San Diego Business Journal

Austin Vies for Websense as Company Considers Its Relocation Options

By Brad Graves Friday, February 21, 2014

San Diego-based Websense Inc. may be considering more than one city as its new headquarters location. Meanwhile, city leaders in Austin, Texas, have OK’d an incentive package to bring Websense to their city, sweetening a multimillion-dollar deal offered by the state government.

According to an account in the Austin American-Statesman, Websense CFO Jim Hagan told the council on Feb. 20 that several cities are in the running for the company’s headquarters, and that incentives will play a key role in Websense’s choice to move to Austin. Hagan offered no further details, according to the report.

“Austin is not the most low-cost city,” the American-Statesman reported Hagan as saying.

Websense officials were not immediately available for comment on the report.

Under the deal, approved by the Austin City Council on Feb. 20, Austin will offer Websense $438,000 in exchange for the company staying in Austin for 10 years.

That is in addition to $4.5 million offered by the Texas state government.

Also on Feb. 20, the Austin City Council approved incentives to bring the headquarters of San Francisco-based Dropbox Inc. to the city.