Whitefish Named Google’s eCity

By Beacon Staff

Innovative tech giant Google named Whitefish the “digital capital” of Montana when it ranked Stumptown as the state’s “eCity” of 2013.

Google annually recognizes one city from each state as an “e-city,” meaning that city’s business community is using the web in innovative new ways – to find and connect with customers and fuel local economies.

Across the country, businesses that have an online presence are expected to grow 40 percent faster.

“Whitefish’s growth and innovation in e-commerce is an example that other cities across the state can strive to replicate,” said Scott Levitan, director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “Google is proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurial spirit and the role it plays in creating jobs and sustaining local economies.”

“Given the critical role that technology plays in driving growth and creating jobs, we need to make sure that every business is embracing the web,” said Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld. “I am so proud of the Whitefish small business community for leading the charge in Montana.”

Other digital capitals included New York City; Park City, Utah; Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and Fargo, North Dakota.

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