Google Says Homer is Alaska's 'eCity'

     Tech giant Google has named Homer as the 2013 “eCity” for the state of Alaska. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state. 

     Google refers to its eCity award recipients as “the new digital capitals of America.” In a news release, the company said Homer has joined the ranks of American cities at the forefront of the “digital economy” because local businesses are embracing the web to find new customers and fuel the local economy.

     Google worked with the independent research firm Ipsos to analyze the online strength of local small businesses in all fifty states. They weighed a variety of factors, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website, use a blog, promote themselves on a social network and whether they had a mobile-friendly website. 

     Homer Mayor Beth Wythe took time during Monday’ city council meeting to note the designation, saying it’s a remarkable thing for a small town like Homer to receive.

     Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Lavrakas said that due to Homer’s location at “the end of the road,” business owner have to be savvy when it comes to online marketing and promotion. He said the chamber assists its members who don’t yet have a website of their own by creating a landing page on the chamber website.

    You can find out more about the eCity award online at google.com/ecities.