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About Keith West
Keith F. West is a writer, analyst and corporate communications consultant based in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He is an accomplished PR and media professional with more than 20 years experience in developing and implementing public outreach campaigns for corporations, governmental and non-profit organizations.
Mr. West is a contract writer with more than 1,000 magazine and newspaper articles published, in addition to numerous awards and grant applications. He specializes in economic development, urban development, urban revitalization, political campaign consulting, technology industries, financial services, visual arts and national consumer products. He has been a contributing editor to numerous regional and national publications.
Prior high-profile campaigns have included sponsored projects for IBM, Praxis3 Architects, Coca Cola Merchandising, and the American Red Cross. Mr. West’s clients have been featured in national publications like Urban Land, Metropolis, Newsweek, Architectural Record, Natural Home & Garden, and The New York Times.
Ongoing consulting projects include the City of North Charleston’s Oak Terrace Preserve green residential neighborhood, widely hailed as one of the nation’s leading sustainable developments. Mr. West was author of the City’s winning entry for the Washington, DC-based National League of Cities Award for Municipal Excellence in 2010. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a B.A. in Mass Communications, and minors in International Studies and Business Administration.