City of San Antonio says 'no' to Amazon

(MGN Online)

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced Tuesday that the city will not pursue housing a second Amazon headquarters anymore.

“We know that Amazon and San Antonio are culturally compatible and that we both have eyes strategically set on the future,” said Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, SAEDF president and CEO. “Smart growth, municipal resiliency and connectivity are areas we plan for and invest in today. Our decision regarding the Amazon RFP serves as a testament to our dedication to be good stewards of the economic incentives San Antonio has to offer businesses.“

An open letter to the company's CEO states "we have a competitive toolkit of incentives, but blindly giving away the farm isn't our style."

Read the full letter here:

The letter also says the process is causing a bidding war between cities.

"We've long been impressed by Amazon and its bold view of the future. Given this, it's hard to imagine that a forward-thinking company like Amazon hasn't already selected its preferred location. And, if that's the case, then this public process is, intentionally or not, creating a bidding war amongst states and cities," the letter read.

An Amazon headquarters location would've brought thousands of jobs to the city. The letter states that should the company choose a city in the future, San Antonio would love to have it.

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