Google says Cary is N.C.’s ‘digital capital’

From staff reportsAugust 21, 2013 

— The town of Cary has the best online business community in North Carolina, according to Google.

The internet company recently named Cary the state’s 2013 eCity, an award that recognizes “digital capitals.”

Local businesses use the internet to find new customers, connect with clients and boost the economy, according to the award.

Google and a research firm analyzed small businesses across the country, considering factors such as the likelihood of businesses to have a website, use a blog, promote themselves on a social network and more.

“Cary’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.”

“Cary has a long history of embracing technology as a way to provide opportunities and solutions that are cost-effective, innovative and sensible, and we appreciate Google’s recognition of our accomplishments,” said Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. “With nearly 100 percent of Cary citizens having access to the internet, our community gets the importance of using online tools to increase participation and drive the local economy.”

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