Tesla’s new global HQ opens

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – “We needed a place where we could be really big. And there’s no place like Texas, ”Tesla CEO Elon Musk said to a cheering crowd of thousands.

Musk, dressed in a cowboy hat and sunglasses, thanked Austin and Travis County.

He said they’re still expanding in California, and that Giga Texas is the largest factory in the world by volume.

Musk also said the company is entering a new phase with its sixth factory and new global headquarters in Travis County.

“It’s also going to be better for the environment, because we want to make the cars where the customers are, and not put them on ships across the oceans, so it’s going to be way better to make the cars locally,” he said during his speech, which was also live streamed online.

CS Freeland, founding executive director of a start-up called the Austin Venture Association, helped set up for the party and attended it.

“The entrepreneurship ecosystem here in town is growing, and that’s one of the reasons we started the Austin Venture Association, is to help startup founders here in the region,” she said. “And obviously having Elon Musk and all his portfolio companies in town, I think is really going to help attract even more energy to it.”

Freeland added the tech scene has “exploded” in Austin.

“Just the spirit of entrepreneurship, it’s the wild wild west, y’all!” she said.

The Cyber ​​Rodeo included live music, carnival games, art installations, and was capped off with fireworks.

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