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Historic Sign Symposium


April 26, 2004

Ketchikan, AK - A well-crafted sign can not only help promote a business, it can also help preserve the historic nature of a community. That will be message this week to members of the community.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Department and Historic Ketchikan Inc. are sponsoring a series of meetings and workshops featuring Oregon-based signage expert Glen Marcusen. Marcusen has 16 years experience in designing directional, exhibit and enterpretive signage for a variety of clients including Nike, Washington State Parks, the

"As a community we need to do a better job of managing the flow of visitors in the downtown in the summer."...
Dave Kiffer, Historic Ketchikan
Portland International Airport, the Portland Trailblazers and others.

On Monday night, residents can meet and greet Marcusen at Annabelle's Restaurant in the Gilmore Hotel - a National Register of Historic Places site - from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Anyone interested in arranging for a private hour-long signage consultation can make arrangements then, or contact Dave Taylor at 228-6610 in advance.

The private consulations will take place Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8 to 11 am in the borough planning department offices. Tuesday at 6 pm, Marcusen will make a presentation to the Borough Planning Commission. On Wednesday, he will make another presentation to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce at noon at the Dockside Diner.

In addition to working with local properties owners, Marcusen will also being talking about signage with government officials and will assess community directional signage needs in the downtown and elsewhere.

"As a community we need to do a better job of managing the flow of visitors in the downtown in the summer," Historic Ketchikan's Dave Kiffer said. "If the directional signage isn't clear we get traffic bottlenecks and with our narrow sidewalks and roads that can be more than just inconvenient, it can be dangerous."

Kiffer said that information developed by Marcusen can be part of the city's uplands development plans and part of the Borough Downtown Development plan. It will also be used when the borough looks at updating the local signage ordinances later this year.

For more information about the Historic Sign Symposium, contact:

David Taylor at 228-6610 or
Dave Kiffer at 225-5515



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