According to The Hill, an Austin-area man is offering Tesla CEO Elon Musk 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of free land.
A Central Texas rancher, Jim Schwertner, is president and CEO of Schwertner Farms Inc, said in a tweet Tuesday, April 26:
“Elon Musk, Move Twitter to Schwertner, TX. 38 Miles North of Austin in Williamson County, and we will give you 100 Acres for FREE.”
“We think this is a place to have new technology,” Schwertner stated, according to The Hill. “This has always been a rural area for agriculture, but it’s changing fast. And so we thought, why not let Elon Musk be the catalyst to make it happen?
The rancher told the Texas media outlet, Austonia, that he believes Musk is the best thing that ever happened to Texas and that bringing Twitter to the state would generate jobs and boost the economy, so that would be a win-win for everyone.
“This area is exploding and we want to be part of this explosive growth,” Schwertner added.
“I just think with all the stuff he’s done, he evidently likes Texas, right or he wouldn’t have moved from California,” he opined. “And I want to be part of his plan if he’ll come visit with us.”
Last year, Musk officially moved Tesla’s headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. Musk’s SpaceX and The Boring Company are also headquartered in Texas.
The rancher, who manages just over 8,000 acres of land north of Georgetown, also noted he comes from an entrepreneurial family that has always tried to help communities. “I think my offer is a serious gesture to help the citizens around Williamson County,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott was enthused about Schwertner’s idea and spoke about the offer in a tweet.
“I will declare it a “Free Speech Zone.”‘ Maybe we can rename it Twitter, Texas. Think about it, @elonmusk,” the governor tweeted.
Texas man offers Elon Musk 100 acres of FREE land to move Twitter's headquarters.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 28, 2022
I will declare it a "Free Speech Zone"
Maybe we can rename it Twitter, Texas.
Think about it .@elonmusk https://t.co/Y5UGy2qKpX via @chron
Twitter’s current headquarters is in San Francisco, California, but following Musk’s purchase of the social media platform on Monday, a groundswell of support has been generated to relocate it to Texas.
We’ll have to see how Musk responds to that. So far, Schwertner said, he has not yet received a response, “but I’m standing by,” he said.