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National Grant Helps Dodge City Launch Graffiti Educationworkers covering graffiti
In 2009, Keep Dodge City Beautiful received a $10,000 Waste Management community improvement grant through Keep America Beautiful to develop an education campaign designed to reduce graffiti and litter.

Grant funds will be specifically targeted at supporting a graffiti prevention media campaign, which is currently under development. The public education campaign, in both English and Spanish, will include radio spots, news features, and community resources to help Dodge City residents work together to prevent graffiti vandalism and litter. .

“A major part of the plan is shared responsibility for graffiti abatement and prevention,” says Deb Rodda, Executive Director, Keep Dodge City Beautiful. “The city cannot solve this problem alone. The community needs to work together on the issue.”

As part of the campaign, KDCB will enlist the assistance of local media outlets, the Neighborhood Watch Program, the Dodge City Police Department, and Dodge City Public Schools. City inspectors will also educate property owners about preventing graffiti, removing it when it does occur and reporting it to the authorities.

"Graffiti is everyone's problem. It doesn't matter where it is within our community,” says Vicki Williams, City Code Inspector. “It's all our responsibility to find a way to either eradicate it, prevent it, whatever the steps are. We need to stay ahead of it."

One of KDCB’s first activities was to gather partners and form the Dodge City Graffiti Task Force. Together they developed a comprehensive plan to address graffiti vandalism, including prevention and education, development of an anti-graffiti ordinance, partnering with law enforcement, and rapid removal.

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