PRODUCTS 

OpenCounter builds tools to help cities support local economic development. We offer two products: OpenCounter, a "one-stop-shop" for business permitting, and ZoningCheck, a lightweight tool for zoning clearance queries. By moving these functions online, OpenCounter makes important city services available 24/7, and helps cities become truly business friendly.

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OPENCOUNTER

Register a small business

OpenCounter helps entrepreneurs to navigate the business registration process. It asks the right questions, in the right order, so applicants can see the requirements, fees, and processing time that apply to their planned use and location. By making information available across departments, OpenCounter helps municipalities coordinate internal workflows, and build better relationships with new business owners.

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ZONINGCHECK

Find a location

ZoningCheck is the first effort of its kind to translate the language of the planning code into a format that citizens can easily understand. By calculating zoning clearances in a matter of seconds—instead of days—ZoningCheck helps entrepreneurs explore their options so they can find the perfect home for their next company.

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Joel
JOEL MAHONEY
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Joel is a civic technologist and entrepreneur. He was an inaugural fellow at Code for America, and served as a technical advisor to the organization. Before Code for America, Joel founded companies in the health and hospitality sectors. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times. He won the International Design for Experience Award for his work with the City of Boston, and was one of GovTech Magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in 2012.

Peter
PETER KOHT
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Peter Koht is a civics nerd. An experienced economic development professional, Peter worked for the City of Santa Cruz, where he lead a regional broadband policy group, and spearheaded the City's open data policy along with initiatives to lower administrative barriers to job creation. Previous to his public sector role, he worked in technology and media. When not working, Peter runs trails and surfs.

 CLIENTS 
Boston
Canby
Central falls
Denton
Fremont
Gonzales
Indianapolis
Los gatos
Long beach
Orlando
Pacific grove
Palo alto
Rancho cordova
Salinas
Santa cruz
Scotts valley
Seaside
Truckee
Yuba city
"The team at OpenCounter have taken a typically bureaucratic and complex process—business registration—and made it simple to complete and beautiful to use. They are tackling and succeeding at the essential redesign work that needs to take place across all government interactions."
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Jonathan Reichental
City of Palo Alto, CIO
"The team at OpenCounter have taken a typically bureaucratic and complex process—business registration—and made it simple to complete and beautiful to use. They are tackling and succeeding at the essential redesign work that needs to take place across all government interactions."
Jonathan Reichental
City of Palo Alto, CIO
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