Mayor Kasim Reed joined Google and representatives from Atlanta’s business community today, Aug. 14, to accept the 2013 Google eCity Award. The award recognize the strongest online business community in each state.

“This award is a strong step in affirming Atlanta’s reputation as leading technology city,” said 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.”

According to a media release about the award, 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.”

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

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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