SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio and Bexar County officials said they will not pursue Amazon's second headquarters, choosing not to get in a bidding war with North American cities.
"Sure, we have a competitive toolkit of incentives, but blindly giving away the farm isn't our style," San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff wrote in a letter to Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos exclusively obtained by KSAT-12.
A request for proposals for Amazon HQ2 -- the retailer's second North American headquarters -- was announced in September. The company said, "We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs -- it will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle."
Other Texas cities have also expressed interest in Amazon. Today, Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz sent Bezos a letter encouraging the company to consider the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
"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," Nirenberg and Wolff said.
Amazon's website said it estimates its invested an additional $38 billion to Seattle's economy, a reason local leaders hinted takes them out of the bidding.
"To be fair, no metropolitan area meets all of the criteria in your RFP. That is why so many states and cities are attempting to lure Amazon largely using incentives. It won't surprise anyone if the winning incentive package exceeds the $3 billion that Wisconsin gave Foxconn, last month," Nirenberg and Wolff said.
The pair did write that they'd still welcome Amazon.
"Our message to you is that San Antonio, like Amazon, is focused on the future, and we're doing something about it. Now and in the future, we're working to ensure that San Antonio is a good choice for any company. If you choose to join a city of the future, we would love to have you in San Antonio," they said.