Google names Golden Valley Minnesota's online business Mecca

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Golden Valley has been named the "eCITY" of Minnesota by none other than Google itself in its annual list recognizing the nation's strongest online business communities, the Pioneer Press reports.

The city was designated as Minnesota's representative on the list by the web search giant, which says the area is a "prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness."

Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris celebrated the designation with a blurb on the City of Golden Valley website.

"The award is a tribute to the business and entrepreneurial-friendly environment we have here in Golden Valley, strongly supported by consumer-savvy residents who support our strong local economy," Harris wrote.

Singled out for special mention was My Music Store, a musical instrument retail, repair and tuition business at Olson Memorial Highway, which Google says "utilizes the web to advance the business by researching the latest products and analyzing competitor prices online."

Google compiles the list alongside market research firm Ipsos, which says it analysed empirical data to determine which areas of each state are leading the way in online business.

One of the main sources of data, the Pioneer Press says, is how businesses use Google's AdWord service. Other considerations included the likelihood that a business has a website, their use of social media, and if they sell goods online.

In its description of Golden Valley, Google says: "In 1912, the railroad connected Golden Valley to the rest of the country. Now, homeowners connect to an online portal with info and advice on everything from zoning and building permits to home security."

The Twin Cities metro area is gradually making a bigger noise in the online business and tech world.

Earlier this month, the Star Tribune reported comments from renowned tech billionaire and AOL founder Steve Case, who praised the innovation he'd seen in the state after awarding a $100,000 investment to Mankato start-up 75F, which develops technology to reduce heating and c0oling costs in office buildings.

He said: "We need to get more investors to recognize something is happening in the middle of the country. Since investors focus in a few places like Silicon Valley, it's really hard for most entrepreneurs in places like Minneapolis to get the capital to grow."

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