To those who have never been here, Tulsa might not seem like the most technologically innovative city, but anyone who has lived in Tulsa knows otherwise. Tulsa’s companies leverage the internet to grow their businesses in inventive and practical ways every day, and the city is finally getting some recognition for their efforts.
Google named Tulsa as Oklahoma’s eCity for 2014, recognizing the city for having the strongest online business community in the state and celebrates those who have embraced the internet and its multitude of ways to connect with new and existing customers alike.
“Our eCity Awards recognize the new ‘digital capitals’ of America,” said Dave Barr, Google’s hardware operations manager for the Oklahoma data center. “We’re proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurial spirit—and the role that it plays in both creating jobs and sustaining local economies. With 97 percent of Internet users looking for products and services online, it’s clear that success is about being connected.”
“Tulsa is honored to be named the Google eCity of Oklahoma, the digital capital of our state,” said Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. “This award speaks to the strength of Tulsa’s online business community, as organizations are embracing the power of the Internet to find new customers, connect with existing clients, and create twice as many jobs with their online presence.”
“Already recognized by Forbes as the nation’s top city for young entrepreneurs, Tulsa has quietly become a nationally-recognized hub of innovation — a place where fresh ideas thrive and businesses find success in embracing the future,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Tulsa’s new distinction as Oklahoma’s ‘digital capital’ is further proof that its enterprising small business community has set the standard for how to grow business in a new era.”
Not only have Tulsa’s startups and young entrepreneurs been using the internet to expand their businesses and reach out to where customers are, we are using the internet in new ways never previously imagined to connect with audiences in more meaningful ways than ever before.