BEVERLY HILLS—The City of Beverly Hills has been named by Google the 2015 eCity of California. According to a press release Canyon News received from Dana Beesen, Publicist for the City of Beverly Hills, the eCity Awards put a spotlight on the strongest online business communities in each state – the digital capitals of America. The businesses in these cities are utilizing the internet as a way to attract new customers, connect with old customers and fuel local economies.

“We are very pleased and honored that the City of Beverly Hills is the recipient of the 2015 Google eCity Award,” says David Schirmer, Chief Information Officer for the City of Beverly Hills.”

“The Chamber is pleased to partner with the City of Beverly Hills on programs to benefit small businesses in our community. The Google eCity Award is a testament to those programs helping our local businesses succeed,” said Todd Johnson, Executive Director for the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Google uses an independent firm to analyze the online strength of local small businesses in cities of all 50 states and Beverly Hills tops amongst American cities in the digital arena.

Google’s congratulation announcement reads, “Known for its glitzy shopping, Beverly Hills is home to everything from the most expensive store in the world to an ATM that dispenses fresh cupcakes. But it’s also tech savvy. The city’s website offers over 20 different online services, from paying bills to getting building permits.”

Canyon News spoke with Todd Johnson via email about the city receiving the Google eCity Award.

“We believe that being recognized by Google as a leader in the digital world makes us that much more attractive for businesses to come into our fine city.  The digital world is changing almost daily, so we certainly want to stay ahead of the game by keeping our businesses well informed and engaged. We have a very low vacancy rate.  One of the lowest in the state.  But, I do think it will be another enticement for businesses to continue their endeavor of coming into Beverly Hills,” said Johnson.

When asked if Beverly Hills will utilize the digital platform even more in the future to accommodate businesses and residents in the region, Johnson replied, “Yes, I believe it’s imperative.  Both the Chamber and the City are committed to stay on top of this ever changing digital world.  The business environment is very competitive; this arena will not only help to keep our businesses relevant but will enable them to continue to grow and move forward.”