Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has outlined plans to build a $5 billion second headquarters in North America, promising to create up to 50,000 new high-paying jobs and make a significant investment in the city that meets its strict criteria and offers the most generous tax cuts and other incentives.

In a statement, the e-commerce giant confirmed that its new second home will be “fully equal” to its Seattle office, before detailing a lengthy checklist of what it expects its new headquarters to offer. Amazon wants its new location to be in a metropolitan area of more than a million people, with easy access to both a major highway and an international airport.

The company also requested that interested cities provide evidence of fiber optic internet connections, a coverage map showing cell phone service, traffic congestion figures and a list of universities in the area, together with statistics on the qualifications of local workers.

Bidding War Expected

Amazon’s lengthy demands aren’t expected to deter cities from engaging in a bidding war. According to Reuters, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Toronto, St. Louis, Miami and the state of Kentucky almost immediately confirmed their intention to bid. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that San Diego and states such as Michigan have also been vocal about their interest.

A high level of early interest suggests that Amazon may be offered a number of additional sweeteners, including tax breaks, to win it over. In the company’s statement about the project, Amazon even mentioned that new laws may be required to drive through the high level of incentives necessary to command its attention.

Several other major companies, including Foxconn Technology Group, Boeing Co (BA), Tesla Inc. (TSLA) and Aetna Inc. (AET), have previously been offered generous tax subsidies for moving offices. Amazon, too, has been the recipient of several generous public subsidies in the past.

According to a report published last year by The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonpartisan research and advocacy group, Amazon received forms of public subsidies totaling at least $613 million for 40 of the 77 warehouses it built from 2005 to 2014. The report, cited by the New York Times, adds that additional subsidies for Amazon data centers came in at about $147 million.

Brazen Request

Given that Amazon is well aware of the level of subsidies usually on offer for such projects, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, told the Times that the e-commerce giant’s plea for “special incentive legislation” is “pretty brazen.” She added: “Cities and states have a wide array of tools for giving corporations tax incentives and subsidies. So the notion that Amazon is imagining a deal of such magnitude that it would require special legislation is pretty brazen.”

Generous subsidies aside, Amazon’s decision to open a second headquarters may have also been motivated by the various challenges it faces in its native Seattle. They include rocketing housing costs, fierce competition for tech industry talent and heavy traffic.

Some analysts and investors also argued that Amazon’s decision to spread across the country could provide an ideal platform to cut costs and risks, as well as making it easier for the conglomerate to one day be broken up into separate entities. (See also: Amazon Hit With Irma Price-Gouging Complaints.)

“The company is changing radically and it depends so heavily on disruptive thinking. Moving to a new city and finding a new talent pool is a good idea,” Antony Karabus, chief executive of HRC Retail Advisory, told Reuters. (See also: Amazon a Buy With $1,800 PT by 2022: DA Davidson.)

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