Herbert K. Sudfeld, Jr. is a colleague, mentor and friend who wrote this guest post:


If you are a builder in Pennsylvania, you will want to know that the Uniform Construction Code (“UCC”) Review and Advisory Council (“RAC”) voted not to adopt any of the 2012 International Code Council’s (“ICC”) Code revisions in Pennsylvania.


The ICC Codes, which get revised every three (3) years, are reviewed by the UCC RAC which makes recommendations to the PA. Dept. of Labor and Industry on the adoption of any revisions. Currently, PA Building Codes are based upon the 2009 ICC Codes and since no 2012 revisions were recommended, the 2009 ICC Code will continue to form the basis for the Pennsylvania Building Code and the building industry.


The RAC evaluates the changes looking at the public health, safety and welfare impact; the economic and financial impact; and the technical feasibility of the provisions. 


In addition to holding the line on any revisions, the RAC voted to send a recommendation to the Pennsylvania Legislature to further amend the UCC to extend the Code adoption cycle from every three (3) years to every six (6) years.

To All Women in Business - Be Inspired to Be a Role Model

I recently came across a very interesting article in the Harvard Business Review titled:  America's Next Top Engineer:  She Needs Your Role Models by Linda Kekelis.  The article discusses the importance of women in business acting as a role model for younger women in order to dispel stereotypes.  There is a specific focus in the article on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  I particularly like the statement:  "If we could only put the same level of resources into inspiring girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that we do into discovering America's Next Top Model...."  So true isn't it?  The article implores us -

"We have to go out of our way to provide such models because too few girls have made their way into technical fields in the past. We can't count on a girl's having a STEM role model already in the women she knows well—her mother, relatives, and neighbors. When a girl meets a woman succeeding in STEM, it expands the range of careers she considers as she imagines her own future."

The concept of the article can be applied in many industries.  I urge you to apply it to your own industry.  I have been inspired to be a role model - have you?


HUD Approves Loan Guarantee to City for Redevelopment Project

In a recent press release, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its approval of an $8.8 million Section 108 loan guarantee to the City of Durham for the Southside/Rolling Hills Neighborhood Redevelopment Project, which is located within a HUD-approved Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area.  The City Council approved funding for the project back in September 2011.  The project will consist of three phases of rental development and three phases of home ownership development.

HUD's Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program is part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  The Section 108 loan guarantee program provides communities with a source of financing for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and large-scale physical development projects.  It can be a useful tool in attracting private developers to distressed areas.  Under this program, there is risk to the local government, as it must pledge its current and future CDBG allocations as security for the loan. 

Do you have an economic development project worthy of pitching to a local government for funding under the Section 108 loan guarantee program?