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Bob Buckhorn seeks to tame Tampa's balky, outdated system for building and development permits



Mayor Bob Buckhorn campaigned on a pledge to change "Tampa's economic DNA" and often says the city's permitting system ought to be modern enough to allow a builder to track a permit on a smart phone.

Now City Hall is moving in that direction.

City officials said Wednesday they will spend an estimated $2.7 million -- much of it from a sliver of building fees that's been earmarked for technology improvements -- on a fully automated electronic permitting system from Accela Automation, a company based near San Francisco that provides web- and cloud-based software applications to government agencies.

The new system will provide businesses, homeowners and contractors with online access to permitting and licensing information, resulting in "quicker permits, less hassle and more money saved in lost time," Buckhorn said in a prepared statement.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:17pm]


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