U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Monday he's touring Kalamazoo business to get a first-hand look at ways the Internet can move the economy forward.

Upton, R-Mich., scheduled stops at Bell's Brewery and three other Kalamazoo-area business with representatives from Google, Facebook and members of the so-called Internet Association.

The congressman said Monday the Internet is moving the U.S. economy as well as the economies of small- and mid-sized cities across the country.

"You don’t have to look any further than small businesses in Kalamazoo to see firsthand how the Internet is opening up new possibilities for entrepreneurs and consumers alike," he said.

Bridget Blough, owner and chef of The Organic Gypsy food truck, said during her meetings with Upton's delegation the Internet is the best utility for her fast-moving business.

"Because I change menus depending on what I can get from farmers, I update menus, times, and locations every day," she said.

Members of The Internet Association include AOL and Yelp.