DCI had won an RFP for economic development and tourism communications with the Idaho Department of Commerce last week. However, Don Dietrich, the state commerce director, said shortly thereafter that it was inappropriate for the state to hire a non-Idaho firm. Idaho withdrew its letter of intent.
Levine, in a letter to the editor in the Idaho Business Review, proposed that Idaho partner DCI with an in-state firm, meaning that "activities that are more effectively done by an in-state firm will be managed locally."
"Those better done by a firm with our specialization will be managed by DCI," he continued.
Bibiana Nertney, administrator for marketing, communications, and research at the Idaho Commerce Department, said on January 29 that the state had not decided how to proceed with the selection process.