After enticing General Electric to plant a new software engineering office in Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo is setting her sights on PayPal, SolarCity and other firms she hopes could transform the smallest state's lagging economy into a high-tech hub.
The Democrat is not the only governor making direct appeals to CEOs and offering generous state incentives, but the zeal of her efforts has attracted attention.
GE Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Bornstein has said Raimondo was so relentless and persuasive that the company committed to a new GE Digital office in Providence even after choosing Boston for its new headquarters.
With PayPal, it was the North Carolina transgender bathroom law that sparked Raimondo's action. Her talks with PayPal began after the company canceled a planned Charlotte office in protest.