Google eCity Award - Cary 2013

Google Designates Cary as North Carolina’s 2013 eCity

Cary, NC – Press Release Published on August 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2013

CONTACT: Samantha Smith
press@google.com

Google Designates Cary as North Carolina’s 2013 eCity

Mountain View, CA: Innovative tech giant Google has named Cary as the 2013 eCity for the State of North Carolina. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state – the new digital capitals of America. The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Cary joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.

“Cary’s growth and innovation in e-commerce is an example that other cities across the state can strive to replicate,” said Scott Levitan, Director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “Google is proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurial spirit and the role it plays in creating jobs and sustaining local economies.”

“Cary has a long history of embracing technology as a way to provide opportunities and solutions that are cost-effective, innovative and sensible, and we appreciate Google’s recognition of our accomplishments,” said Town of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, Jr. “With nearly 100 percent of Cary citizens having access to the Internet, our community gets the importance of using online tools to increase participation and drive the local economy.”

BACKGROUND:
Google and independent research firm, Ipsos, analyzed the online strength of local small businesses across all fifty 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. For more information visit www.google.com/ecities.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Samantha Smith
press@google.com, (202) 346-1375

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