EDMOND, Okla. – Google announced today that Edmond, Oklahoma has been named the 2013 eCity for the State. The Award recognizes the online business community and it’s strength in each state. In essence the digital capitals of America. According to Google, these cities embrace the web to find new customers, stay in touch with existing clients, and benefits the local economy.
Edmond’s small business community is leading the way on the web in Oklahoma. This city’s public art murals, stained glass and sculptures attract visitors from near and far, and its online presence further builds awareness.
“It is great to know that Edmond’s business community is leading the way for Oklahoma with their strong online presence,” said Congressman James Lankford as reported by EdmondOK.com.
An independent research firm called IPSOS analyzed the online strenght of small businesses in Edmond and worked with Google to deliver the award. Edmond ranked as one of America’s leading digital economy cities.
Okla. businesses already know Americans are turning to the Internet to look for local goods and services and businesses need to be where their customers are, and in 2013, that’s online. Yet, more than half of all U.S. small businesses do not have a website. 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.