Google Names Golden Valley Minnesota’s 2014 eCity
Google has named Golden Valley Minnesota’s 2014 eCity, an award that recognizes the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. The businesses in eCity communities embrace the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients, and fuel their local economies. Golden Valley joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
Google found that small businesses across Golden Valley have leveraged the Internet to grow and reach new customers. One example is My Music Store, which has provided music instruction and guitar repair to Golden Valley since 1999, and which uses the web to advance its business by researching the latest products and analyzing competitor prices online.
“Golden Valley serves as a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness,” said Emma Ogiemwanye, a representative from Google. “Google is proud to recognize Golden Valley’s business innovation, and the role it plays in creating Minnesota jobs.”
“This award is a tribute to the business and entrepreneurial-friendly environment we have here in Golden Valley, strongly supported by consumer-savvy residents who support our strong local economy,” said Mayor Shep Harris.
To determine the eCity honorees, Google and independent research firm Ipsos analyzed the online strength of 12,750 local small businesses across all 50 states. They weighed a variety of factors to determine the leading cities and towns across the US, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website, use a blog, promote themselves on a social network, sell goods directly from their webpages, and whether they had a mobile-friendly website. The winning cities exhibited strong engagement and potential for growth within the digital economy.
According to Google, 97 percent of Internet users look online for local products and services. The impact of being online is significant—businesses that are online grow twice as fast and are twice as likely to create jobs as their offline counterparts.
This is the second year Google has announced a list of eCities for the United States. For more information visit www.google.com/ecities.
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