Google Chooses Sarasota as Florida's eCity for 2014

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Google Chooses Sarasota as Florida's eCity for 2014


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SARASOTA

Google Inc. has named Sarasota its 2014 eCity in Florida, a reflection of what the Internet giant calls the city's strong online business community.

Local firms such 82 [degrees] West, which has offered online marketing and video production for a decade, use the Web to derive new online leads, connect with clients, attract new customers and, ultimately, fuel the Southwest Florida's economy, Google stated.

"Sarasota serves as a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness," Google's Emma Ogiemwanye said in a statement. "Google is proud to recognize Sarasota's accomplishment and the role it plays in creating Florida jobs."

Sarasota joins 49 other cities nationwide in being designated as a leading eCity this year.

In determining its second-annual list, Google and independent research firm Ipsos analyzed the online strength of small businesses across all 50 states, weighing the use of blogs and websites, online sales and mobile-friendly portals.

Google and Ipsos also evaluated the potential for growth within each local digital economy. …

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