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Amazon's Second Headquarters Rejected by San Antonio

Amazon started on a search for the second destination for a second headquarters and many would expect cities to line up for the opportunity. The first headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington. While many cities did throw their hat in the ring trying to lure Amazon, San Antonio wasn't so keen on the idea. Instead, San Antonio rejected the idea of becoming the home of Amazon's HQ2.

Texas May be the State, but San Antonio isn't the City

The senators of Texas, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, believe they can lure the giant retailer to Texas. They told the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos that, “Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes our economy, our skilled workforce, and our quality of life.”

When the state put in a bid for the second headquarters, it had plenty to offer with three of the five fastest growing cities in the country found in Texas: Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. While Cornyn and Cruz believe the HQ2 will end up in Texas, it won't be San Antonio.

It's a "No" from San Antonio

While Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff understand Amazon would bring 50,000 new jobs to the area, they also understand what it would mean to host Amazon. They countered the letter from Cornyn and Cruz with a letter of their own taking a hard stance on the issue.

Wolff and Nirenberg claim that Amazon already knows where they will put their new HQ2 and they wanted nothing to do with a bidding war. Amazon requires a large airport and plenty of downtown office space, which may not have been met by the city, anyway. San Antonio also has a thriving business community and this rejection shows the city doesn't need Amazon. Therefore, the city's position is now strengthened, since they are also the second most populated city in Texas.

No Groveling from San Antonio

While nobody can deny how massive Amazon is and the market share they have gobbled up, it was a noble decision for San Antonio to say "no" to the retail giant. The city leaders didn't see the need to grovel at the feet of this giant company because they may potentially provide some jobs to the city.

San Antonio already has five companies from the Fortune 500 list including iHeartMedia Inc., CST Brands, and USAA. In addition, there are several other very big companies already found in San Antonio. The city is also home to a vibrant nightlife, plenty of culture, incredible restaurants, great attractions and so much to see and do. It would have been a privilege for those working at the HQ2 if they were able to enjoy what the city has to offer.

Amazon may have boosted the economy or they may have caused more damage than good. Employment in San Antonio still remains at a steady level without the retail and tech giant moving in.

Where Might Amazon Go?

While San Antonio won't be the home for the Amazon HQ2, Cornyn and Cruz did succeed by getting Amazon to choose both Austin and Dallas as possible cities for the HQ2. A final decision hasn't been made yet, however.

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