Google recently did what Google does best. It answered a question you didn’t know you needed answered.
This year Norfolk was named the digital capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia through the eCity Award. The eCity award is another piece of evidence that momentum is building for our city.
The eCity Award recognizes the cities that are leading their state in leveraging the internet for building economic growth. In 2014, Google’s business tools helped to build over $2.42 billion in economic activity across the commonwealth. Over 48,000 businesses and nonprofits in Virginia utilized these resources to grow their enterprises. The eCity award shows that the Norfolk area is leading Virginia in growing the economy by embracing technology. It’s true, businesses across the city, small and large, are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers, and fuel the local economy.
At Hatch we help companies embrace the digital age to thrive. We’ve seen first hand small companies like Cookie Text and JohnRich Media, rapidly growing companies like Quick180 and 80|20, large companies like Dominion Enterprises, and countless other companies in our region use internet tools (like Google’s) to grow their business. It’s because of companies like these that the eCity award isn’t the area’s first accolade of this sort. Entrepreneur Magazine has named Norfolk as one of the five Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, and Virginia Beach was named one of the Best Digital Cities. And don’t forget the growth and success of NEON, other arts districts, Downtown Norfolk, Town Center and City Center. We have momentum. Great things are growing in our region.
While we’ve come so far and accomplished an insane amount, don’t forget our downfalls and our failures. This award is just another sign that we’re headed in the right direction. Our region still has plenty of Room To Boom.
Join your region and be a part of the movement. Start by learning more about local successes, failures, and untapped potential at the annual State of the Startup Community Address, or by meeting some entrepreneurs at Coffee Downtown every Tuesday at 8 am.