Havre de Grace to launch "Furlough Friendly Community" for APG workers

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - For those federal workers being impacted financially from furlough days, the city of Havre de Grace is offering some short-term relief.

With the support of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, and in partnership with Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, Havre de Grace Main Street, the City of Havre de Grace and Office of Tourism, the city has developed a "Furlough Friendly Community" campaign.

To participate in this campaign, many local businesses are offering a 20 percent discount Monday through Friday to APG employees affected by the furlough. Employees are only required to show proper ID through the program, which is slated to run through the end of September. Some participating businesses will be offering other opportunities that better suit their establishments.

In all, there are more than 11,500 people at APG that are currently affected by the recent furlough, which will require civilian workers to take one unpaid day a week off for 11 straight weeks.

"We have a positive relationship with the APG community and understand the challenges the furloughs have placed upon those who reside, work and play in Harford County," said Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty in a statement.

The city has created a logo and decal to be posted on the doors of businesses who are participating in this campaign. A list of business participants will be found on the hdgtourism.com website.

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