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Strategic Code Enforcement Management Academy, or SCEMA, exists to inform and inspire communities to create lasting change.


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Thank you to all the cities who participated in SCEMA 2021: Memphis, TN, St. Louis, MO, Dallas, TX, Rockford, IL, White Plains, NY, Syracuse, NY, Providence, RI, Baltimore, MD and Toledo, OH!


Where is SCEMA making a difference?

  • Memphis, TN

  • Nashville, TN

  • Chattanooga, TN

  • Little Rock, AR

  • Syracuse, NY

  • Providence, RI

  • Wyandotte County, KS

  • Kansas City, KS

  • Toledo, OH

  • Cincinnati, OH

  • Rockford, IL

  • Union City, TN

  • Covington, TN

  • Pittsburgh, PA

  • St. Louis, MO

  • Birmingham, AL

  • St. Albans, WV

  • Nitro, WV

  • Dallas, TX

  • White Plains, NY

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    Upcoming Events

    SCEMA 2021 is set for June 24-25: Strategic Code Enforcement Management Academy, or SCEMA, exists to inform and inspire communities to create lasting change.

    Our fifth annual, two-day team building workshop for local government managers, attorneys and their community partners focuses on the core principles and practices of strategic code enforcement tailored to the priorities and challenges confronting each teams’ community. Strategic code enforcement is a cross-agency, data driven approach that leverages multiple partnerships to ensure compliance and enforcement actions are effective, efficient and equitable.

    Set for June 24-25 via Zoom, SCEMA is $200 per person with Group Discounts Available. For more info, email 

    What are people saying?

     Dennis Kennedy
     Toledo, Ohio

    When you live and breathe blight and vacancy every day in your professional life, you can quickly find yourself living in a vacuum, where the approach for this work can be met with the same routines.  What I found the most useful about SCEMA, was the introduction to subject matter experts on all things related to not only enforcing the code, but the genesis of why chronic nuisance issues exist in our communities.  The SCEMA staff has a true passion for this work, and you can feel that energy translate through course offerings and the lecture series.

    There are not one-thousand new innovative ways to ‘do’ code enforcement, yet, SCEMA has found a path to create a network of professionals whose main focus is the support and outreach of folks doing this great work in sister cities.  Everyone is very passionate about improving quality of life for residents in our communities, and the SCEMA staff hits the target on providing useful and valuable tools and strategies for tangible outcomes.  It is for all of these reasons and many more than I could even list, I highly recommend finding yourself at the SCEMA annual conference.

    Kathy Dillon
    City Manager,
    City of Union City Tennessee

    The Union City team was fascinated by the amount of knowledge and accomplishments in one place at one time. We learned much of what we are doing right and where we need to improve or change.  We are looking forward to this conference and networking next year.

    Matt Moak
    Executive Director,
    Community Development Administration,
    City of St. Louis

    There is something about working on City vacancy that affects you. It gets under your skin. I believe it has to be a part of you for you to want to work to achieve success addressing it.  It is not for everyone. The participants and instructors at the Memphis SCEMA conference had this in common.  To hear each of them present, question, offer insights and guidance with enthusiasm and determination was inspring and stirring.  It was real to connect with other urban cities in this way.  This type of work can make one feel quite alone.  Memphis brought us “loners” together. An incredible conference. Practical and intellectual, thought provoking, interactive while consistently positive and hopeful. The great cities preserve but also have to rebuild.  I felt the ability to do this at SCEMA.  Thank you.

    Dana M. Malkus
    Associate Dean for Experiential Education,
    Associate Clinical Professor,
    Supervisor, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
    Saint Louis University School of Law

    SCEMA’s team-based approach and commitment to meeting workshop participants where they are was exactly what our team needed.  We came away with deeper relationships, a renewed sense of purpose, new perspectives, and some concrete ideas for action.

    Who makes this possible?