As a graduate student of urban planning, Dr. Yensen learned the importance of transportation to the economic health of a region. Economic development depends not only on good roads and mass transit, but also on a reliable infrastructure plan. As vice chair of the county's transportation committee, she pushed to complete the Rakow Road and Randall Road improvement projects, while also supporting county-wide repair and replacement of rural bridges.

Transportation projects are funded through federal and state grants as well as motor fuel taxes, not property taxes. Local business development depends on and benefits from these projects. That's why Paula has negotiated with businesses to help defray part of the costs of road projects.