GRC Attends National League of Cities City Summit in Pittsburgh
November 21, 2016 •
The Graffiti Resource Council (GRC) attended the National League of Cities (NLC) 2016 City Summit Nov. 16-18 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The NLC conference is the largest gathering of local elected officials and staff in the country, and is designed to offer educational and networking opportunities to increase the effectiveness of local leaders. Over 4,000 officials attended this year’s summit along with dozens of exhibitors, entertainers and sponsors.
The conference included a keynote address from CNN reporter Candy Crowley, and included sessions about various issues that cities face, including public safety, economic development, education, environment and social justice. This is the third time GRC has attended at the NLC City Summit. A majority of anti-graffiti policies and programs are formed by city and local governments, making the NLC an ideal venue for the GRC to meet policy makers. The GRC had the unique opportunity to speak with dozens of mayors, city councilmembers and staff about its mission and services it can offer cities facing graffiti vandalism.
GRC is a nonprofit corporation whose primary goal is to prevent graffiti vandalism and provide creative solutions that promote graffiti-free communities. GRC provides information, education, and legislative assistance to help communities develop effective policies and comprehensive programs that prevent graffiti vandalism. To fulfill its purpose, the council conducts research; gathers and evaluates information; develops comprehensive strategies, policies, and programs; and provides implementation assistance designed to eliminate graffiti vandalism and promote positive, innovative anti-graffiti strategies for communities. GRC is funded by the aerosol coatings industry concerned about the negative impact of graffiti vandalism on America’s communities.
GRC has been active in its advocacy and providing assistance and guidance to cities faced with graffiti vandalism, and the NLC conference is part of the Council’s outreach effort to cities. Earlier this year, the GRC attended the 84th Annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) as well as the USCM Winter Meeting as Business Council Members, where staff got to meet with numerous mayors to discuss its programs. Notably, GRC also was a key sponsor for the Latino Leaders Network Tribute to Mayors reception, which honored Mayors Buddy Dyer and Ken Miyagishima. This award is presented to mayors who demonstrate outstanding commitment to addressing the needs of the Latino Community.
GRC is currently in contact with a number of other cities to work on creative solutions to their graffiti issues. For more information on GRC, visit www.anti-graffiti.org.