Raimondo pitches Rhode Island to PayPal execs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov. Gina Raimondo touched base with PayPal executives last week to make good on her vow to woo the company following its cancellation of an expansion in North Carolina, WPRI.com has confirmed.

During a telephone call with PayPal “leadership,” Raimondo tried to sell the tech company’s management on expanding operations into Rhode Island, Raimondo spokeswoman Marie Aberger told WPRI.com.

“As you know, the governor is constantly reaching out to pitch businesses looking to move or expand,” Aberger said.

“In addition to pitching our world-class universities, great location, and efforts to make the state a great place to do business, she is always proud to emphasize that we are a state that is welcoming and inclusive,” she said.

Aberger refused to say what if any follow-up is expected from the call. PayPal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PayPal made national headlines earlier this month when it cancelled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to concerns about a newly enacted law there limiting legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Raimondo was one of a number of governors who said they would make a push to lure PayPal to their states in response.

Aggressive outreach to businesses in other states has been a theme of Raimondo’s first year and a half in office, most notably in the case of General Electric, which she unsuccessfully tried to convince to build its new headquarters in Providence rather than Boston.

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He hosts Executive Suite and writes The Saturday Morning Post. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi

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