Several months after the community of Franciscan University supported the campaign of Kimberly Hahn, people are beginning to see the fruits of her labor.
Kimberly Hahn, wife of Dr. Scott Hahn, won the election as the councilwoman-at-large for the city of Steubenville last fall. Since then, she has been involved with numerous projects and organizations to help create a better community in Steubenville.
“I really believe that we are a very caring community, a very compassionate community,” said Kimberly Hahn. “For a community that has struggled economically now for decades, we do an amazing job reaching out to our own people.”
Hahn said her focus has been upon stabilizing the community and strengthening the family.
“I really believe that if we can deal with this sensibly – the crime and the litter – we are a tremendous community to attract businesses, and if we can get more jobs, I think it will stabilize more of the marriages and enable more people to have their children and grandchildren stay in the area and raise their families close to their extended family,” said Hahn.
Hahn said that her main focus right now has been creating a business-friendly environment as well as renovating buildings and parks and recreation to create a better environment for businesses as well as families.
Hahn said that she wants to communicate facts instead of rumors regarding Steubenville’s business-friendly atmosphere as well as the need for change in order to convey the city’s interest in the establishment of businesses.
Hahn said she would like the parks and recreations to be the “jewel” of Steubenville.
“That would be another way of appealing to people, to move their businesses here, more their families here,” said Hahn.
Hahn said one of the first big steps she took was rooting for Jim Mavromatis for city manager.
“He understands the problems and how it needs to be addressed,” said Hahn. “He has access to resources and personnel … and he’s beginning to already see the results.”
Hahn also praised the work the city council has done for the city of Steubenville.
“There is not a slacker among us,” said Hahn. “We’re really ready to move forwards, and I think so much of what characterized a lot of councils over the last 25 years that I’ve lived here has been pulling against each other. … I can truthfully say that is not the way it is … and I think I contribute to the positive spirit, I know that I do, but it isn’t just me, it’s all of us working together, encouraging each other.”
Hahn said although the council is not moving very fast, she is grateful that taking it slow will avoid mistakes and hurting businesses here.
Hahn said that while she was campaigning, she also heard great things from the people of Steubenville about Franciscan.
“The students’ involvement in either internships or volunteer work is such a blessing,” said Hahn.
Hahn said the people appreciate the work that Franciscan students do on mission teams and litter control for the city of Steubenville.
Hahn said she hopes to see more students, staff and faculty get involved in the community.
“Personally, I really would love an opportunity to come on campus and talk to any student interested in being involved in some aspect of this process,” said Hahn.