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Just as the
Industry is going
digital, so is ISA

We want our communications channels to continue to reach you where you are and to reach increasingly wider audiences.

The ISA Progress Report 2017 went digital to connect you more effectively with the resources you seek to build your business.

If you’ve
Taken in new ideas and
taken home new business

20,000+
Minds Blown

ISA International Sign Expo 2017 pushed the limits of innovation in wide-format printing, digital signage, LEDs, software, substrates and so much more.

590
Exhibitors

209,670 net sq ft

56%
More People

expanded their skills with the top-rated education classes at ISA Sign Expo 2017 than the previous year.

We were blown away by all the new technology and products we saw at ISA Sign Expo. WE WILL BE BACK!
Debbie Tafoya-Hermosillo, Fluorescent Signs, Inc.

In the last couple of years we bought a new router, a new acubend, a new printer, and trucks, so we have been growing quickly. We just expanded here into Las Vegas, so this gives a great opportunity to find new equipment and meet the vendors here.
Randy George, Allied Electric Sign and Awning

I am really pleased in what I found for the education, and every time I come I learn something different. I find something different to see. I reconnect with the people that I know and meet new people.
Betsy Swan, Allen Industries, Inc.

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If you’ve
Improved a sign ordinance
and improved a community

EMC hold time decreased from 5 minutes to 3 seconds
Allowable sign area for freeway EMCs increased from 50% to 75%
Revised sign code to incorporate changes from Reed v. Town of Gilbert
Allowed EMCs for first time
ISA’s EMC brightness standards adopted and hold time decreased
Wall sign size increased
Revised sign code to incorporate changes from Reed v. Town of Gilbert; increased sizes for monument and wall signs; EMC hold time decreased from 24 hours to 8 seconds; ISA’s EMC brightness standards adopted
Revised sign code to incorporate changes from Reed v. Town of Gilbert; increased allowable EMC sign area, EMC brightness standards adopted
Reduced EMC hold time from 1 hour to 1 minute
EMC brightness standards adopted, moved from proposed 8-second hold time to allowing scrolling
Revised sign ordinance to allow recreation and moving of vintage signs to brand the community and maintain its unique heritage
New wayfinding signs and sidewalk design standards
…and even more communities impacted throughout the United States and Canada!
Communities throughout the United States and Canada worked with ISA’s experts to improve their sign codes in 2017, including:
Tampa, FL
Gilbert, AZ
Racine, WI
Chico, CA
Baton Rouge, LA
Tupelo, MS
Wildwood, FL
St. John Parish, LA
Tucson, AZ
Newton, KS
Salt Lake City, UT
Alexandria, VA

Contact [email protected] for complimentary expert guidance through sign code challenges.


Champion of Sign Codes
Alex Perry, CEO of Right Way Signs, was honored as the first ISA “Sign Code Champion” for his efforts to improve the sign code permitting process in Chicago.

Restrictive sign codes hurt your business!

$120,000

lost in sales
per year
for a single company

$600,000,000

lost in sales
per year
for the industry

That's why, since 2011,

ISA Advocacy has advised nearly 4,000 planners and local officials from over 3,000 communities about developing reasonable and beneficial sign codes.

Get complimentary sign code expertise and save your business thousands of dollars at signs.org/signcodehelp!

Planners &
local officials

learned how to develop reasonable and beneficial sign regulations through ISA's webinars, seminars and Planning for Sign Code Success workshops in 2017.

Show your local officials about the latest legal, technical and policy developments regarding sign regulation at signs.org/local.

Jonathan Bush

"One of the most important things that I’ve learned is the future of how signs will impact us. I truly believe that cities help define who we are, and I truly believe that signs are a big part of how that happens."

Matt Shad

"Our city manager has taken an initiative to make our work more business-friendly in the permitting processes, and signage is one of the key problems we deal with every day with the small business owners: understanding the sign regulations, the codes, the manufacturers, etc. The reason we took this as an opportunity is because we’ve seen cutting edge research while we’re here. We get to integrate and work together in a multi-faceted, collaborative environment with all the people in the industry, the designers, the manufacturers and the regulators."

These efforts
wouldn’t be
successful without
research from

If you’ve
Raised business benchmarks
and raised your credibility

#1 MVP of the Industry: You!

800+
Downloads of
Research Reports

Download Reports

110%

More webinar
participants

More industry professionals than ever before gained key insights from ISA webinars in 2017. Topics ranged from overcoming burdensome regulations to social media and marketing.

Did you miss an
interesting webinar?
Catch up on 2017 recorded webinars here

58

in-demand
on-demand
classes

128% more
companies and individuals used online learning courses to train and retain new and current employees.

ISA online learning courses are available 24/7 on installation, project management and general education.

If you’ve
Found a great employee and found
training specific to the industry

39% more
companies in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry posted open jobs and hired new employees.

8,000+
Connections with Educators

Promotions about the great careers available in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry reached students through the Association of Career and Technical Educators (ACTE) and SkillsUSA.

3,700+
students

The fifth year of Sign Manufacturing Day was the largest ever for both the number of companies and the number of students participating throughout the United States and Canada. As a direct result of Sign Manufacturing Day, sign, graphics and visual communications companies have:

Hired
new
employees
Accepted
interns
Created
co-op
programs
Forged
stronger
relationships
with schools
35%

74% of students would consider a career in manufacturing after the tour, compared to only 35% prior to Sign Manufacturing Day.

This is a really cool job, and it kind of interests me.
I like how everyone here acts like family.
Sign Manufacturing Day 2017 participant

At first I had no idea what I was planning on seeing. Being here made me realize there are actual people making these signs, not just machines. It caught my interest.
Sign Manufacturing Day 2017 participant

Host a company tour on Sign Manufacturing Day on October 5, 2018

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If you’ve
Joined ISA and joined
a community

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34 young professionals were recognized as ISA Elite, the talented young professionals who represent the next generation of sign, graphics and visual communications industry leaders.

Connections at your fingertips

Professionals in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry stay up-to-date and connected on all that the industry has to share through:

Weekly e-newsletter, Industry Tracker

ISA’s revamped website, signs.org

Connections at your fingertips

Professionals in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry stay up-to-date and connected on all that the industry has to share through:

Weekly e-newsletter, Industry Tracker

ISA’s revamped website, signs.org



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