"We're not going to play the incentive game and mortgage our future to bring them here. It won't surprise anyone if the winning incentive package exceeds the $3 billion that Wisconsin gave Foxconn, last month".
Tuscon, Arizona reportedly sent a 21-foot cactus to Bezos and a town in Georgia offered to rename some of its land "the city of Amazon". However, its hard to blame them for such aggressive wooing - especially since Bezos is promising 50,000 jobs with an average salary of $100,000 on his new campus. But, as both Nirenberg and Wolff write, that massive economic win isn't worth the fight to win Bezos' affection.
"Blindly giving away the farm isn't our style... no metropolitan area meets all of the criteria in your RFP [request for proposal]". Plus, they and other city leaders believe he's already made his pick.
The letter also notes that while San Antonio has proposals to grow in ways that would better suit what Amazon is looking for in a headquarters for their next city, lots of money is already allocated to accomplish goals like addressing childhood education, improving downtown neighborhoods, creating more affordable housing, addressing climate change, and creating a more active and healthy community.
The two called Amazon out for starting a bidding war among states and cities when the company likely already knows where it's headed. Still, the withdrawal letter ends with an open invitation instead of a slammed door. "If you choose to join a city of the future, we would love to have you in San Antonio".