The rise of office sheds. All the comforts of your corner office in your backyard.
To help ensure that virtual community meetings are productive for all, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Even before the recent coronavirus outbreak, affordable housing was an increasing issue of concern across the nation.
Location, location, location – that’s the key to regulating campaign signs
The emergence of the Coronavirus required the City of Corning, NY to do something it had not been asked to do before in a public crisis; keep constituents informed and community services functioning using a mostly-remote municipal staff.
Out of every crisis comes opportunity to move forward differently and better than before.
As the pandemic continues to impact communities across the country, local governments are responding with legislation that covers a wide range of critical topics. Stay up-to-date through our new blog series “Legislating in the Age of COVID.”
Our new how-to video library can help you become a more effective eCode360® user – in 60 seconds or less.
Local governments are creatively using social media during the coronavirus pandemic to stay in touch with constituents, check the pulse of the community, and share useful resources…
CARES Act funding is giving many local governments the resources to pivot to safe and efficient remote work in the age of Coronavirus —and for the future.
Communities expanding into desirable natural wildland areas are requiring planners and local governments to adopt new strategies and alliances to help keep residents and property safe.
Social media is a powerful tool for local governments to inform and to engage with the community at-large. Local government needs to demonstrate that it’s worthy of its constituents’ time and trust.
The 2020 Municipal Clerks Honor Roll was revealed on May 19 with more than 180 clerks honored from Maine to California.
Local governments are acting to allow service continuity in this time of crisis and to protect the safety and health of constituents, as well as in finding ways to overcome food security issues and economic hardships faced by local businesses.
During the current COVID-19 health emergency, many constituents are finding that their online code is for the birds.
This year’s Municipal Clerks Honor Roll drew nominations for more than 100 Municipal Clerks, including this special praise from one Wisconsin Clerk to all his peers.
Why not give your clerk some well-deserved kudos with a nomination to the 2020 Municipal Clerks Honor Roll?
General Code is taking the threat of COVID 19 very seriously and we are complying with all Federal, State and local directions in regards to how we should continue to operate in support of our clients in a safe and healthy manner.
As permanent bans on plastic bags are enacted, consumers will continue to shift to eco-friendly, reusable bags for carrying groceries and other purchases.
General Code offers a variety of options to help our client communities optimize their eCode experience and to provide demos of our other digital solutions.
When your eCode is regularly updated, you’re guaranteeing a resource your entire community can depend on – every hour of every day, from any location.
Norristown’s code enforcement department is just the 2nd in the nation to earn distinguished accreditation from the American Association of Code Enforcement.
The recent adoption of a Federal Act to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 may require some municipalities to consider changes to their local ordinances.
A regularly updated Code is an enforceable and reliable resource that empowers everyone in your community.
Communities across the country stepped up to nominate an exemplary Clerk they felt deserved to be honored.
Despite the growing popularity of e-scooters as a fun and environmentally-friendly way to traverse cities, not all municipalities and regulators are along for the ride.
Across the country, cities and counties are taking a stand against the controversial puppy mill industry by adopting retail pet sale bans.
Urban beekeeping is challenging local governments to find a balance between the protection of a vital species and the rights and concerns of urban communities.
New Jersey-based Coded Systems has announced that it is merging with General Code, LLC.
Plastic bans are becoming more prevalent in today’s era of climate crisis.
“If you build it, they will come,” right? Not exactly. But there are many ways to attract traffic to your social media accounts.
Exploring how a less car-centric environment can positively impact the health and well-being of your citizens and the livability of your community-at-large.
It’s National BBQ Month and National Hamburger Month. Eat well—and grill safely.
The sharing industry that provides consumer deals and conveniences has local governments wondering how to regulate it all.
General Code is helping the City of Easton better serve the public and grow with fast and efficient access to zoning information through MapLink.
When your Code is up-to-date and constituents can find the information they’re looking for, the Town Hall can be a quieter place to work.
Restaurant noise is causing patrons to choose between loud popular eateries and their hearing health.
Social media isn’t all about creating noise to raise awareness or pushing information out to your followers/constituents. Sometimes you need to listen, too.
In these TEDx Talks, the presenters explore how music can positively impact your community’s identity, economy, and the well-being of your citizens.
Social media is still one of the newer ways that people are getting information about and from their local governments.
Our new user-centric online services offer smart ways to present Zoning information and help encourage community growth.
Essential resources for creating and amending ordinances
Transition from in-house process to a dedicated codification partner leads to greater accessibility and efficiency.
“Being transparent and efficient in providing information is important and eCode360 gives us
a great tool to do just that.”
Putting people at the center of the government services universe
With the evolution of the internet, smartphones and social media platforms, bullying has moved from the playground to the cyber realm.
General Code is ready to be your ‘study buddy’ with an extensive variety of options to help our clients optimize their eCode360 experience.
Dobbs Ferry, NY Clerk Elizabeth Dreaper, sings the praises of eCode360 and time-saving tools like PubDocs and Multicode.
Bernards Township’s 20-year journey with a trusted codification partner.
Using your local gov’s social media channels, you can help local businesses and organizations to draw larger crowds to events, boosting tourism to your region and supporting economic growth.
We work with some pretty remarkable clients. Take a moment and read about some of the great achievements from the past year that have come to our attention.
From the historic to the hysterical, local festivals are on the rise, prompting host municipalities to take a closer look at legislation that protects their community, residents and patrons.
Did you know that before the mid-1800s, urban parks didn’t exist in American cities? Learn about the American visionary architect who changed all that.
Doing your homework is important when considering codification so that your Code meets the needs of your municipality and your citizens. Here’s a list of questions you should always ask first before you make your choice.
Model ordinances can be great starting points for drafting new ordinances, but they should be reviewed and tailored for your municipality before being adopted.
Should drone technology be tightly regulated—or not at all?
Calvert County, MD needed an accessible online zoning code that was easy to use and update. Read how they found the perfect solution.
Our mutually beneficial partnership with The Code Council provides an excellent complement to our product and service portfolio.
Local governments are upping their games in an effort to be more transparent with their citizens. Municipalities are leveraging the latest technologies to open new communication channels.
Can the city we live in, the environment we inhabit, impact who we are or how we feel?
In drafting and enforcing sign regulations local governments should be mindful of this case and the Supreme Court’s determination that content-based regulation of noncommercial signs must meet “strict scrutiny.”
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.
Leacock Township, PA feared that codifying their local laws would be too costly and time consuming. Learn how they were pleasantly surprised.
As consumer demand for fireworks has grown, so has the inclination for states to relax their restrictive laws and lift their bans to allow sales of fireworks for consumer use.
Just as people try to get healthier with the Atkins, Paleo, Whole30 and other popular diet regimens, urban streets can be more trim and less congested when a “road diet” strategy is put in place.
Does your community have a social media policy in place? (Spoiler alert: the answer should be yes.)
Some of our clients have used extracts from their municipal Code to feed information into other business
systems used throughout their municipalities.
Use eCode360’s Notes tool to help citizens and other users of your online Code stay up to date and informed.
See how some New England communities are adapting
their Codes to meet increased local demand for solar energy.
What does “the future of cities” mean to you? Whatever your definition, Oscar Boyson’s 20-minute video “The Future of Cities” is thought-provoking as it probes the question, “is future urbanization going to be a good thing, or a bad thing?”
Social media channels, perhaps more than any other communication tool, offer officials at every level of government the most rapid way to reach out to those in harm’s way or already affected by an emergency situation. It seems that we are all increasingly turning to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more than social reasons. A trend that is not going unnoticed by many in government responsible for emergency management.