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Just Cant(on) Get Enough LAMA

City of Canton, Georgia launched its New Software Platform for Development on September 28, 2020.

Canton's new online plan submission, permitting, licensing and inspection software is up and running. "LAMA is a one-source online source for all applications related to development and allows for real time inspection reports. The system is designed to cut down on paper submission, allows for online payments, and is integrated with the tablets used by field staff." A regional builder noted last week that "[...] of the 50 systems she deals with in the region, this was by far the easiest and simplest." To view the system, CLICK HERE.

The Canton Main Street program was established in 2010 to enhance the quality of life for the Canton residents. With a heart for historic preservation and an eye on the future, Georgia's Canton is building an economy for the next generation while restoring buildings from past generations. In the last two years, over 300,000 square feet of historic buildings have been restored including former schools, a textile mill, and the historic Jones Mercantile in the heart of Downtown. Credit:
Downtown Canton, A Walkable Revitalized Historic Development Centerpiece

The project to migrate to LAMA was spearheaded by Ken Patton, AICP, Community Development Director when Canton Released its Request for Proposals on November 16, 2020. Competitive product demonstrations were hosted onsite during in February - March of 2020, and the contract for implementation of The Davenport Group's LAMA software was executed on April 17, 2020. The project kicked-off on April 27, 2020, and the fully configured software went live on September 28, 2020. This ambitious project schedule was maintained despite COVID-19 social distancing requirements, thanks to the tenacity of Canton's focused public servants. Canton was also able to contain their budgetary costs by adhering to the a pre-October deadline so that they would not incur an additional year of licensing costs for their previous system.

In particular, the Davenport Group would like to extend its appreciation in particular to:

  • Mr. Patton for his decisive leadership and encyclopedic knowledge critical to this project,

  • Mr. Jason Taylor for his superior understanding of process flows and software configuration as well as his dedicated intake staff,

  • Mr. Mike Morgan and his IT team who worked tirelessly to ensure Canton had the highest quality GIS data for LAMA, and

  • Interim Chief Building Official Eric Fortner and the inspectors working with him for their regulatory acumen and dedication to serving the residents of Canton and its Development Community.

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