The verdict is in and according to Google, Norfolk is Virginia’s eCity. The “digital capitals” are chosen by analyzing the online robustness of a city’s small business community which includes online presence of websites, social media, blogs, and e-commerce. Google says its eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state.

“These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies,” says the Google eCities page, going on to describe Norfolk’s business culture as:

Situated on Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk is home to the world's largest naval base and houses the North American headquarters for NATO, the North American Trade Organization. It also holds the Virginia Department of Forensic Science's Eastern Laboratory, which offers everything from forensic toxicology to biology analysis.

“Google’s selection of Norfolk as an eCity demonstrates the continuing commitment of the city and its business community to grow a responsive, inclusive, customer-focused economy that thrives not only in Virginia, but across the globe through the power of the Internet,” said Mayor Paul Fraim in a recent media story about the announcement.

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