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Posted on: September 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Banff receives 2014 Google eTown Award

Banff, AB – Google Canada announced today that Banff has received a Google eTown Award for 2014. The Google eTown Awards celebrate the towns and cities across Canada whose businesses are embracing the power of the web to grow and fuel their local economies.

“The web helps people everywhere discover the best of what’s around the world or around the corner,” said Sam Sebastian, Managing Director of Google Canada. “As Canadians live more of their lives online, the small and medium businesses that boldly embrace digital are finding new customers, growing their businesses and succeeding in an increasingly connected world.”

Google worked with independent research firm IPSOS to analyze the online strength of local small businesses across Canada, and Banff is one of five communities being recognized today with a 2014 Google eTown Award.

"I am proud to see Banff named as one of the leading digitally engaged towns in Canada. Banff's tourism and small business industry is booming, and I'm pleased our great community is receiving this award,” said Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose.

“I applaud our Banff businesses who recognize the importance of superb online service in achieving our goal of sustainable economic prosperity and I thank Google Canada for recognizing and encouraging our efforts. To achieve eTown status from no less than the world’s foremost expert in Internet marketing and services is truly a thrill. It’s safe to say Google knows a thing or two about how to succeed online, so we are delighted with this award,” said Mayor Karen Sorensen.

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