Creating change and inspiring growth.

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


What should you expect?

Strategic code compliance and enforcement is a community-based model that is essential for helping neighborhoods recover and sustain their quality of life. Embedded in the state and local policy power to protect public health, safety and security, such an approach requires the cooperation and coordination of the local public and public interest institutions and agencies whose decisions and actions are guided by sharing data and knowledge.


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

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    Upcoming Events

    Lecture Series: A Conversation with Dennis Kennedy and Stephanie Beebe

    Join us for a conversation on Improving Community Health and Rental Housing Quality – Insights from City of Toledo’s Lead Safe Initiative. Stick around after the lecture for a Q & A session.

    Friday, October 30th at 11:30am CST / 12:30pm EST

    What are people saying?

    Tiberius Laughlin
    Kansas City, Kansas

    Kansas City, Kansas showed up to SCEMA feeling like we have a pretty good grasp of blight and vacancy issues. We are in year 3 of our 5 year SOAR project. SCEMA provided our team a wonderful sense of validation for the strides we have made! It also showed us how far we have left to go to bring our legal processes into line with our other progress in the SOAR war on blight and vacancy. The contacts we made among the faculty, the guest and from other cities energized our commitment to continue fighting to bring our community what it needs and what it deserves! SCEMA left us feeling proud to be a member of a growing family of communities struggling and winning many of the same fights we have here in Kansas. We are not alone in the dark! SCEMA introduced us to tools he have not explored yet. We are not at the end of our journey and out of ideas! We are on an ever more crowded road with colleagues who face the same hurdles.

    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?