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Dec. 1, 2020

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The International Code Council has presented its Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award to North Las Vegas Building Official and past SN-ICC President Valarie Evans.
The award is presented to an individual whose contributions advance the code enforcement profession and the Code Council's mission. The award is presented in honor of the founders of the three model code organizations: Albert H. Baum, M.L. Clement and Phil Roberts.   
She is also chairperson of the Chapter's Code Committee. 

Congratulations to Valarie Evans!

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SN-ICC members can maximize the effectiveness of their membership by joining a Chapter committee.

Committees include Code Development, Education, EduCode, Industry Advisory, Membership and Public Outreach, including the Scholarship Subcommittee.

To learn more about the committees, contact SN-ICC Executive Director Monica Caruso at [email protected] or sign up at the next Chapter meeting.

"Our volunteers are the heart of our association," said SN-ICC President James Gerren.  "Please help the Chapter meet its mission and goals by signing up at the next Chapter meeting to join one of our committees."

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Do you have a job opening for a building industry professional at your company or office?

Are you looking for qualified candidates in the industry? You can post your job openings on the SN-ICC website's Jobs page.

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Board of Directors
James Gerren, P.E., C.B.O.
Clark County
Arben Dema
City of Henderson
1st Vice President
Michael Cunningham, P.E.
City of Las Vegas
2nd Vice President 
Dana MacAllister, M.C.P., C.B.O.
Clark County

 Terry Kozlowski
 City of North Las Vegas
Immediate Past President 
Mohammad Jadid, P.E., C.B.O.
Bureau Veritas
 Amanda Moss
Southern NV Home
Builders Association
Alan R. Ellis, M.B.A., C.B.O.
EduCode Director
Monica Caruso
Executive Director 
The Chapter recently announced that the 2021 EduCode Conference and Expo will move forward, but with a new twist in light of the COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.  
The event is scheduled for March 1-5 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center. Registrants can choose to attend onsite, or they can select virtual classes via webinar option.
"This year, EduCode is proud to be able to provide both onsite and virtual training in an effort to reach all individuals if it's not convenient to travel to Las Vegas," said EduCode Director Alan Ellis. "This is a first for EduCode, but we listened to our partners, sponsors and attendees to ensure we always provide what is needed and best suits you, our customers.
"Whether attending in person or online, you can be assured your experience will be beneficial and rewarding. EduCode 2021 will offer a full week of training where you receive 4.0 CEUs of ICC Provider credits," Ellis said.
EduCode 2021 features highly specialized courses for code  professionals, including architectural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and structural, fire protection, code enforcement and leadership topics essential for building design, expanding  skills, and earning and maintaining certifications and other credentials.
COVID-19 restrictions and precautions will be observed at the onsite EduCode Conference and Expo. All attendees, instructors, exhibitors, staffers and volunteers will be required to wear a facial mask and observe social distancing. 
For questions and additional information about
Registration, contact EduCode Registrar Jessica
Franklin at [email protected] or 1-888-422-7233, Ext. 4333.  
For non-Registration questions and information, contact EduCode Director Alan Ellis at [email protected].  
The SN-ICC 2021 Installation and Awards Banquet is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, January 16 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center.   
Members and guests will have the option of attending the gala event in person, or opting for the virtual webinar version because of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions.  COVID-19 restrictions and precautions will be observed at the onsite Installation and Awards Banquet. All attendees will be required to wear a facial mask (when not eating) and observe social distancing.
The 2021 board of directors will be installed; 2020 President James Gerren will present several awards, including "Government Member of the Year" and the "Bill Laub Industry Associate Member of the Year."
Registration will open in mid-December. Please watch your email Inbox for the launch of reservations.    
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, the Chapter's Public Outreach Committee continues to move forward with the programs benefiting the community.
Special thanks must go to Committee Chairperson Christa Bilbrey of KB Home and members Michael Gentille of PCNA Consulting Group, David Goldstein of Geotek and Terry Kozlowski of the City of North Las Vegas for their outstanding efforts during this challenging period.  
Scholarship Program  
The Chapter awards $35,000 annually to local high school and college students for their studies at institutions of higher learning.  

