Big Award for Little North Myrtle Beach

myrtle beach hotelsThe little city of North Myrtle Beach is taking home a big honor for its online presence. Google has declared the city’s online business community to be the strongest in South Carolina and has given North Myrtle Beach the Google eCity Award for the state of South Carolina.

A representative from Google presented the prestigious award to Mayor Marilyn Hatley on Tuesday, August 20, at a press conference at Southern Surprise Pancake House in North Myrtle Beach.

“The Google eCity Awards recognize the digital capitals of each state,” according to the Google website. “These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies. … The Google eCity Award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state. Google and independent research firm Ipsos MORI analyzed the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all 50 states. The city with the highest scores in each state was designated a 2013 Google eCity.”

Among our neighboring states, North Carolina’s eCity is Cary and Georgia’s eCity is Atlanta. To see a list of all 50 eCities and how the cities were selected, go to