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Louisville recognized for encouraging businesses to get online

City wins 200 Samsung Chromebooks to distribute to businesses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2014) — Louisville has been named one of three winners of the national Get Your Business Online City Challenge sponsored by Google and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).

onlineMore than 150 mayors and their cities participated in the City Challenge, which was launched in 2013. Cities held events, conducted outreach and formed partnerships to encourage local businesses to get online. The winning cities were selected for their creative, far reaching and scalable efforts.

Louisville will receive a technology prize package valued at $50,000. It includes 200 Samsung Chromebooks that will be given to qualifying small business loan applicants, city community centers and others.

The Louisville Get Your Business Online team helped get businesses online through integration into Louisville’s Digital Economic Corridors program. Partnerships were formed with local business associations and community stakeholders to promote the program to thousands of business owners. Additionally, the challenge helped over 100 Louisville business owners create, at no cost, a Google+ page so their business would appear in Google search results and on Google Maps.

“This challenge provided a fun, creative way for us to encourage businesses to succeed in a digital world,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Now, with the donation of the Samsung Chromebooks, citizens in our community centers as well as businesses who never had access to the latest technology will be able to perform tasks online that many take for granted.”

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