Why a major Texas city isn't interested in Amazon's prized HQ2

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

In a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Wednesday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff explained their reasoning.

"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.

Wilke added the high-profile, headlining grabbing gifts from cities like a cactus from Tucson won't sway the company's decision. Birmingham installed three giant Amazon boxes on its downtown sidewalks.

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". Though some cities have seen more jobs created than expected, others have received many fewer than they were promised, while fulfillment centers have created a direct threat to traditional local retailers. However, its hard to blame them for such aggressive wooing - especially since Bezos is promising 50,000 jobs with an average salary of $100,000 on his new campus.

The company's announcement last month that it will pick a second headquarters has sent cities scurrying to meet an October 19th deadline. "Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes our economy, our skilled workforce, and our quality of life", they wrote, noting that three of the nation's top-five fastest growing cities are in Texas: Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

"We're not seeing a lot of communities ask [about] this as they bend over backwards to get Amazon to put down stakes in their communities", he said.

After exploring a potential bid for Amazon's HQ2, the City of San Antonio says it's no longer going to submit a proposal.

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