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City of Decatur makes GIS mapping system more user-friendly

The City of Decatur has updated its interactive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tool to give it more of a “hub” feel while making it more user-friendly for residents.

Now residents can go to the city website here and simply type in their address to find all kinds of important information like what days they collect recycling and pick up garbage, what elected officials represent your district, and access police zones and school districts.

“We knew that when we updated our software, we wanted something that would be extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate,” said GIS administrator Ricky Thompson. “The new software is based on a Google Maps platform, and because so many of us are familiar with the interface, it makes the website easier to utilize.

“Our job is about making information accessible to our community, and this updated mapping system certainly helps us with that goal.”

The City of Decatur’s GIS department oversees the administration of the municipal GIS database to assist with mapping and zoning projects throughout the community. The GIS Department is an extension of the Information Systems Department.

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