Thursday August 29, 2013
Once again South Burlington has been recognized for its innovation. Recently, tech giant Google named South Burlington as the 2013 eCity for the State of Vermont. 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. South Burlington joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
“South Burlington’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.”
Pam Mackenzie, Chair of the City Council responded to the recognition, “We are extremely proud to be named as the leading City in Vermont for the digital economy. Google has recognized our residents - the citizens who attract entrepreneurial opportunities, and has complimented South Burlington’s balance of community and quality schools. In the past we have been recognized for our retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors - this new honor expands all of our horizons. Thank you, Google.”
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.