|. . . or as we like to call it: First Place Amongst Non-Medalists. We're talking about data center locations. JLL's Brian Oley recentlyanalyzed a few favorable locations for the various types of data centers across the US. Chicago scored very well, given the study's weighting of favor to fiber and network connectivity. Chicago also scored well in the category of workforce technical skill, with the strong availability of IT labor, Brian says. Our weakness? The weather, of course. Snow and wind can sometimes hinder mission critical (fancy word for data center) operations; plus we have a relatively higher-than-average cost of power. In 2010, data centers are likely to consume an estimated 3% of the total energy production. Hence, generating and utilizing clean, efficient, and inexpensive (or possible discounted rates in the case of Chicago) power could help the city attract more enterprise data center users, Brian says. On that topic, Ascent recently announced the CH2 data center development in Northlake.