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Kate Hudson
Public Relations Manager






Spokane, WA— Visit Spokane joins many others in expressing happiness with the quick apology from The Guardian US following an article that portrayed the city in a negative light. Visit Spokane also commends Cody Delistraty for his response today in The Inlander.

On Tuesday, The Guardian US published an article by Cody Delistraty entitled “How Gonzaga became the central hope for the struggling city of Spokane.” It referred to Spokane as a “struggling city” and that “all its job industries had dried up.”

Visit Spokane spearheaded an effort to have Spokane native, Cody, come home, coining #CodyComeHome, which was one part of a broad effort by many organizations and individuals to positively respond to the article.

“We came up with #CodyComeHome to show Cody Delistraty and the rest of the world how beautiful the Spokane region is,” says Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO at Visit Spokane. “We thought a positive, tongue-in-cheek approach would have a far better outcome—and it worked! We appreciate the community response.”

The social media effort quickly picked up steam. With dozens and dozens of community members and businesses chiming in with #CodyComeHome.

Visit Spokane also wanted Cody and everyone to know that ultimately, Spokane is a caring city. Mayor David Condon, has led the effort to make this city one of the most compassionate in the nation. The entire month of April is dedicated to volunteerism and giving back to those in need. Thousands and thousands of people in the community give their time to the cause.

Visit Spokane genuinely hopes to greet representatives from The Guardian US in Spokane as well as Cody in the future.

Spokane: there’s a lot to see and a lot to love about this vibrantly natural city.


About Visit Spokane

Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $947 million in 2015, providing jobs for more than 10,000 residents in the region.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2015.