The deadline to apply for an SN-ICC student scholarship is January 31. 
The Committee's Scholarship Sub-Committee completed revisions to the selection criteria, modifying the current criteria to engage students more closely to the goals, mission and programs of SN-ICC, while re-allocating the scoring criteria to more accurately reflect the engagement.  
Scholarship Judges Needed
Now that the 2021 SNICC college scholarship applications have gone "live" on the Public Education Foundation website (, the Scholarship Sub-Committee has begun the process of recruiting judges to help review the incoming applications.
No prior experience is necessary, but you must be a SN-ICC member in good standing to qualify.  The time commitment includes participation in a 15-minute orientation webinar (January), plus about 2-3 hours of reviewing electronic student applications (February).  
The Scholarship Sub-committee hopes to get a cross-section of judges from the public and private sectors, including plan reviewers, inspectors, architects, engineers, contractors and analysts.
Those who are interested in helping support the next generation of code professionals, please email the Scholarship Sub-Committee Chairperson Michael Gentille at [email protected].  Please include your contact information and current/past SNICC industry role. Retired SNICC members are strongly encouraged to participate.  
Workforce Development Program
The Committee is finalizing the list of vocational and training programs that are eligible for SN-ICC grants, and developing  the grant award criteria and application process with the Public Education Foundation. The goal is to launch the program in early January. The focus will be on the unemployed to get the proper training and certification so they are ready for code-related employment when the economy improves in 2021. In particular, there will be a need for inspectors to replace those who have retired recently. 
Members are welcomed to get involved with the Public Outreach Committee's outstanding programs. Please contact Executive Director Monica Caruso at [email protected] for more information about serving on the committee.  

The Chapter will launch 2021 membership renewals on December 7. SN-ICC members should expect to receive an email from the Chapter on December 7 regarding renewal for the upcoming year.  The Chapter's membership year is from January through December. The cost is $50 for Government and Industry Associate Members; $10 for Student Members.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions, the Board of Directors and Committee Members continue to plan outstanding membership benefits for 2021.  

Please join us for the Chapter Membership Meeting Webinar on Thursday, December 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SN-ICC President James Gerren, P.E., C.B.O., will present the Chapter's Year-End Report, a compilation of the past year's activities and achievements, despite COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.  
Gerren will start the meeting with brief announcements.
Also, the eligible voting members will be asked to vote for the officers to serve on the 2021 board of directors, effective January 1.   

At the conclusion of the presentation, the Chapter will raffle two $50 gift cards for the Home Depot, an ICC supporter - Don't miss the online raffle!
SN-ICC continues to offer the Chapter's Monthly Membership Meetings as webinars because the community is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and restrictions.
Webinar attendees are giving high ratings on the quality of the webinars, the presenters and the information featured during the webinars. Member surveys indicate a majority of members want to continue meeting via webinar at this time.      
SN-ICC 2nd Vice President and Education Committee Chairman Michael Cunningham of the City of Las Vegas Department of Building & Safety has coordinated the webinars since the launch of webinar meetings in May. President James Gerren of the Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention begins the webinar meetings with a brief update about the Chapter.      

Screen shot of Membership Meeting Webinar in November.

"Residential Development in the Time of COVID-19" was the topic of the Membership Meeting Webinar on November 12. Andrew Smith, president of Home Builders Research Inc. of Las Vegas, presented an update about the state of residential construction and sales this year.
Katie Weaver of Ameristar Perimeter Security presented information about perimeter security during the Membership Meeting Webinar on October 8. Weaver discussed perimeter security code compliance, trends, developments and future projects.  
Representatives from Applied Bolting Technology presented an American Institute of Steel Construction/Research Council on Structural Connections structural bolting clinic during the Membership Meeting Webinar on September 10.

Chris Curven of Applied Bolting Technology demonstrates a bolt strength test during the Membership Meeting Webinar in September. 


The City of Las Vegas Development Services, which includes building permits, business licenses, planning and zoning, recently moved to the Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St.  
Previously, the departments were at the city's Development Services Center at 333 N. Rancho Drive.


The International Code Council has begun its 2024 code development process and confirmed its Committee Action Hearings will leverage a virtual model for participants. Taking place April 11 through May 5, 2021, all interested parties are encouraged to participate as modern and innovative building codes and standards affect the safety and sustainability of all our buildings and communities.

The hearings are a highly collaborative process, so staff, moderators and committee members will have the option to gather in a central location for the duration of the process, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Speaking participants and those interested in listening to the proceedings will be able to join virtually. As done in previous years, the hearings will be available to view for free through a livestream. Click here to read the ICC announcement.

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