Facebook’s parent company Meta has reportedly signed the largest lease ever in Austin, Texas, as the company seeks to move more of it future growth from the restrictions of California to the freedoms of the Lone Star State.
“The lease is the largest ever in Downtown Austin and larger than the entire Frost Bank Tower in terms of square feet,” local outlet KVUE reported.
“Months of speculation have come to an end as California-based Meta Platforms Inc. — the parent company of Facebook — recently leased the entire commercial half of Sixth and Guadalupe, the 66-story high-rise under construction downtown that will be Austin’s tallest building when finished. The social media company has also pledged hundreds more jobs in the Texas capital,” the Austin Business Journal reported.
The lease includes 589,000 square feet across 33 floors of the skyscraper.
“We first came to Austin over 10 years ago with just seven employees, now over 2,000 of us are proud to call Austin home. We’re committed to Austin and look forward to growing here together,” Katherine Shappley, head of Meta’s Austin office, said.
Meta is not the only California company to make the move to Texas. Elon Musk’s Tesla has already abandoned the Golden State over its government restrictions. Oracle and Hewlett-Packard announced moves as well in recent years. One 2021 study noted one in 10 of the new people moving to Texas in 2020 was from California.
The climate may not match the beaches of sunny southern California, but the business climate is just right. Businesses may care less about the politics of either state and just want to work where there is the best advantage.
But not everyone is celebrating the massive moves by Meta and others. While there is a certain pleasure among conservatives to see policies working well, too much left coast movement could unsettle the policies that have made Texas the nation’s business leader.
The saying, “Don’t love what you left,” will be a strong message during Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s reelection campaign. Those who move to Texas for better business and a better life need to support the conservative views that have made it that way.
If not, the great California refugee movement may eventually become a leftist plan to infiltrate the rest of America with liberal voters. While conservatives have long feared such a plan by making illegal immigrants voters, a similar concern could one day soon emerge among voters moving from liberal states to more conservative locations.
There’s a reason many people believe a leftist like Beto O’Rourke has a shot to win the job of governor in the Lone Star State. Between outside money to fund his campaign and enough new movers to generate new momentum among Democrats, his campaign will get a serious look despite being a joke to native Texans.
Facebook’s move may be good for now, but let’s hope the relocation doesn’t relocate the nation’s position as a conservative hotspot for America.