Editorial: To PayPal -- HB2 isn't forever, let's stay friends
Posted October 31, 2016
Updated November 3, 2016
A CBC Editorial: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016; Editorial# 8075
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting
The following is a letter sent this morning from Capitol Broadcasting Company President and CEO Jim Goodmon to PayPal President Dan Schulman.
Dear Mr. Schulman:
Sometimes things just don’t work out.
We were delighted when PayPal announced it was bringing more jobs to North Carolina. We were disappointed, days later, when PayPal said it would not, because of House Bill 2, move ahead with the operations center in Charlotte. But we respect your decision to do what you think is best for your company and employees.
We are concerned that you are getting the wrong idea about North Carolina. Some of our officials have been publicly critical of individuals and organizations because of their opposition to HB2. That’s burning bridges. It just is not the North Carolina way of doing business. Mutual respect is what we’re talking about.
You may have gotten the impression, with the demand to return the ceremonial wood bowl presented to you as a gift, that we’re sore losers. No way. What’s done, is done. HB2 eventually will be taken care of by the courts or the legislature.
We want to look past all that, to the future. We are confident there will be more opportunities for PayPal to expand and hope that you will include North Carolina in your list of options.
Please accept our gift to you – an urn made by Ben Owen III, one of North Carolina’s premier artisans -- as a small expression of our gratitude for the jobs and investment PayPal has in North Carolina now.
Ben’s roots in pottery go back to his family’s arrival in North Carolina in the late 1750s. From his studio in Seagrove, he has produced works that are in collections at the Smithsonian and on display around the world.
When you use and look at this beautiful piece, we hope you’ll think of what it represents – North Carolina’s great quality of life and innovative, hardworking, educated workforce.
When you start another search to accommodate your company’s growth, give us a call. We look forward to talking about future opportunities – both here in the Triangle and throughout North Carolina – where Paypal and our state can continue to grow and prosper together.