A resident of the US state of Texas, the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Schwertner Farms, Jim Schwertner, is offering a free area of 100 acres for Elon Musk to move Twitter’s headquarters from San Francisco, Calif., to Austin. The land, which is equivalent to 404,686 square meters or 40 hectares, would be donated at no cost.
The lot offered is 61 km north of the city of Austin, in Williamson County, said the executive, who took to Twitter to launch the proposal. Musk bought the social network in an operation estimated at US$ 44 billion (R$ 214 billion).
The South African billionaire has yet to publicly comment on the offer.
“Elon Musk, move Twitter to Schwerther, TX [Texas]. 38 miles north of Austin in Willamson County and we’ll give you 100 acres for free,” Schwertner wrote.
Elon Musk, Move Twitter to Schwertner, TX. 38 Miles North of Austin in Williamson County, and we will give you 100 Acres for FREE
— Jim Schwertner (@JimSchwertner1) April 26, 2022
To the North American website Austonia, from Texas, Schwerther confirmed the free offer of the land. He believes that moving Twitter’s headquarters would boost the local economy, creating new jobs.
He says he is hopeful about the move because Musk already has the headquarters of Tesla, which is in Austin, and the Boring Company, which is based in Plugerville, in Texas.
The fact that Meta and TikTok recently opened offices in the same city could also weigh on the billionaire’s decision, says the resident.
“We think it’s a good idea. (…) This area is exploding and we want to be a part of that explosive growth. I just think with all the things he’s done, he evidently likes Texas, right or he wouldn’t have moved from California,” Schwertner told the local website.
Support from the Governor of Texas
The idea eventually gained endorsement from Greg Abbot, governor of Texas. He asked Elon Musk to “think about it”, and even proposed to change the name of the county (administrative subdivision subordinated to cities in the United States) to Twitter.
“I will declare it a ‘Free Speech Zone’ Maybe we can rename it to Twitter, Texas,” he promised.
Texas man offers Elon Musk 100 acres of FREE land to move Twitter’s headquarters.
I will declare it a “Free Speech Zone”
Maybe we can rename it Twitter, Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 28, 2022
Although the Twitter purchase agreement has been confirmed, Elon Musk still does not have the power to command the social network, as the sale still needs to be evaluated by local regulatory bodies.
The transaction is expected to close in 2022.