SAN ANTONIO - The city of San Antonio will not submit a proposal to become the home of Amazon's second headquarters, according to a letter sent to CEO Jeff Bezos by city leaders on Wednesday.
The letter signed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff reads "Sure, we (San Antonio) have a competitive toolkit of incentives, but blindly giving away the farm isn't our style. San Antonio has had a long history of successfully attracting and retaining global companies by smartly finding the right mix of incentives and opportunities to make our community the perfect location for long-term investment. It has to be the right fight; not just for the company but for the entire community."
City leaders made the decision to withdraw from the formal Amazon proposal process because it "would not be a good use of the incentives available at the local level," according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.
The letter to Bezos emphasizes that while San Antonio is focused on future development, leaders want the city to be able to attract any company – instead of just Amazon.
The city's announcement came hours after Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn urged Bezos to consider a Texas city for the second headquarters and pointed to San Antonio as a possible location.
San Antonio's letter made no reference to the Texas senators.
Amazon publically requested North American cities to submit proposals on why the online retailer should build its second headquarters there. The Seattle-based company predicts it will invest $5 billion in construction and bring 50,000 jobs to the city of its choice.
Amazon is expected to choose a location by 2018.