So is it different than you expected?
“No, not really, it’s actually interesting because I have always wanted to understand both sides. I do a lot of research and make the best possible decision for everyone. It’s been important to me to learn the issues and public engagement is good.”
What do you see as the most important issues for your district and what are your main goals?
“One of my main goals is to bring high speed broadband internet to Louisa. We will never have good economic development without the proper infrastructure. Although the schools have broadband, a large percentage of the students have no access at home. This limits them from getting the most out of the excellent education offered by the Louisa County schools. Much of the work place has transitioned over the last several years to allow home based workers, but this is virtually impossible without highspeed access.
Our education, law enforcement, and fire/EMS also remain my highest priorities. Recently, I rode along with Mineral Medic 2 and the Mineral Fire Department to learn how important their jobs are and was very impressed by their dedication and motivation. The combo of volunteer and paid individuals make 24 hour service available to the entire county.”
You’ve hit the ground running. Are you on any boards or committees yet?
“Yes, I am on the Economic Development Committee, Human Services Advisory Board, Interagency Council, Resource Council, Water/Sewer Strategic Planning Committee, Liaison to the Town of Mineral, and Liaison to the Louisa Arts Center. Virginia Association of Counties has also appointed me to their Health and Human Resources Committee, assisting colleagues throughout the Commonwealth.
By learning about our County services, I also visited with JABA (Jefferson Area Board of Aging). They are trying to reach out to get the community to have a better understanding of what they do by offering a lot of services for seniors and their families that promote healthy aging in Central Virginia.
I have attended meetings with Louisa County Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Anna Chamber of Commerce, Louisa County School Board and plan on attending many more.”
Do you have a question for Board Member Stephanie Koren? You are encouraged to contact her at 540-894-6607 or email to LCBS_MD@louisa.org. You can also find her on Facebook by searching for ‘Steph for Mineral’.