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Potawatomi to Offer Tribal Blessing at Groundbreaking of $36 Million Data Center

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The Potawatomi Business Development Corporation (PBDC), the economic diversification arm of the Forest County Potawatomi (FCP), plans to hold a tribal blessing ceremony when the Potawatomi break ground on their new $36 million wholesale data center on Monday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

Situated on the tribe's 11-acre Concordia Trust Property site, located in historic, inner-city Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the two-story, 45,000-square-foot data center, named Data Holdings, LLC has attracted strong potential tenant interest. The site location also poses no threats to disrupt power or connectivity in the vacinity, and as such jeopardize data access and integrity.

Among the businesses that have signed letters of intent: Milwaukee Institute, a non-profit information technology organization that provides cloud-based-technical computing systems, plans to locate its third phase of storage and computing resources there.

The new data center will meet an unfulfilled need in southeastern Wisconsin. Currently one does not exist with the level and scale of technology that Data Holdings will offer, said Dan McGrath, a 30-year veteran in the data center industry, in a statement. The center's close proximity to Illinois also increase its value to Chicago and Northern Illinois businesses.

McGrath is founder of TMI and co-founder and CEO of NewAge Data Solutions. TMI, one of the nation's leading data center services companies, will design the Data Holdings center. NewAge Data Center Solutions, a TMI affiliate, will manage marketing, sales and operations.

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The whole center's data suites will offer tenants a cost-effective, flexible, secure and highly reliable IT facility to serve as their primary data center or as a secondary disaster recovery data center. Ideal tenants are medium- to large-sized businesses that need at least 1,000 square-feet of information storage space but prefer not to invest in building their own site.

In addition to its commitment to providing regional users with facilities appropriate for their administrative computing needs, Data Holdings is building a modern datacenter with redundant power, cooling and communications capabilities required for high-performance research computing systems, said Jay Bayne, PhD, Executive Director, Milwaukee Institute. We’re proud to support Data Holdings in addressing the region’s growing appetite for academic and commercial research computing applications. Both of these activities require secure high-availability space for and fast network access to large and expanding data storage resources.

Besides serving tenant information storage needs, Data Holdings will also support the technology infrastructure for the FCP’s Milwaukee-area business and tribal government operations.

“We are grateful to tribal leadership past and present for their vision and commitment to the data center and broader development projects at the Concordia site,” said Kip Ritchie, the chief operating officer of PBDC and a Potawatomi Tribal member.

Greenfire Management Services, a tribally-owned firm and subsidiary of PBDC, will lead the construction. Tenant occupancy is targeted for the second quarter of 2013. Both construction and the operation will create many new job opportunities for tribal members and Milwaukee residents.