Miami Mayor Francis Suarez invited Twitter to maneuver to town amid Elon Musk’s $44 billion buyout of the social-media firm.
“We’d like to have Twitter right here,” Suarez stated Friday throughout an interview at a Bloomberg Energy Gamers occasion in Miami. “We expect what he’s making an attempt to perform with Twitter dovetails very properly with the model of town of Miami.”
Suarez, who famous town’s progress in each tech-job creation and migration, stated he hadn’t but talked to Musk a few potential transfer however pointed to different corporations including workplace area within the metropolis, together with Microsoft. Suarez stated there had additionally been speak about Apple and Cisco Methods.
“I feel we’re on the cusp of getting one thing large, like, you understand, Jeff Bezos shifting right here or Elon Musk shifting right here,” Suarez stated.
Miami and Austin, Texas, are rising tech hubs. However to Suarez, there’s no contest.
“There’s no person in Sao Paulo or Paris, or, you understand, or another a part of the world saying, ‘Man, I can’t wait to get on that aircraft to Austin,’ ” he stated to widespread laughter. “It’s not a world metropolis. I don’t suppose they might argue that they’re a world metropolis. I feel Miami is a worldwide metropolis.”
Final month, the state’s finance chief advocated Twitter shifting to Florida in a letter to Musk. Gov. Ron DeSantis stated he wouldn’t attempt to lure the corporate to the Sunshine State as a result of it will improve residing bills for residents.
Suarez was requested on the convention about Florida’s controversial dispute with Walt Disney Co., after the corporate criticized laws signed by DeSantis that positioned limits on grade faculty instruction about sexual orientation and gender identification. The mayor stated he thinks youngsters needs to be studying about sexuality from their mother and father.
“On the similar time, we’ve a thriving LGBTQ neighborhood right here in Miami, and that’s one thing that we additionally imagine in nurturing,” he stated. “It’s a part of our identification, like a part of the range of our metropolis is that we do have that, and we embrace that. And I’m a Republican, I’m not ashamed to say that.”
Suarez stated that he hadn’t talked to DeSantis in three years and that he regretted the lack of Kara Swisher’s Pivot convention in Miami due to the controversy.
“These ideological battles have actual penalties. Proper, they usually have an effect on individuals, they have an effect on individuals’s lives, they have an effect on individuals’s jobs,” he stated. “And I feel that’s one thing we’ve obtained to actually be conscientious of.”