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new CEO at
Crawford Electric was honored by USDA Rural Development and East Central College for its role in helping the college land a
zero-interest, $1 million loan to help fund a Business and Industrial Center. Shown here are, from left: East Central President Jon
Bauer, USDA Rural Development Missouri Director Janie Dunning and Crawford Electric CEO Tony Mallory.
Concern for community drives economic development efforts
hat could be more exciting than getting a zero-interest, $1 million loan? For Jon Bauer, president of East Central College, it's the opportunity to work with two new partners to train the next
generation of workers at the campus in Union. In September, representatives from the college
and USDA Rural Development gathered in what was once an event center to thank Crawford
Electric Cooperative for its role in helping make the college's new Business and Industrial Center a reality.
Earlier in 2016, the college learned it would receive the loan from the Rural Economic Development Loan
and Grant Program, or REDLG. This was the ﬁrst time the college has partnered with USDA Rural Development and one of Missouri's electric cooperatives.
It was the latest successful partnership for the state's electric cooperatives, which according to U.S.
Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Director Janie Dunning have been responsible for
channeling more than $2 billion in economic development funds to the state through the REDLG program.
It's one way the cooperatives carry out the seventh cooperative principle, "Concern for Community."
The money was key in the college's acquisition of a former event center that will bring under one roof
East Central's advanced manufacturing programs - which include Industrial Engineering Technology and
Industrial Maintenance, Precision Machining and Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration. East
Central's Center for Workforce Development also will occupy the facility.
"East Central College's project was a perfect partner for us to facilitate ﬁnancing through USDA," said
Tony Mallory, Crawford Electric Cooperative's CEO/general manager, himself a graduate of the college. "As
a rural electric co-op, we're well acquainted with the beneﬁts of working together to enhance the quality of
life in our area. Our commitment to our wider community includes support for education and training that
will spur economic development."
Over the years, electric cooperatives have applied for money through the REDLG program for a number
of worthy projects that have in turn built better communities. These have included: improvements to rural
hospitals, expansion of factories, construction of spec buildings to attract new industry, sewer lines to an
industrial park, a center for abused children and a new library. In 2008, Grundy Electric Cooperative used
the REDLG program to provide $1.33 million in loans and grants for North Central Missouri Community
College's Allied Health Complex.
Helping rural communities kickstart their economies is just one way electric cooperatives show their
concern for community. October is National Cooperative Month, which makes this a good time to focus on
all that cooperatives do for their members and their communities.
fter a nationwide search, the Macon
Electric Cooperative Board of Directors
has selected Todd Schroeder of Heber
Springs, Ark., as its general manager.
He replaces Don Hellwig, who has served as the
interim general manager since January.
Todd began his new role at Macon Electric in
August. He comes to Macon from First Electric
Cooperative in Jacksonville, Ark. At First Electric, he served as the district manager in Heber
Springs since 2005.
His cooperative career began in 1998 as a
work-study student while completing his degree
in Surveying and Land Information Systems
from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. After
graduating, he was promoted to surveyor, then
In 2014, after 25 years of service, Schroeder
retired from the Arkansas Army National Guard.
He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. About
his service in the military, he says, "The military
built the foundation of values and leadership
that I use daily."
Todd and his wife, Jamie, have been married
23 years. They have two sons: Mason and Max.
Missouri's electric cooperatives welcome Todd
to his new role and thank Don for his service.
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