Raising the Profile, Filling the Gaps: Report from a Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Code Officials
This report, released by the International Code Council (ICC), summarizes the findings of a Town Hall Meeting held during the 2014 ICC Annual Conference. The ICC engaged the Institute to conduct a nationwide survey of building code compliance professionals. The results of this first-of-its-kind demographic survey of code professionals confirmed the growing concern within the building industry about a pending retirement exodus. Eighty percent of the existing code professional workforce is expected to retire in the next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to do so within five years. ICC and the Institute hosted the Town Hall Meeting, inviting code professionals and other interested industry professionals to discuss the actions necessary to address this impending crisis. This report highlights current efforts undertaken by some code departments and professionals to “raise the profile” by participating in community events, serving on high school and community college advisory boards, and supporting internships, ride-alongs and mentoring opportunities.
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