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Process Improvement

Turning the ‘Silver Tsunami’ Into a Wave of Opportunity

September 9, 2021 | Amanda Gilliam

The United States’ rapidly retiring workforce, sometimes called the “silver tsunami,” has the potential to seriously disrupt building department and construction operations across the country. With about 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, severe internal staffing shortages could make permit and inspection activity unmanageable.  But using workforce challenges as a chance to reevaluate your … Continued
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Process Improvement

Turning the ‘Silver Tsunami’ Into a Wave of Opportunity

September 9, 2021 | Amanda Gilliam

The United States’ rapidly retiring workforce, sometimes called the “silver tsunami,” has the potential to seriously disrupt building department and construction operations across the country. With about 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, severe internal staffing shortages could make permit and inspection activity unmanageable.  But using workforce challenges as a chance to reevaluate your … Continued

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Innovation

6 Benefits of Addressing Growth Challenges With Auxiliary Staff

July 15, 2021 | Amanda Gilliam

By 2050, the United Nations estimates that 89% of the United States’ population will live in cities and urban areas.  When city growth is handled in a thoughtful way, urbanization offers a number of advantages to city residents, local economies, and even the environment: More job opportunities Economic diversification Increased tourism Improved public transportation systems … Continued

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Process Improvement

Safety and the Unseen Repercussions of the Backlogs in U.S. Cities Due to Closures From the Pandemic

September 30, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

Recently we covered the many possible solutions for building department backlogs in municipalities across the country. While the immediate focus has been on the most efficient service delivery options as a means to help reduce budgetary impacts and keep projects moving, the risks to community health and safety also rise when those backlogs linger. Even … Continued

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Process Improvement

Three Things Municipalities Can Implement in 30 days To Possibly Avoid Budget Cuts

September 28, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

Municipalities continue to struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 74% of municipalities in the United States have already started making unavoidable cuts and adjustments in response to the projected $360 billion revenue loss for cities over the next three years, according to cititsspeak.org. Within that same article, which is based on a survey of nearly … 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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