Lindsay Alderman Joins the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2013

We are pleased to announce that our Client Operations Manager, Lindsay Alderman, has joined the elite ranks of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty under 40 class of 2013. This honor recognizes that she is among some of the city’s most driven, talented and philanthropic young business leaders that are making a difference.

Candidates are nominated based on both professional success and involvement with community and non-profit organizations. Winners are then chosen by a panel of previous recipients who examine the nominees’ job responsibilities, special projects, board participation, awards and distinguished recognitions in order to make their decision.

“I was surprised, honored and excited to hear that I was a part of this year’s Forty under 40 list,” Alderman explained. “I am extremely passionate about Des Moines and am proud to be grouped with others that share my determination to make it a city of innovation, growth and leadership. Each of my fellow honorees have already demonstrated such impressive strength and accomplishment in their short careers, so I can only imagine the amazing potential the future holds for each of them and what it will mean for the Midwest.”

LightEdge would like to congratulate the entire class of 2013 on their achievements and contributions to Des Moines. Whether they have paved the way in entrepreneurship, volunteered their time to improve our community, exhibited unparalleled leadership within their organization, or mentored other young professionals to follow in their accomplished footsteps, their determination has been recognized and applauded.

To check out the complete list of this year’s inspirational class, please visit

Young Professional Conversation: Lindsay Alderman

Young Professionals Connection, the largest YP organization in central Iowa, is taking applications for its 2013 board. So for this week’s Thursday YP Conversation, I talked with president-elect Lindsay Alderman, 31, about why interested YPs should think about diving into a board position, how she got to where she is, and more.

Lindsay Alderman

Lindsay Alderman

Q: Let’s start with this: Tell me, as simply as possible, what YPC is and why it’s an important piece of the YP puzzle in central Iowa.

YPC is a focused extension of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The GDSMP is supported by 24 regional Affiliate Chambers and business organizations and more than 4,300 regional member businesses. The mission is simple: to maximize local resources to address opportunities for economic and community growth. YPC was created to give a voice to the YPs in the community that want to be involved. Our efforts focus on connecting young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, and professional development endeavors.

Q: How did you get started in YPC? And how did you rise to the rank of president-elect?

I was first exposed to YPC through the Impact Downtown’s Trash Bash event several years back. It was such a unique event, and I was so inspired by the group involved leading that effort that I knew I needed to become a member and get involved. From there, I decided to run for the Charitable Board, where I knew I would have, what I considered, the most impact. As a board member, I fell even more in love with my community, YPC, and its members that I knew I wanted to commit myself to the organization for at least three years – the board term commitment for running for president. (President-Elect, President, Past President: each 1 year).

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Lindsay Alderman featured on Ted Des Moines Website

Guest Curator: Lindsay Alderman, Vendor Relations Manager at Lightedge Solutions

I help support our clients at Lightedge Solutions through our sales and consulting services, and work closely

Favorite TED or TEDx talk:
with our vendors to keep costs low and quality high. When not in the office, I sit on the board for the Young Professionals Connection as the President Elect. I’m an active advocate of the Startup scene in Des Moines and feel the culture of the buzzing tech scene here is infectious. I also serve on the Board of Directors with the Des Moines Social Club, where our mission is to use the Arts to help foster social change – and bring the community together the our various programming events.

I don’t have just one favorite, so I will share the two that have had the most impact on me, personally. The first was Tony Robbins’ “Why we do what we do” talk in 2006. My second most influencial Ted Talk comes from our own TEDxDesMoines and Iowa’s own Angela Maiers: You Matter.

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LightEdge’s Lindsay Alderman is back from The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Annual DC Trip


By Lindsay Alderman

Last week, in our nation’s capital; all eyes were on the Des Moines community and the collective voice we brought to Washington D.C. Through top notch leadership and execution, the Greater Des Moines Partnership delivered an extremely well-orchestrated event, bringing together our elected officials with individuals from nearly every possible background: civic and community leaders, schools and universities, business owners and large corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs.

The trip and discussion points were framed around the current Capital Crossroads Vision and our goal was to advocate collectively on matters affecting all of us Central Iowans such as: Expanding Central Iowa’s economy through international trade options, The future of National Health Care, Immigration Reform, How to leverage Federal Resources for the Central Iowa Bio Science Corridor, Interconnecting Federal K-12 Education Policy with Iowa’s reform efforts, and many, many others.

We held discussions with panelists that were experts in their field, had breakfast at the Hart Senate office with Senator Grassley, Senator Harkin, Congressman Braley, Congressman Loebsack, Congressman Boswell, Congressman Latham and Congressman King discussing the issues at hand, and how we could all work together to accomplish our common vision. We were addressed as a group by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday for Lunch, and Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday. Without steering this post too political, I can say that it was an extreme honor to hear Senator Rubio speak and the entire crowd listened intently as he displayed a certain sincerity and charisma that definitely points to why he is a rising star in the political realm.

I was honored to be attending as the 2013 incoming President for the Young Professionals Connection. Every time I introduced myself and our organization – people already knew who we were and all the amazing things we are doing. They wanted our opinion and input; they wanted to know how to further connect with the Young Professionals in our community. They want to hear out thoughts, ideas, and input. It was an honor to represent our organization, and while, YES, it felt great to be recognized as a whole for all of our efforts, I realized that with the issues at hand we were discussing– we still have a lot of work to be done, too and our city and community needs us YP’s now more than ever.

