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.