Safeguard Shares Industry Message at ICC
International Code Council (ICC) conference
September 29 – October 2, 2013
Atlantic City, NJ
The community initiatives department kicked off the month of October by joining hundreds of code enforcement and building officials in Atlantic City for the annual International Code Council (ICC) conference. Countless code enforcement professionals from all regions of the nation convened for the opportunity to sharpen their skill sets during four days of solid educational coursework.
Safeguard Properties recognizes the benefits of partnerships between the industry and cities to preserve vacant properties and maintain the integrity of neighborhoods. Communication is essential in establishing and nurturing these relationships with Safeguard at the helm to facilitate these efforts.
As many jurisdictions across the country adopt the maintenance and code requirements set forth by the ICC, Safeguard was on hand to discuss the industry’s ongoing pursuit to comply with locally adopted regulations through the implementation of best practices. Michael Halpern, director of community initiatives, and Heather Lazar, community relations liaison, informed code enforcement officers and inspectors of the progressive actions being taken by the industry to preserve properties.
Halpern and Lazar also promoted Compliance Connections®, a no-cost, viable tool that was created by the industry to ease the many frustrations and blight caused by vacant properties. Compliance Connections® allows code enforcement officers to enter a property address, quickly identify the lien holder, communicate their maintenance concerns, and expedite resolution. The system, currently being used by 990 cities across the country, is providing efficiency to building and housing departments and saving jurisdictions valuable resources.
Safeguard congratulates Laura Rouse-DeVore, president of the Illinois Association of Code Enforcement, for receiving the 2013 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award. Rouse-DeVore is the first woman to receive this prestigious honor for her dedication to community.
Safeguard applauds the ICC on its 10th anniversary and its support of communities and the code enforcement profession. The community initiatives department looks forward to working with ICC’s members and continuing the communication to effectively meet our common goals.
Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S. Founded in 1990 by Robert Klein and based in Valley View, Ohio, the company inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, lenders, and other financial institutions. Safeguard employs approximately 1,700 people, in addition to a network of thousands of contractors nationally. Website: www.safeguardproperties.com.