Recently, the White House held a panel inviting leaders from across the country to participate in a discussion focused on how businesses and companies “Make it in America.” These Champions were recognized for their work in helping to create high-quality jobs in the United States. They are the leaders this country needs, people who are working to build in America and create jobs in America. Below please read Michael Bowman’s story. Michael serves on the National Steering Committee for “25x’25″ and was a founding member. He has been active in rural development for many years and was recently honored as one of the White House Champions of Change.