Pols celebrate Norwalk’s CT Google eCity Award

Norwalk has been named Google's  CT 2014 eCity.
Norwalk has been named Google’s CT 2014 eCity.

Updated 12:30 p.m. with comments from presentation ceremony.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk may be debating the relative merits of a traditional new brick-and-mortar – and lots of glass – shopping mall, but the city’s business community has just won an award for having the strongest online business community in Connecticut.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling was joined by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT4), senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and local business leaders for an award presentation this morning at Chalk Talk Sports, 151 Woodward Ave.

The Google eCity Award recognizes 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.

“Norwalk is proud to be recognized,” Rilling said.  “Chalk Talk Sports is a perfect example of a family business exemplifying the American Dream in 2014. Chalk Talk Sports has successfully utilized the Internet and social media to extend their reach nationally and internationally.  Norwalk welcomes large and small businesses to our city.  We have the real estate and the workforce to help you realize your dream.”

Chalk Talk founder and co-owner Tom Lynn paid tribute to the Internet as the primary reason his business has experienced so much success.

“The fact that our business has grown so much through the Internet alone is a major testimonial to the benefits of merchandising on the web and the importance of using web-based tools,” Lynn said.  “We began this business venture out of our garage and now we employ over 26 year-round employees and up to 65 workers during the holiday season.”

A Google representative said the award recognize’s Norwalk’s “entrepreneurial spirit” as more businesses turn to the web to do business.

“Our ‘eCity Awards’ recognize the new ‘digital capitals’ of America,” said Google spokesman William Floyd.  “We want to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Norwalk, 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.”

The region’s nationally political contingent added their thoughts.

“Norwalk companies like Chalk Talk Sports have harnessed the power of technology and the Internet to expand their reach, create jobs and advance our economy,” Himes said.

“Norwalk has made great strides over the last few years, and its growth is largely due to the city’s commitment to technology,” said Murphy. “… Norwalk businesses have smartly taken advantage of all that the tech world has to offer, and as a result, we’re seeing impressive job creation in the region.”

“This award recognizes the creative energy of Norwalk’s business community – sparking jobs and economic vitality across Connecticut,” Blumenthal said. “Smart small businesses make Norwalk thrive as a digital capital, and drive economic growth. Businesses in this digital capital are embracing the web’s power to grow and succeed.”

For more about the Google eCity Award, click here.


2 responses to “Pols celebrate Norwalk’s CT Google eCity Award”

  1. David

    All this talk of malls, the real economic driver we should be chasing lies right here in this article.

    Throw in p-tech, and you have the basis for a real, sustainable economic plan for the future.

  2. EveT

    Is the travel site Kayak still based in Norwalk? If so, I’m surprised they were not also given recognition in the announcement of this award.
    In any case, it’s great to read a positive story about business development in Norwalk!

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