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Shovel Ready Data Center


North Mankato has been selected as the leading site for shovel-ready Data Center.


Great River Energy enlisted Deloitte Consulting’s Real Estate & Location Strategy (RE&LS) practice to assist in the creation of a data center site assessment and tiered designation program. Deloitte helped with the establishment of the site evaluation criteria and program parameters based on its extensive industry knowledge and experience working with data center clients.

The evaluation process examined each site’s electric power capacity, high bandwidth fiber availability, proximity and capacity of general utility infrastructure, risk of natural and man-made hazards, as well as zoning and surrounding uses.

Great River Energy’s primary (meeting or exceeding all requirements), shovel-ready site at Northport Industrial Park in North Mankato offers 38 acres with room for expansion directly adjacent to high-capacity, redundant electric utility and fiber infrastructure. The site has great transportation access and the surrounding uses are all compatible with a data center development.

“BENCO Electric’s Northport Substation has excellent capacity,” said Tom Lambrecht, manager of economic development services for Great River Energy. “All of the infrastructure investments at this site have been designed with end-user scalability in mind.”

“Since launching this data center site assessment program in 2014, we have gained a deeper understanding of the needs of the industry,” Lambrecht said.  “We look forward to showcasing our designated sites to future partners and allowing them to see why Minnesota is an ideal state for data center development.”

To view in-depth site summaries and photos of each of these certified data center sites, visit econdev.greatriverenergy.com and click on the “Data Center Sites” tab on the upper right-hand side of the page or view the pdf.



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