Google has bestowed the city of Charleston its 2013 eCity Award for the state of West Virginia.
The annual eCity Awards recognize cities where the local business community is embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel local economies
Each year, Google and the Ipsos research firm evaluate communities based on a series of criteria, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website, use a blog, promote themselves on a social network, sell goods directly from their webpages and whether they had a mobile-friendly website.
The award is given to the city in each state that displays the strongest engagement and potential for growth within the digital economy.
"Charleston's growth and innovation in e-commerce is an example that other cities across the state can strive to replicate," said Scott Levitan, Google's director of small business engagement.