Feds Grant $319K For Havre de Grace Tourism, Travel, Recreation
HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — The American Rescue Plan provided $319,200 for projects in Havre de Grace, Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger announced on Friday.
A public boat pier and dock will be constructed in Havre de Grace through the grant, which will also buy an electric shuttle for visitors.
The electric shuttle bus will have 26 seats and will not be a trolley, Director of Economic Development and Tourism Bridgette Johnson said at the July 5 Havre de Grace City Council meeting. It will take visitors from MD 155 to the Steppingstone Museum and US 40.
"We want to link it to our trolley system," Johnson said.
Funding will also help complete the Swan Harbor Trail and pay for installation of electric vehicle charging stations. This money comes through the Economic Development Administration’s Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation program.
“The City of Havre de Grace is thrilled to receive this significant investment with the essential support of our congressional representatives,” Mayor William T. Martin said in a statement, noting it will "greatly benefit citizens and visitors alike.”
The project will create jobs while spurring more day tourism for recreational boaters and offering another natural trail for hikers, while delivering on the city's economic plan for water tourism, officials said.
“I am proud to have helped secure this federal funding to help Havre de Grace advance its vision as a destination for boaters, hikers and tourists," Ruppersberger said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic upended travel and tourism, hurting many of our local economies and communities across Maryland. That’s why we fought to pass the American Rescue Plan – to jump-start the economy with targeted relief," Van Hollen said in a statement. "From new waterfront piers and hiking trails to electric vehicle charging stations, this funding will provide a boost to Harford County’s tourism and recreation while benefiting Marylanders and folks from outside our state looking to visit. We’ll keep working to invest in our local economies and create new jobs, while building a cleaner, greener future for Maryland."
Also celebrating the federal investment was Cardin, who underscored the importance of the Chesapeake Bay to the state's economy.
“Strengthening our connections to the water enhances Harford County communities, supports local businesses and brings people outdoors to appreciate all our state has to offer,” Cardin said in a statement. “Team Maryland will continue to advocate for federal support for Maryland’s economic development, which is so closely linked to the Chesapeake Bay.”