presentations on such subjects as elevating the employee experience, owning your own narrative in the midst of an election year and AI in academia, the conference will lets attendees network and interact with top leaders in both the PR industry and the academy in an intimate setting.