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Key Factors in Identifying Data Center/Technology Site

  • What does a data center model entail, how does this assist in the site selection process?
  • How to find an industry specific data center site
  • What does “shovel ready” mean?  How to prepare sites for development to fit an industry standard such as a data center standard
  • When are these studies appropriate
  • The risks eliminated by completing data center studies for development on a site

In commercial real estate development, the term “shovel ready” is oftentimes used. This term indicates that a property has the basic necessities of water, sewer, natural gas, and electricity. While these might be enough for basic industrial sites, we have found that there are more factors to consider for Data Centers and other technology buildings. It is important that a firm looking to purchase property for Data Center or Technology purposes considers all risks involved regarding the location and understand the requirements for their needs. Ultimately, the goal of purchasing new sites is to make money, so will it make sense financially?

We will be going over all of this and more during this workshop. Feel free to join and invite anyone in your network who you think would find this information valuable.

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Feb 24 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/Chicago
  • Date: Feb 24 2021
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


  • .Jeff Gilmer | Excipio Consulting
    .Jeff Gilmer | Excipio Consulting
    Business Development Manager

    A senior partner with Excipio Consulting has more than thirty years’ experience in business, technology, and finance. He is a hands-on leader, recognized for exceptional management, process, methodology, and business acumen. He is effective in both restoring and building organizations through improved long-term process improvement and implementation of solid scalable methodologies. Excipio has completed hundreds of Data Center assessments in recent years, for small and large public and private sector organizations.

  • Bruce Sayler
    Bruce Sayler
    Principal, Connexus Energy

    Bruce Sayler currently holds the position of Principal –Community and Economic Development and manages the economic development strategies at Connexus Energy. Today, he works exclusively with communities in attracting and retaining businesses in the north metro area of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Bruce has been in the energy field for over 30 years managing areas from their largest commercial accounts to launching several innovative energy related demonstration projects. Recently, Bruce helped lead the creation and development of the Anoka County Regional Economic Development initiative and is currently leading the MN Technology Corridor initiative.

  • Jacquel Hajder
    Jacquel Hajder
    Economic Development Specialist at Anoka County

    Jacquel is the Economic Development Specialist at Anoka County, overseeing the Anoka County Regional Economic Development Partnership (ACRED). ACRED is a partnership between Anoka County and 21 communities in order to strengthen the existing business and economic landscape, along with attracting new investment to the region. Jacquel works directly on behalf of the communities to market the region’s assets, bring stakeholders together, respond to projects, and work with area businesses and real estate professionals to ensure continued investment in Anoka County. In her leadership role, Jacquel tackles upfront action steps and ongoing strategic plans outlined in the County’s Economic Development Roadmap.

  • Mark Statz
    Mark Statz
    City Administrator and City Engineer for the City of Centerville, MN

    Mark Statz is the City Administrator and City Engineer for the City of Centerville. Centerville is a town of 4,000 people in southeast Anoka County with two recreational lakes and a strong sense of community, having been founded in 1857. Prior to Mark taking over the Administrator’s position, in 2017, he served as the city’s consulting City Engineer; a position which he has held since 2007. Mark is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is an active member of the City Engineer’s Association of Minnesota, serving on the Standards and Specifications Committee. During Mark’s 18 years as a consulting engineer working on municipal projects and serving as city engineer to various committees, he has attended over 600 City Council meetings, giving him a unique perspective on city government.