Richmond has been getting a lot of national attention and recognition over the past several years. Between our innovative and growing restaurant and brewery scene, our fine institutions of higher education, and the economic and community development initiatives we’ve seen across the city, Richmond has been at the center of much of Virginia’s progress. Next month, Richmond and our great commonwealth will again be at the center of an important initiative – the International Code Council (ICC) Annual Conference.

From Oct. 21 to 29, some of the world’s leading building design professionals, local government officials, contractors, engineers, fire protection personnel and construction professionals will descend on Richmond for seminars, speakers, and education about the latest products, services, and trends in building safety and design. For those several days, Richmond will be at the center of an international dialogue about how the public and private sector can promote sustainable, resilient, and safe structures and community.

What makes this event so important is that it marks an important step in a process that impacts virtually every business, resident, and local and state policy maker in the commonwealth – the development of the 2021 International Codes (I-Codes). Developed by the ICC, I-Codes are a set of modern codes that are used in the design and construction of structures to ensure minimum safeguards for occupants and our first responders – these codes are used in all 50 U.S. states and various countries throughout the world, and also serve as a foundation for Virginia’s code.

As mentioned, the ICC annual convention and the public comment hearings will bring some of the brightest minds from around the world to our city, which is appropriate, because the topics that they will be discussing impact affordable housing, redevelopment and revitalization, and economic and community development in virtually every community across the globe. These codes are the foundation of our community and in October, Richmond will be at the center of rigorous discussions between the public, nonprofit, and private sectors on the future of this important document. We hope that everyone will consider attending one of the public comment hearings or educational seminars.

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