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Piper Communications is a results-driven firm specializing in clean energy and technology.


Piper specializes in clean energy and technology communications. We are based in Tennessee and serve clients throughout the globe.

Case Studies


  • “Piper Communications team’s level of expertise in communication strategies is an asset to Three Roots Capital. They have invested time and energy in understanding Three Roots Capital’s mission to address the chronic need for more investment capital in the greater East Tennessee region. We have been pleased with Cortney and her team’s work and results-driven attitude to help us succeed.”

    — Grady Vanderhoofven, Three Roots Capital Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

  • “I have worked for nearly a decade with Cortney Piper and her team at Piper Communications. We collaborated on examining the feasibility of launching a membership organization that became known as the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council, and I served as the inaugural President. We have worked closely since 2013 on the “Innov865 Alliance” that is focused on the Knoxville-Oak Ridge start-up community. In all of these and other endeavors, I have been most impressed with her intellect, hard work, professionalism, and commitment to excellence.”

    — Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, PC (PYA), Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council Board Member and Innov865 Alliance Member

  • “I’ve known Cortney Piper and worked with Piper Communications for nearly a decade. As I’ve worked with a range of national trade associations from energy to fintech and now foodservice distribution, I’ve kept engaging Piper because of their responsiveness, attention to detail and ability to juggle complicated projects. Piper has the horsepower to handle messaging campaigns yet is nimble enough to manage rapid responses to breaking news. It’s the kind of organization that has helped me across my career as a marketing and communications professional.”

    — Meghan Cieslak, Director, Marketing & Communications, International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)

  • “Working with Piper Communications has been a pleasant surprise. They are highly proactive, full of new ideas, and juggle many on-going projects for us with ease. Cortney and her team are like an extension of our own, and we can always count on them to understand our objectives and drive results.”

    — Jussi Heikkinen, Director, Growth & Development, Americas Wärtsilä Energy Business

  • “As the University of Tennessee and its partners continue to drive energy innovation, outreach, and workforce development, I commend the leadership role that Piper Communications has filled in supporting clean energy and the advanced energy business community in Tennessee. Cortney and her team worked for almost three years to help the SPECTRUM solar museum serve almost 35,000 visitors, host well-attended community events, and provide very helpful lessons learned that we will be able to apply at the West Tennessee Solar Farm Welcome and Information Center. We will build off of all these experiences as we prepare for the future of SPECTRUM.”

    — John Hopkins, former Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation CEO and former project manager at UT’s TN-SCORE.

  • “Piper Communications offers an expertise and commitment to innovation, emerging technologies and making strategic connections. An example of this is Cortney’s leadership of the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council. Her ability to absorb the importance of advanced energy to our state’s economy and connect the industry to assets and resources that help it grow, has resulted in a more connected and visible sector of our economy.”

    — Matt Kisber, Silicon Ranch Chairman and Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council Board Member


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