by Bliss Davis
Dear Mr. Schulman,
Greetings from Cleveland, Ohio!
Your company's withdrawal from North Carolina is a testament to PayPal's values. The City of Cleveland shares those same values. We would like to invite you and your site selection committee to visit Cleveland and consider this welcoming city as an alternative location for PayPal's global operations center.
As the host of the 2014 Gay Games, Cleveland is a city that proudly flies the pride flag above Cleveland City Hall. In addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Clinic, and one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world, Cleveland had more amenities than can fit on this page.
As the signatories of this invitation suggest, your company would be embraced by a wide variety of stakeholders and a highly educated workforce with city, county, and state resources at the ready to attract a company like yours.
In a recent study comparing the top 40 metropolitan areas in the United States by Cleveland State University's Center for Population Dynamics titled "The Fifth Migration: A Study of Cleveland Millennials", Cleveland stood out:
The region gained nearly 7,000 more millennia's with a college degree. Cleveland was tied for 8th in the nation with Seattle and Miami in the percent gain of college-degreed young adults.
4.9% of Cleveland workers aged 25 to 34 had an advanced degree, ranking the metro 7th[in the U.S.]. Cleveland's gain in concentration of highly-educated workers continued into 2013: 15.9% of millennial workers had an advanced degree, good for 8th in the nation.
It would be great to add PayPal to the list of companies that either call the Cleveland area home or have a significant presence here. Companies such as Key Bank, Sherwin Williams, Eaton Corporation, Lubrizol, Progressive Insurance, Lincoln Electric, Forest City Realty Trust, S&P Data and Nestle to name a few.
We again applaud you for your principled exit from North Carolina and hope you seriously consider this invitation to locate your global center in Cleveland, Ohio.