A General Code Publication | Fall 2017 Issue

Choosing the right social media channel
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eCode Tip

What laws do other towns and cities have on the books that could help you draft similar legislation? 
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Can the city we live in, the environment we inhabit, impact who we are or how we feel? Read more >

Client Kudos

General Code clients are listed among best digital counties
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The Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert has signs on the minds of many municipal officials  Read more >


Get the results of last issue’s question and vote in our new poll! Vote now >

Choosing the Right Channel

You’ve decided to start using social media to communicate with your citizens, but what channel is the right one to use? We’ve compiled some of the top-used social media channels that local governments are using and examples of how they’re being used. Check out the list >


On Topic

Making Happier Cities
Urban social experiments, as explored and implemented by Charles Montgomery, suggest that the way a space is used or developed can profoundly impact the way people behave and react socially and economically. Watch now >

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
With the recent Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, sign regulations are on the minds of all municipalities. Learn more about this court decision and how it affects your local government’s regulations. Keep reading >


General Code Clients Named as Top Digital Counties
The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced the winners of the 15th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and even reduce carbon emissions.

Digital counties are recognized for leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in innovative and exciting ways.

General Code is pleased to recognize several of our clients who made this year’s list. Shout-outs go to:

  • Baltimore County, MD (a client since 1997)
  • Charles County, MD (a client since 1990)
  • Dona Ana County, NM (a client since 2008)
  • Dutchess County, NY (a client since 1987)
  • Tompkins County, NY (a client since 1998)

Congratulations to all! For more information on the survey, and the full list of winners, go to


On Topic

Survey Says…

In our Summer issue, we asked what your favorite summertime treat is. It turns out there was a tie between lemonade and fruit pies! It’s still not too late to enjoy some before Summer’s end.

In upcoming issues of the DeCoder, we plan to touch on a number of topics that deal with zoning and land use. In keeping with that theme, we want to know which board game is your favorite in which players aim to acquire or defend land or territory? Vote now >

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