On May 20, 2019, Chicago's citizens elected Lori Lightfoot. Mayor Lightfoot has already taken an important step towards improving sign codes by signing Executive Order 2019-2, which aims to eliminate aldermanic prerogative. The goal of this Executive Order is not to remove aldermanic input on issues like signs, but to put an end to an alderman's ability to unilaterally approve, affirm, block, or veto a departmental decision on administrative items.
Looking to recruit the best employees? More than half of companies in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry have difficulty in finding qualified workers to hire. ISA has solutions to help you find skilled employees to fill this gap.
Visual communications are an important link in the relationship between brands and customers, and print providers have a role to play. That's the reason behind a new ISA white paper, Navigating the Visual Communication Space: A How-To Guide.
Trade policy is back in the news. The Trump administration recently added a 25% tariff to many Chinese products and removed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico and Canada. If your business is being adversely affected by these tariffs, we'd like your feedback.
As of February 2019, OSHA requires employers to evaluate the competency of crane operators and their ability to work safely. ISA has released a new resource for ISA members, the Mobile Crane Operator Evaluation Form, that is designed to assist you with this obligation.
Over 300 planners attended ISA's two education sessions at the annual planning conference, including a "Planning for Sign Code Success"-meets-TED Talk workshop and a panel presentation on "Regulating Historic Signs." The sessions featured planners, sign manufacturers, attorneys, and historic preservationists, and were moderated by James Carpentier, ISA's Director of State and Local Government Affairs.
ISA International Sign Expo® 2019 dealt a winning hand in Las Vegas, closing with an attendance of 20,600, surpassing the 2017 event. But the event was about more than numbers, as it provided business-building ideas and products to help sign, graphics, print and visual communications companies deliver innovative and exciting projects. The 235,000-sq.-ft. tradeshow floor marked the first time to see many new products, ranging from new printers to new software.