North Carolina’s loss could be Baltimore County’s gain.
The county is trying to lure a 400-person global operations center initially planned for North Carolina. That was before the state passed a controversial law that supporters say protects religious freedom but detractors say legalizes discrimination.
PayPal nixed its plans to open the center in North Carolina after its governor signed a law stripping local jurisdictions’ power to create LGBT non-discrimination policies and requiring residents to use the bathroom of their biological sex.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he has the perfect place for PayPal’s center, noting that the company already has a presence here.
“We have the financial, cyber, software engineering and experienced operations talent ready for PayPal to recruit. Our workforce development team already has helped the PayPal Hunt Valley operations center successfully find qualified workers,” Kamenetz said in a statement. “With rapid communications connecting operations centers to the world, it makes sense for PayPal to consider expanding its Hunt Valley operations. We look forward to the conversation.”