Boston landed the big prize with the relocation from Connecticut of General Electric, but Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday the state is continuing talks with GE about the possibility of bringing other jobs to the Ocean State.
In her first public comments on Rhode Island's pursuit of GE, Raimondo said in a statement, “We worked diligently to recruit GE’s headquarters to Rhode Island -- and we'll remain relentless in our efforts to bring jobs to the state."
"We are thrilled by the great interest GE expressed, particularly in our new economic development tools," Raimondo continued. "We remain in active discussions with GE about the potential to locate other operations jobs in Rhode Island, and we are hopeful that the company's move just up the road will improve the chances of that happening.”
Boston was generally considered a front-runner in the high-stakes sweepstakes to land GE, due to the vibrancy of its economy and the vigor of its tech sector.
"Rhode Island’s was one of the strongest pitches of any state’s, and they were a finalist in our process," GE spokesman Seth Martin said. "The governor and her team, along with Rhode Island’s delegation in Washington, led an outstanding process. Although GE has decided to locate its corporate headquarters in Boston, we remain in discussion with Rhode Island about locating GE jobs in the state in the future.”
Following media reports Wednesday morning, GE later confirmed it will be moving its headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston's Seaport District.
"GE aspires to be the most competitive company in the world,” GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said in a statement. “Today, GE is a $130 billion high-tech global industrial company, one that is leading the digital transformation of industry. We want to be at the center of an ecosystem that shares our aspirations. Greater Boston is home to 55 colleges and universities. Massachusetts spends more on research & development than any other region in the world, and Boston attracts a diverse, technologically-fluent workforce focused on solving challenges for the world. We are excited to bring our headquarters to this dynamic and creative city.”
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