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Tom LambrechtTom Lambrecht
Manager, EconomicDevelopment Services
Great River Energy

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Great River Energy is a leader in data center site selection services and was the first in Minnesota to develop a site assessment program specifically for your data center development. Our expertise, combined with one of the most aggressive state incentive programs, provides increased speed-to-market and long-term operational savings for your data center.

Site Selection Services




Inventory of available, pre-qualified sites

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Introductions to business and community leaders

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Analysis of available incentives

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Coordination of site tours and field visits.

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Research and location analysis

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Management of electrical infrastructure requirements

Our site assessment and tiered designation program is based upon leading site selection best practices for data center development. We work with our member cooperatives to identify, evaluate and rank available sites within our service area.


location evaluation

Our assessments are based on a detailed list of criteria, developed with the help of Deloitte Consulting’s Real Estate and Location Strategy Practice, a partner that has tremendous experience assisting data center clients in their site selection process.



  • Zoning/proximate uses
  • Roadway access
  • Airport access.
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Available Utility Resources

  • Electric
  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Natural gas
  • Fiber
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Site Security

  • Risk of natural disasters
  • Distance from rail infrastructure
  • Distance from gas transmission line
  • Distance from flight paths
  • Distance from nuclear power plants
  • Distance from chemical plants
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Community Overview

  • Population
  • Labor force
  • Housing
  • Employment and income statistics
  • Local government and services
  • Higher education

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