Not only did I take away from this trip some incredible new connections, but I got a first-hand experience of the issues affecting our neighbors and businesses in our community. This re-energized me and my mission of helping contribute to the overall success of our community through my actions and leadership and I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to have this experience. I would absolutely , without a doubt, completely advocate anyone taking this trip at least once in their careers, if not making it an annual trip and destination.

Data Centers: A look inside the factors companies consider for site selection

Data centers for Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. have already made their homes in Iowa’s low-cost market, and a recent study suggests the state could soon see more similar projects.

The Boyd Co. Inc., a corporate location consultant based in New Jersey, conducted a study to find highly secure, cost-effective sites on which to build data security centers to support the banking and finance industry — with several Midwestern cities landing in the top 10.

The Ames area was in the No. 3 spot, behind Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tulsa, Okla. Council Bluffs placed fourth, and Omaha took the No. 8 spot.

Based on operating costs alone, Des Moines ranked No. 9 out of 45 cities in the survey, while Ames ranked No. 6. (see chart below)

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Google’s move in Council Bluffs a high-speed leap to future?

Google is seeking federal permission to put a satellite antenna farm near its Council Bluffs data center, a move that experts speculate would enable the California search giant to receive movies and TV shows that could be bundled with the super-fast Internet service it’s developing in Kansas City.

The reason cities competed for the project is clear: The high-speed access will likely mean more businesses will be attracted to Kansas City, and existing businesses will be able to operate more efficiently.

LightEdge Solutions, a Des Moines-based technology consulting firm, plans to open a permanent office in Overland Park, Kan., on April 1 to take advantage of the newly laid fiber in the metro area.

“We consider (Google Fiber) a disruptive technology,” said LightEdge spokesman Scott Riedel. “It’s bringing in so much access that people will start doing things differently.”

Riedel said the core services his company provides, such as cloud computing, information technology and data center consulting, will benefit as more companies move to the area. He said the hope is those businesses will then seek consultations with his firm.

“The idea of Google coming in and giving people access to that enables them to rethink how they are doing things,” he said. “Having Google there and disrupting the market and changing the paradigm will benefit us.”

Google chose to come to Iowa in 2007, when it announced it would build a data center that state officials estimate cost $800 million, so far the largest capital investment in the state’s history.

Google said it chose Council Bluffs for the data center because it sits on a rich backbone of the fiber-optic cables; it has reliable and inexpensive power, which is a tremendous need for data centers; and a strong pool of qualified workers.

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Iowa in running for $1.2 billion data center; is it Facebook? Apple?

It could be Apple. It could be Facebook. It could even be the U.S. government that’s considering Iowa for a $1.2 billion data center, say industry experts.

“It’s all very cloak-and-dagger stuff,” says Clyde Evans, West Des Moines’ economic development leader. The city, already home to a $200 million Microsoft center, has fielded interest recently from three or four site selectors looking to locate large data center projects. “We get contacted by a real estate agent, they won’t give us a card or a last name. We never know who they represent.”

Nebraska lawmakers, who are pushing through incentives they hope will match Iowa’s data center tax breaks, call the proposed mega-center “Project Edge,” according to the Omaha World Herald. Debi Durham, Iowa’s economic development leader, confirmed Thursday that Iowa was competing against Nebraska for the data center, but declined to name the company behind the project.

She told the Associated Press it wasn’t the massive high-tech companies already in Iowa, like Microsoft in West Des Moines, Google, with a $600 million data center in Council Bluffs, or IBM, with a $42 million high-tech hub in Dubuque.

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LightEdge Solutions Data Center Video Tour

LightEdge Data Center Video Tour

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to take a full tour of LightEdge’s flagship data center in Altoona, IA, then here’s a simple way to learn more about why more businesses are choosing LightEdge for their colocation and managed service needs.  In less that 8-minutes you can learn about LightEdge, the strength of our facility and several reasons why utilizing a third-party data center can be much more secure than housing your equipment on-site.

If after watching this video you would like to see more, please feel free to contact LightEdge at 877-771-3343 or to set up a tour of the facility for your IT staff.

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LightEdge Hosting Central Iowa Linux User Group Meeting

January 18, LightEdge will play host to the CIALUG meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the LightEdge corporate headquarters in the Davis Brown building in downtown Des Moines.  The topic of interest for this event will be the use of Puppet Labs‘ software.

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Google helps spur LightEdge Solutions to use Kansas City as test market

Alyson Raletz Reporter – Kansas City Business Journal

Iowa-based information technology company LightEdge Solutions Inc.  has identified Kansas City as a test market where it will develop a new model for future metropolitan locations.

Among the reasons LightEdge picked Kansas City are its proximity to the company’s Des Moines headquarters, its mix of businesses and the coming Google ultra-high-speed network.

“Our managed cloud IT services require accessibility and bandwidth,” LightEdge Solutions Chairman and CEO Jim Masterson said in an email. “Google’s presence will help enable the adoption of the service model that we are promoting.”

LightEdge focuses on managed IT services, collocation space in data centers, cloud computing and reselling IT hardware. It had roughly $25 million in revenue in 2010, Marketing Director Scott Riedel said.

In addition to Des Moines, the company has offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Minneapolis; and Moline, Ill.

The company’s owner, Anschutz Investment Co., which Denver industrialist Phil Anschutz leads, targeted Kansas City as a place to build up infrastructure plus a sales and marketing force that LightEdge aims to duplicate in the next 18 to 24 months in other markets. Anschutz founded Qwest Communications International Inc., which sold last year to CenturyLink

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