Hauppauge, NY - October 16, 2014 - Hauppauge is the recipient of the 2014 Google eCity Award for the State of New York. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all fifty states. The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Hauppauge joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
“Hauppauge serves as a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness,” said Emma Ogiemwanye, a representative from Google. “Google is proud to recognize Hauppauge’s accomplishment, and the role the Internet plays in creating New York jobs.”
"It is an honor to have one of Suffolk County's communities, Hauppauge, recognized by Google's eCity Award program as a leader in the business and technology sectors," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. "We have been diligently working with the private sector to build and sustain an innovative economy here in Suffolk County, and this award highlights some of the great progress we have made right here in Hauppauge."
Ninety-seven percent of Internet users look online for local products and services. Businesses need to be where their customers are and in 2014, that is online. The impact of being online is significant–businesses that are online grow twice as fast and are twice as likely to create jobs as their offline counterparts.
Google and independent research firm, Ipsos, analyzed the online strength of local small businesses across all fifty states. They weighed a variety of factors to determine the leading cities and towns across the US, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website, use a blog, promote themselves on a social network, sell goods directly from their webpages and whether they had a mobile-friendly website. The winning cities exhibited strong engagement and potential for growth within the digital economy. This is the second year Google has announced a list of eCities for the United States. For more information visit the website.
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