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San Antonio refuses to bid for Amazon HQ2: ‘Giving away the farm isn’t our style’

Amazon’s call for North American cities to bid for a chance to become home to its second headquarters (HQ2) has caused quite a feeding frenzy. But with applications due in one week, some cities are deciding that the competition isn’t worth it.

Yesterday, San Antonio, Texas mayor Ron Nirenberg penned an open letter announcing that his city would not be submitting the paperwork necessary to bid for Amazon’s HQ2.

“Blindly giving away the farm isn’t our style,” Mayor Nirenberg and co-author and Bexar County judge Nelson Wolff wrote. “It has to be the right fit, not just for the company but for the entire community. Does it create good jobs? Does it offer good benefits for employees? Are there opportunities for small businesses? Is the company a good ‘corporate citizen’?”

Erica Hurtak, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, gave the San Antonio Business Journal a statement explaining that the foundation had determined San Antonio…


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