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After 70 years in the Bay Area, the Bay Area Council today (April 1) announced it is pulling up stakes and moving to Texas. “Our work here is done,” said Council CEO Jim Wunderman. “Texas’ problems are Texas big. The Council has always focused on solving difficult challenges and Texas has got plenty of them.” The Council had been eyeing a move out of the Bay Area for many years as a parade of governors from other states have visited and highlighted California’s many competitive disadvantages, including its booming economy, world-class universities, unparalleled workforce, unrivaled innovation culture and its stunning natural beauty. Wunderman said the Council was finally swayed by a recent opinion article by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that declared the Lone Star State the new “Tech Mecca.”

hornlogoWunderman said it didn’t matter that among the 10 largest public companies headquartered in Texas, not a single one was a technology company. “Texas is a big state and I’m sure there are some tech companies somewhere down there,” Wunderman said. The decision to leave behind iconic Bay Area-based companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Oracle, Twitter, Genentech, Airbnb and Salesforce was difficult, Wunderman said, but “when the siren call of the Texas Tech Mecca beckoned we couldn’t resist.” The Council plans to make its move in the next several months after putting the finishing touches on fixing the Bay Area’s housing and traffic problems and solving the drought, among a few other loose ends. “We don’t want to leave the place in a complete shambles,” Wunderman said

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