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2021 ICC Conference Highlights

The world has faced major challenges in the past year that have drastically impacted the ways in which we live and work. But the building safety industry has remained steadfast during these tough circumstances,” Sims remarked, “The obstacles we’ve faced this year have also confirmed the immense value of digitization. The investments our members have made to improve their virtual capabilities have helped to mitigate delays, keep the economy afloat and produce lasting reductions in operational costs.”


How 3 Innovative Cities Make Budgets Easy

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


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.


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?


Online Permits Give Citizens Efficiency They Expect

The business process of permitting is increasingly moving online, spurred on by demands from citizens who want governments to adopt some of the simplified online interactions now common in the business world


No, Zoning Reform Isn’t Magic. But It’s Crucial.

The finding of a new study—that upzoning didn’t quickly increase development in areas of Chicago—shouldn’t make zoning reform any less of a priority.

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NIBS releases report on existing buildings

Existing buildings can become a drag on communities and the economy if they no longer meet the needs of today’s society. Policymakers, building tenants and owners are placing increased emphasis on the performance of buildings, including sustainability, health and resilience. The existing building stock must be prepared to respond.

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Chicago takes next step to modernize its building code using the I-Codes

Under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's leadership, the city is planning to update its building code using the International Codes (I-Codes), currently used by all 50 U.S. states, the federal government and many other countries.

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New publication on resilience through the codes

The International Code Council and theAlliance for National and Community Resiliency (ANCR) released a new publication on resilience: Building Community Resilience through Modern Model Building Codes. This unique publication is an approachable compendium of information, graphics, photos and statistics related to community resilience and the building codes.

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