Rhode Island in talks with PayPal about operations center

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials say payments company PayPal has been in daily contact with them about the possibility of moving an operations center to the state.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor tells the Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/2bVVhfQ ) his team is fielding questions from the San Jose, California-based company on a day-to-day basis.

He says Rhode Island leaders helped organize a tour of several properties around the state, including a vacant skyscraper in downtown Providence known as the Superman building. WPRI-TV reported last week about PayPal’s interest in the building.

PayPal has been searching for a new office site after canceling plans to open a 400-employee operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, a move in protest of the state’s law requiring people to use bathrooms matching the gender assigned to them at birth.

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