Jasper Schneider: Rural Roots, Community Connections
By Hillary Crowder
Appointed as the acting administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in October 2014, Schneider left his post as USDA Rural Development state director for North Dakota and moved across the country to Washington, D.C.
Now, at age 35, he leads a federal agency with a loan portfolio of $60 billion and responsibility for electric, telecom, broadband and water utilities. Thousands of miles from his family in Bismarck, N.D., he is seeing the impact broadband services provide.
By Marilyn Blake
Another Committee? Yes, If It’s a Safety Committee
Many times a committee of peers can achieve great things that benefit the company as a whole. A safety committee is a perfect example. The safety committee acts as a conduit for delivering safety information to the entire workforce; provides a channel for feedback and suggestions from workers; and helps prevent repeat accidents. While the ultimate goal is promoting workplace safety, the fact that it helps keep your workers’ compensation costs down by either mitigating or preventing losses is a plus.