San Antonio Drops from Race to Become Amazon's Second Headquarters

Officials from San Antonio sent a letter to Jeff Bezos on Wednesday letting the Amazon CEO know that the Texas city will not be submitting a formal proposal to the Seattle-based tech giant to land its second headquarters location.

"We've always been impressed by Amazon and its bold view of the future", they wrote.

What Nirenberg says the city and county won't do is play into a bidding war. According to their letter, Wolff and Nirenberg believe a winning incentive package for HQ2 will probably exceed the $3 billion the state of Wisconsin recently dolled out to Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. Tuscon sent the company a 21-foot cactus. The mayor and judge say they're still open to Amazon coming here but suggest Amazon may already have a city in mind. Compared to Hulu's recent decision to build a new service center in San Antonio - a deal promising 500 jobs that (mostly) pay over $15 an hour - it's a grand slam.

But despite being impressed by Amazon and its "bold view of the future", the officials said that "blindly giving away the farm isn't our style".

The letter also notes that while San Antonio has proposals to grow in ways that would better suit what Amazon is looking for in a headquarters for their next city, lots of money is already allocated to accomplish goals like addressing childhood education, improving downtown neighborhoods, creating more affordable housing, addressing climate change, and creating a more active and healthy community. "Now and in the future, we're working to ensure that San Antonio is a good choice for any company", Nirenberg and Wolff write. "I suspect the company already knew where they were going before they made the announcement", Councilman Rey Saldaña told the San Antonio Express-News.

"It's not that we wouldn't love to have Amazon select Santonio".

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