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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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COVID-19 and The Importance of Turning Fixed Costs into Variable Costs

August 12, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has led to a cascade of difficult financial decisions. As tax and other revenues dropped off a cliff due to business closures, mass furloughs, and layoffs, state and local governments have likewise had to juggle budget shortfalls, employee furloughs, and meeting the ongoing needs of their communities. Fortunately, there is … Continued

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Community Leaders: Are you prepared for a second wave of COVID-19?

August 6, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

This pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon. In early June, the U.S. began to see a rise in new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus after weeks 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 … Continued

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Who Is Your Local Inspection Partner? SAFEbuilt.

July 28, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

In today’s building and development environment, the importance of working with consultative inspection experts who fully understand your local regulations and are committed to helping you meet them in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner, cannot be overstated. Partnering with a leading provider, like SAFEbuilt, can help you realize benefits far beyond the inspections themselves. … Continued

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In-The-Field Permitting Capabilities Help Regain Normalcy

July 23, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

Natural disasters can strike at any time. Right now, many communities are gearing up for what is predicted to be an abnormally busy tornado and hurricane seasons. Fortunately, there are steps we can take after such a disaster to positively impact rebuilding efforts for homeowners, business owners, and municipalities as a whole. The most impactful, … Continued

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How SAFEbuilt Plans for Trends That Impact Building Department Revenue Streams

July 16, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

While no one can predict the future with absolute certainty, it helps to get a handle on current and emerging trends before making decisions about your building department’s budget. This means paying extra attention to relevant activities and patterns in your community, region, and across the country. You’ll also want to consider your community’s specific … Continued

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Planning Your Operational Needs During Reopening

July 16, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

Throughout the nation, stay-at-home orders are lifting, while at the same time, many communities are enjoying consistently warm weather. This means the typical busy season for construction could be atypically demanding. Consider how to best accommodate the influx of work, ensure continued safety, and maintain project timelines. Planning for fluctuations in building activities is already … Continued

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How to Fix Your Building Department’s Plan Review Process

June 15, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

Whether you are a municipal leader or a building official, you may be familiar with the frustrations that go along with building plan review delays. Construction booms can bring an onslaught of permit applications that your staff might not be equipped to handle. Yet the thought of hiring more reviewers during these peak times, only … Continued

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How to Reduce Project Delays During COVID-19

May 27, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

While COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on our lives, businesses, and communities, there are some actions you can take to help maintain day-to-day operations with as few disruptions as possible. Most of them, naturally, are centered around digital solutions. Even in the current remote-working environment, there’s a way to avoid growing project backlogs. For … Continued

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