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Release No.STELPRD4014752
ContactTammi Schone(605) 352-1102
(FEBRUARY 15, 2012) WHITE HOUSE HIGHLIGHTS JANELLE JESSEN AS AN INNOVATOR IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND "CHAMPION OF CHANGE"
Washington, DC, Feb 03, 2012 --

@@On Wednesday, February 15th, Janelle Jessen will be one of 11 local leaders honored at the White House as Champions of Change for creating jobs in their communities and using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure. With the assistance of grants and loans from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these leaders are helping to expand high-speed broadband, building roads and bridges, providing clean water and much more.

“These American heroes are creating jobs today by investing in tomorrow -- putting men and women back to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.  “We appreciate their extraordinary efforts to connect people who need their jobs back with the jobs that our communities and economy need done.”


The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 1:30 pm ET on February 15th.

Janelle Jessen is the Accounting and Office Manager for Venture Communications Cooperative in Highmore, South Dakota. For the past 15 years, Janelle has been integral to the growth and expansion of Venture Communications. After receiving a $5.2 million investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a fiber-to-the-premise project in an underserved area of South Dakota, Janelle’s hard work ensured 865 rural subscribers have new and improved broadband service. These rural households, companies, and community organizations are using this new service to improve public safety, develop businesses, and stay better connected.