City of San Antonio says 'no' to Amazon

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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.