City of Atlanta Named 2013 Google eCity

Mayor Kasim Reed will join Google to recognize online business community in Atlanta

8/14/2013, 12:23 p.m.

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed joined Google and representatives from Atlanta’s business community today to accept the 2013 Google eCity Award. The Google eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state - the digital capitals of America. As part of the initiative’s launch, Mayor Reed joined Google representatives in recognizing businesses that are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies.

“This award is a strong step in affirming Atlanta’s reputation as leading technology city,” said Mayor Reed. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, both in Atlanta and across the nation. By getting online, Atlanta’s businesses can better share the services they have to offer with people across the state and world, and reinforce the connectivity that makes Atlanta a digital capital of America.”

The winning cities exhibited strong engagement and potential for growth within the digital economy. To analyze the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all 50 states, Google worked with independent research firm, IPSOS. Its findings ranked Atlanta among America’s leading cities in the digital economy.

“Our ‘e-City Awards’ recognize the new ‘digital capitals’ of America,” said Scott Levitan, Google’s director of small-business engagement. “We’re proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurialspirit—and the role that it plays in both creating jobs and sustaining local economies. With 97 percent of Internet-users looking for products and services online, it’s clear that success is about being connected.”

Over the next three years, businesses that make use of the web are expected to grow 40 percent faster and are twice as likely to create jobs. With small businesses creating two-thirds of all new jobs, the potential impact of getting these businesses online is enormous. Google hopes that these “digital capitals” will become an inspiration to other areas—throughout the nation—of what can be accomplished by spearheading business development on the Web.

For more information on the eCity initiative, please visit www.google.com/ecities