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BoiseDev awarded grant to cover hard-hit Idaho tourism economies

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I wanted to share some news with you about BoiseDev.

Today, the Local Media Association and the Facebook Journalism Project announced they awarded more than $16 million in grants to support local news, and BoiseDev won funding through the program.

BoiseDev will receive funding from the COVID-19 US Local News Relief Grant program to support a reporting project we plan to launch in the next month.

The dollars will allow us to hire a reporter to specifically cover economic recovery in the hard-hit areas of Blaine and Valley Counties. Tourism dollars fuel these areas, and they saw significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a time, Blaine County, which includes Ketchum and Sun Valley, had more COVID cases than any county in the country on a per capita basis. Strict quarantine and shelter-in-place orders took a sharp toll on these areas, and will continue to do so for months to come.

The funds will also support additional marketing and some contract services related to the project.

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We will use the funds not only to beef up reporting resources, but to help build continued reader support for BoiseDev. As you are likely aware by now, we’ve been working hard over the last two years to build a different kind of news organization. BoiseDev is the only commercial news source in the Boise area that is locally owned. We work hard to focus on reader-focused coverage. Our approach is focused tightly on the facts and bringing out stories that are concise and understandable. We don’t have a paywall on any of our stories, because it’s important that everyone has access to vital information.

“We’re proud to support this diverse group of publishers — many of which are family- or independently owned,” Facebook VP of Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown said in the announcement. “Not only are these journalists working tirelessly to serve people right now — they’re focused on transformation, building innovative local news businesses that can continue to serve communities beyond the current pandemic.”

The one-time grant money, if used properly, will further serve our mission and net additional community support.

Membership includes the benefit of a daily newsletter, reduced number of ads, and the “please be a member” nags go away. You can become a member at BoiseDev.com/first.

Thank you for your continued support,

–Don

BoiseDev is the area's only locally-owned commercial news outlet. Your support will help us cover more stories and bring you more vital information. Become a member today!

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