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Process Improvement

4 Lessons COVID-19 Reminds us About Building Department Cost-Effectiveness

April 16, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

It’s no secret that the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has wreaked havoc on your annual budget. Municipalities and Building Departments across the country aren’t unaffected by the recent economics, either.   However, in times like these it remains paramount to focus on what must go into creating and managing effective budgets. Fortunately, there are proven … Continued
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Innovation

Helpful Resources for Mayors and Elected Officials During COVID-19

September 15, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

Recently in an open letter to the mayors of America, we discussed the importance of Building Department productivity, and the benefits of robust virtual service delivery. However, there are many helpful resources to aid municipalities and their leaders during this unprecedented time in our lives, and to help safely navigate the path forward. In an … Continued

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Innovation

Construction & Development Leaders: Are you prepared for a COVID-19 surge?

September 11, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

This pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon. Recently, the U.S. began to see a rise in new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus after a period of decline. National leaders and experts may disagree if this rise is indicative of a second wave, or a continuation of the first, but they agree that we will … Continued

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Innovation

An Open Letter to Mayors of America

September 3, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

It’s easy to think that implementing virtual services will be a complex and lengthy process and will ultimately cost your municipality more money. However, municipalities across the country are, and have been, utilizing virtual systems to their benefit. Centennial, Colorado for years has enjoyed streamlined processes and reduced costs through SAFEbuilt’s virtual service delivery system … Continued

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Process Improvement

Building Permits in the Age of COVID-19: Issuing Doesn’t Have to be an Issue

August 14, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly led to the exploration and implementation of alternative service delivery methods for municipal building departments across the country. While the utilization rates of many electronically based platforms for services like Electronic Plan Review (EPR) and Remote Virtual Remote Inspections (RVI) are rising, online platform adaption for permitting seems to be … Continued

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Industry Resources

Operations

How 3 Innovative Cities Make Budgets Easy

Implementing principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration around a government’s budget offers great return on investment.

Operations

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts Revitalize Communities in California

As a new tool, EIFDs are partly a learning experience as more local governments begin to establish them.

Planning

Top Six Reasons Your Community Should Have a Climate Adaptation Strategy

Is your local government ready to tackle the challenges that come with climate change?

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