KIRKLAND, Wash. - Google and Mayor Walen announced that the City of Kirkland has been named the 2015 eCity of Washington. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state - the digital capitals of America. These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies.
“We’re proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurial-spirit—and the role that it plays in both creating jobs and sustaining local economies,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Google’s Head of External Affairs in the Northwest. “With 97-percent of Internet-users looking for products and services online, it’s clear that success is about being connected.”
The award was presented by Nothnagle at the January 5th City Council meeting.
“Kirkland is fortunate to be the community of choice for tech savvy businesses who are making good use of online marketing to grow,” notes Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen. “Just as significant is the presence of Google Kirkland, which continues to provide the tools that help our businesses to prosper.”
Google worked with an independent research firm IPSOS to analyze the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all fifty states and Kirkland is among the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
Kirkland businesses already know that Americans are turning to the Internet to look for local goods and services. Businesses need to be where their customers are, and that’s online. Four in five consumers use search engines to find information about local businesses, but less than half of US small businesses have a website and only 37% have claimed or updated their business information on a search engine. Complete business information helps generate economic value to individual communities. In small communities, this could be worth up to +$300K a year.
For more information on the eCity initiative, please visit our website at www.google.com/ecities.
Pictured left to right: Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen and Darcy Nothnagle, Google’s Head of External Affairs in the Northwest