The USSCF Blog

The USSC Foundation is committed to performing on-premise sign research, providing educational resources and staying on the forefront of sign legislation, zoning, electrical codes and land-use planning.  The Sign Exchange, an annual convention produced by the Foundation, brings the sign industry together for business improvement opportunities.  Our blog delivers the latest on each of these topics and more.

USSCF Attends APA National Conference

By USSCF | May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The USSC Foundation attended the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Conference in April 2018, held in New Orleans LA.  This annual event has been extremely successful for the Foundation in the past and has provided a unique opportunity for the Foundation to distribute the results of its sign research projects to planners on behalf of…

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Sign Lighting Guidelines for Static and Electronic Signs

By USSCF | Apr 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sign Lighting Guidelines for Static and Electronic Signs

Trying to figure out how to comply with a local sign lighting Code? As a planner, have you been asked to incorporate regulations for sign lighting in a local zoning code? The USSC Foundation has the answers. The USSC Foundation published “A Guide to National Sign Illumination Standards” in April 2017.  The report is based…

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2020 National Electric Code – First round of proposed changes in Article 600

By USSCF | Mar 26, 2018 | Comments Off on 2020 National Electric Code – First round of proposed changes in Article 600

Code Panel 18 is responsible for Articles 406, 410, 411, 600, and 605. There were 176 public inputs proposed to Code Panel 18 with 30 being directed to Article 600 resulting in 17 First Revisions.  I had the distinct pleasure of being asked to Chair a task group to review and propose recommendations for Article…

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USSC Merges with USSC Foundation

By USSCF | Mar 15, 2018 | Comments Off on USSC Merges with USSC Foundation

The Board of Directors of the United States Sign Council (USSC) voted unanimously to merge the USSC and all of its assets into the USSC Foundation. Starting January 1, 2018, the USSC will cease operations, and the USSC Foundation will assume all functions and activities associated with the past organization. The USSC Foundation has been…

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Mini-Case Study: Good Sign Design and Sign Area

By USSCF | Jan 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Mini-Case Study: Good Sign Design and Sign Area

The USSC Foundation recently received a member inquiry concerning a proposed new sign in the state of Montana. The Foundation frequently helps supporting members with questions about signs and zoning as a primary member benefit of being a part of the Foundation.   The question from Montana: “What exactly is the definition of sign area and…

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Traffic Safety

By USSCF | Jan 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Traffic Safety

What keeps sign shop owners awake at night? Near the top of the list is the arduous task of navigating complex municipality codes. It can be a major obstacle to getting effective signs for their customers.   Codes are often poorly written or do not address the realities of proper on-premise signage. The Model Code…

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