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Google Names Valparaiso "eCity" Award Winner

Thursday, February 04, 2016

According to Google, the businesses in each eCity “are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies.” Working with independent research firm Ipsos MORI, Google analyzed the online strengths of local small businesses across the fifty states and named the highest scoring city as its eCity for that state. Scores included businesses being listed online, having a website, having a presence on social media, allowing eCommerce, having a blog and scoring highly according to Google’s website metrics, among other considerations.

“Being named Indiana’s eCity reflects Valparaiso’s innovation and dedication to being technologically savvy,” said Valparaiso Mayor John Costas. “We’re particularly excited about this award, because it further demonstrates that our local businesses are succeeding…We all work to support businesses by creating a downtown that stimulates commerce and by pursuing a fiber optic network to keep our local businesses at the forefront of technology.”

Other cities recognized as Google eCities for 2015 are Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA; Beverly Hills, CA; and Boston, MA. In 2014, the award for Indiana went to Zionsville.

See the full list and read more about the methodology

Valparaiso is also currently one of only 15 semi-finalists nationwide in the America’s Best Communities competition.