About Our Firm

2011HWDSlogoonly2Since 1991, HWDS and Associates, Inc., has created publications for print and online and event promotions for a wide array of government agencies, municipalities and large institutional clients. These include the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro); the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink); the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA); the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC); Norwalk Transit; the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Montgomery County Commuter Services (Maryland, VA); the cities of Santa Monica, Lancaster and Santa Clarita; the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project (Maryland); Cherriots Rideshare (Salem, OR); Long Beach Transit; and the Bringing Back Broadway project for the City of Los Angeles. Our corporate accounts include Kaiser Permanente, Time Warner CableSince 1991, HWDS & Associates, Inc., has created publications for print and online and event promotions for a wide array of government agencies, municipalities and large institutional clients. These include the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro); the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink); the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA); the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC); Norwalk Transit; the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Montgomery County Commuter Services (Maryland, VA); the cities of Santa Monica, Lancaster and Santa Clarita; the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project (Maryland); Cherriots Rideshare (Salem, OR); Long Beach Transit; and the Bringing Back Broadway project for the City of Los Angeles. Our corporate accounts include Kaiser Permanente, Time Warner Cable and Pathways Strategic Communications.

This blog is written, by our president and creative director, Harlan West. Mr. West is a 25-year communications professional with extensive experience in developing corporate communications, marketing materials and public service campaigns. He has developed materials for non-profits including the American Cancer Society, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Champion Fund and Women and Words. In addition, he has worked extensively for public service clients including various Southern California government agencies and municipalities where he developed campaigns and promotions for ridesharing, health care, clean air, recycling, solid waste disposal, public transit, teen literacy, affordable housing and the Fireman’s Spark of Love Toy Drive (Metrolink Holiday Toy Express®). In addition, he holds dual bachelors degrees in communication design and political science with a public administration emphasis and has done post-graduate work in marketing. His many years of experience have given him a wealth of knowledge in the area of corporate communications. Profile

Our experience creating high-end corporate newsletters is long and vast.  Indeed, we have been designing CommuteSmart News, a monthly rideshare newsletter since its inception as Crossroads in 1990. Crossroads was morphed into CommuteSmart News in 2005. This makes it the longest running rideshare newsletter in the nation and possibly the world! Previous issues of CommuteSmart News can be seen on the CommuteSmart.info website. This publication is funded by four local Southern California Transportation Commissions: the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC).

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