Mayor Knox White accepts the 2014 eCity award from Google's Lilyn Hester.
Mayor Knox White accepts the 2014 eCity award from Google’s Lilyn Hester.

Greenville, SC – During a press conference this afternoon at the Dark Corner Distillery on Main Street, search giant Google announced that Greenville has been recognized as South Carolina’s eCity of the year, acknowledging the city’s innovative business leaders and knack for sustainable growth: “The Home to Clemson University’s Center for Emerging Technologies, Greenville is committed to sustainable growth. Online tools connect users with green resources such as the city’s bike share program and pedestrian maps.”

To determine eCity awardees, Google relies on its own data (top 5 cities in each state with the highest proportionate AdWords penetration) as well as independent research provided Ipsos. More information about the methodology of selection can be found here. Last year’s winner for South Carolina was Myrtle Beach.

EVG CEO Brice Bay, who was in attendance, noted: “This is a great acknowledgement of the innovative spirit so many of our local business owners have, and it really speaks to the fact that companies in Greenville ‘get’ how important the Web is to their success stories.”

The author taking his turn by the podium at the eCity announcement.
The author taking his turn by the podium at the eCity announcement.

Google spokesperson Emma Ogiemwanye told the Greenville News that Greenville earned this recognition because its businesses “are using the Web in a variety of ways to share their stories, find new customers, and grow their businesses.” A perfect case in point is Beija-Flor jeans, a local business co-owned by the mother-daughter team of Kathy Moça and Emilie Whitaker, which has relied on the Web to grow its brand and customer reach beyond the streets of Greenville.

Joseph K. Hall, Jr. – VP Content Marketing

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