St. Maries is the first community to be awarded a grant under the Uniquely Idaho program for rural tourism, economic improvement, and job creation.
A coalition including the St. Maries Council for the Arts, Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater St. Joe Development Foundation/Timber Plus were awarded a grant to begin regional promotion of cultural, historical, and agricultural tourism.
The community had the opportunity to be a pilot program for the rest of the state. The program submitted by the coalition is modeled after that developed by the internationally successful Hand Made in America of North Carolina.
The St. Maries Uniquely Idaho project shares the goal of revering and protecting our resources, and preserving and enriching the spiritual, cultural, and community life of our region.
Artists, creatives of all sorts, cultural and agricultural historians, and entrepreneurs are all encouraged to get in on the ground floor of this exciting promotion.