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Ketchum Joins Relaunch of Support Local Gems Initiative

Idahoans are encouraged to support Idaho small businesses on Friday, May 21, 2021

KETCHUM, Idaho – Today, the City of Ketchum joined U.S. Senator for Idaho Jim Risch and the Idaho Department of Commerce to relaunch the second annual Support Local Gems initiative, which will serve as an all-day event to support Idaho small businesses as they come off a year of significant challenges.

On Friday, May 21, 2021, Ketchum residents and visitors are invited to Support Local Gems by being a customer to their favorite local shops and restaurants. All Idahoans can get involved by shopping at a small business, dining safely at an independent restaurant, purchasing a gift card for a loved one, writing a review online or simply saying “thank you” to a small business they love.

“We have all been through very challenging times and our local businesses have suffered greatly,” said Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “I am very proud of all of Ketchum’s businesses for applying local protocols to keep their customers and employees safe. Let’s take every opportunity to support them.”

“Over the last year, Idaho’s independent retailers and restaurants did an exceptional job adapting to the challenges of the pandemic. But even as life begins to return to normal, small businesses still need support,” said Senator Jim Risch. “On Friday, May 21, give your support to the small businesses – the local gems – that power Idaho’s economy and make our communities thrive.”

Last year, Ketchum’s businesses faced unprecedented hardships as they worked to remain viable through the pandemic. To support them, Senator Jim Risch and the Idaho Department of Commerce launched Support Local Gems to encourage Idahoans to shop and dine locally. On the second annual Support Local Gems initiative, Idahoans are encouraged to give their full support once again to the small businesses – the local gems – that make Idaho a special place to live and grow.

Additional partners of the Support Local Gems initiative include Governor Brad Little, Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Mike Simpson, Congressman Russ Fulcher, Association of Idaho Cities, Idaho Association of Counties, Idaho Chamber Alliance, Idaho Retailers Association, Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association, Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry and the Boise Metro Chamber.

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About the City of Ketchum

The City of Ketchum is located in the Wood River Valley in south central Idaho. Founded in 1880 during the mining boom, Ketchum is now regarded as one of the most popular destinations for winter and summer visitors due to its world-class skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, restaurants, art galleries and shopping. In 2018, Ketchum was awarded designation by the International Dark-Sky Association as a Dark Sky Community and is included in the Nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only 13 in the world. The City of Ketchum hosts the famous annual Wagon Days Parade, held on Labor Day weekend, and numerous other year-round attractions. Ketchum is home to more than 10,000 full- and part-time residents. For more information about the City of Ketchum, visit www.ketchumidaho.org.

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