Ibrahim believes that we will be judged and our legacy remembered by the future generations of Loudouners. We are the gatekeepers now and must ensure that today, we are equipping future generations with the tools they need to succeed tomorrow.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
The above quote by the late South African President Nelson Mandela is one that should resonate through the halls of the Loudoun County Government Center. Sterling, being one of the older districts in the County, is not seeing the improvements and rehabilitation needed for our schools, but we notice the state-of-the-art schools being built across more affluent parts of Loudoun County. In the Reggio Emilia philosophy to education, the environment is the third teacher. If this is accurate, then we are failing our children in Sterling by not providing them with an environment that is conducive to learning.
Beyond our schools, we must educate new citizens and residents to the County. We can take advantage of our county’s services to provide America 101 classes to new residents, teaching them about American history, culture, and civic engagement.
Additionally, we need to offer more trade education to those who want to advance their careers and specialize in a particular trade.
Ibrahim will make the deliberate and sustainable growth of Loudoun County a top priority.
Ibrahim will further ensure that we in Sterling and the older districts of Loudoun are not left behind and our infrastructure allowed to deteriorate.
Loudoun is the wealthiest county in America, but we need to live for tomorrow, not just for today. We must find ways to protect and sustain the health of our environment by initiating programs to preserve resources and ensure our environment is not paying the price for our county’s continued growth.
In order to continue to attract businesses to the county we will need to provide locations to employers that allow employees to access outdoor space, retail amenities, and fitness facilities.
Being the wealthiest county in America isn’t worth anything if wellness isn’t prioritized. The wellness of our students and the environment that they live in, as well as securing a sense of community by building spaces for people to come together are solutions that have proven to be effective. The world is changing and we must take a global approach to solving our local problems.
Ibrahim wants to partner with companies that have a vision and a mission to better the world by leading the way for better health and well-being where we work, live, and sleep.
There is no single solution to the transportation crisis in Loudoun. We will need to approach the transportation problem with all stakeholders, but most importantly, with its users: the residents of Loudoun County. Ibrahim will explore ways to alleviate the congestion on Route 7, Route 15, and Route 28 by improving public transportation and public-private partnerships to integrate technology into daily commutes. Additionally, Ibrahim wants to take a close look at the emergency routes out of Loudoun. Currently, the shortest route west of Loudoun is through Route 15. Anyone who has sat in traffic on Route 15 knows the problems with that route.
Transit-oriented development is the key to attracting not only businesses to move to the county, but also to attracting their employees to reside within the county. This will allow for growth within Loudoun, while addressing the traffic congestion that comes with that growth.