OpenMaine.org is a newly formed team of local computer programmers and community organizers in Portland, Maine who share a passion for social justice and civic innovation. At present, OpenMaine.org is Rob Korobkin, Mike Lacourse and Joey Brunelle, with special thanks to Cat Bates.
For our first project, we decided to take on Portland’s municipal budget. At around $330 million, the City of Portland’s annual expenditures cover everything from our schools to our roads to our police officers and library, as well as many other things we rely on every day to keep our city functioning.
Our goal is to create an accessible website where anybody could go to get an easy-to-understand look at how the City of Portland is collecting and allocating funds.
OpenMaine.org is a fork of the Arlington Visual Budget, which is licensed under Apache 2 and was created using open source code and data. Drawing upon the wonderful work of the Massholes who developed the original framework, OpenMaine.org extends the visual budget app into a WordPress plugin and includes an original data management interface by local developer Rob Korobkin. If you’re interested in the technical component of this project, check out our GitHub repo or contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-733-1780.
If you’d like to get in touch with us, just fill out the form below. Whoever you are, we’d love to hear from you and have you join our team!