Third Annual Perry Buzzard Drop!

December 28, 2015

Make plans now to attend the Third Annual Perry Buzzard Drop! Beginning at 9:00 p.m. in Downtown Perry, Middle Georgia’s premier New Years Eve event will feature live entertainment, food and beverages, a dance contest, and of course, Bob the Buzzard, as we ring in 2016! For more information on this free event visit the Perry Buzzard Drop website or connect through the Perry Buzzard Drop facebook page.

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Perry named a “Top Small City” in Georgia!

December 18, 2015

The accolades for Perry keep rolling in! 101usa.com has named Perry one of “The Top 17 Small Cities in Georgia”! Check out the article and discover why we were chosen below. Top 17 Small Cities in Georgia

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First Friday: Paints, Performers, and Pints!

December 3, 2015

Come out tomorrow for the First Friday Event “Paints, Performers, and Pints” in Downtown Perry and support Kids Yule Love! Starting at 6:00 p.m. make plans to be Downtown to celebrate Friday and the holidays. Downtown merchants will be open until 9:00 p.m. so you can check some items off your holiday shopping list and support local businesses. Local artisans will be in attendance with their wares, a silent auction will be set up in Roughton Park, and carolers will be caroling! Click here for more information and to download the flyer! Click here for more information on Kids Yule Love!    

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Form-Based Code: We Want Your Input!

December 2, 2015

The City is working to develop and implement form-based code starting with the General Courtney Hodges Boulevard corridor. This exciting new development code will allow property owners to utilize their property for a wider range of uses, guide development in the corridor, and make properties more attractive and marketable. The new code will be a land development ordinance amendment that fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. Form-based code is a progressive, valuable tool available to local governments that, when used appropriately and tailored to meet the unique goals and needs of community, can promote favorable community growth, economic development, and general community redevelopment. Your input into this project is critical! Please makes plans to participate in the next part of the public input process, the Two-Day Charrette. The Two-Day Charrette will take place December 7-8, 2015 here in Perry at City Hall (1211 Washington Street) in the Council Chambers. For this event there will be an open house each afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where staff will receive public input and comment and work with the community in developing a code that benefits everyone. Drop by any time. If you cannot make these dates/times, let us know and we can assist with making sure your voice is heard on this important matter. Please do not hesitate to contact Robert Smith, Economic Development Director with the City of Perry via phone [(478) 988-2757] or email (robert.smith@perry-ga.gov) for any questions you may have or for further information.    

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December 2 Public Hearing: Perry Brownfield Project

November 24, 2015

The City of Perry is working to identify and clean up some of our brownfield sites! If you would like to provide your input or have your questions answered, please make plans to attend a public hearing on December 2, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Perry City Hall. PUBLIC NOTICE U.S. EPA Brownfield Community-wide Brownfield Assessment Application/Proposal for the City of Perry The City of Perry is applying for a U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant that will provide funding to identify, inventory, and assess the potential for contamination on properties within the City Limits. Please Come and learn how this funding will help our community by: • Assessing and cleaning up vacant blighted properties. • Minimizing exposure to contaminants • Catalyzing local economic development • Creating jobs December 2, 2014; 5:30p.m. — 7:00p.m. Perry City Hall Council Chambers; 1211 Washington Street For more information please contact Robert Smith, Economic Development Director with the City of Perry at (478) 988-2757 or via email at robert.smith@perry-ga.gov

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Perry Brand Is Coming Along!

November 16, 2015

Progress continues on the Perry Branding Initiative, a community-wide effort aimed at differentiating our community, bringing visitors and businesses into Perry, and ensuring we provide the Perry experience that people desire. A collaborative effort on behalf of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, Discover Perry, Uptown Perry Partnership, Perry Downtown Development Authority, Perry Area Historical Society, Perry Downtown Merchants Association, Perry Main Street, and the City of Perry, this critical effort will help promote the economic and social vitality in Perry for years to come. Having completed the Research and Analysis phase of the project and working on the creative aspects of our brand, it is becoming increasingly clear as to who we are as a community, what our strengths and weaknesses are, and how we can market ourselves to the rest of the world. Our brand is materializing…and it’s going to be something that we as a community can really be proud of. Remember, a brand is so much more than just a logo or a tagline. Our brand is a reflection of Perry. Who we are, what we eat, the way we welcome people to our community, etc. Perry’s brand is the complete experience of our community and our community’s promise to others. Please stay tuned for more exciting news! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Robert Smith, Economic Development Director with the City of Perry, at (478) 508-1571 or via email at robert.smith@perry-ga.gov.

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Form-Based Code Coming to Perry: We Need Your Help!

November 6, 2015

The City of Perry is constantly exploring new and progressive avenues in working to promote a healthy, vibrant, and stable community. Currently, the City is working to develop and implement form-based code in specific areas of the City starting with the General Courtney Hodges Boulevard corridor. Form-based code “fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code” and will allow property owners to utilize their property for a wider range of uses, help guide development in our community, and make our commercial districts more attractive and marketable. Form-based code is a progressive, valuable tool available to communities that, when used appropriately and tailored to meet the unique goals and needs of community, can promote favorable community growth, economic development, and general community redevelopment. As was mentioned, the major benefit of form-based code will be to provide for a wider range of land uses than are currently allowed. The whole idea is to work towards a situation where property in the City can be utilized for its best and highest use, not simply the uses allowed under our current zoning structure. The City of Perry has entered into a contract with TSW out of Atlanta for the development and implementation of the form-based code. It is our goal to create a sustainable and effective code that mirrors the community’s vision for the City in regards to development and land use. Community input and support will be critical to the success of this endeavor. We want your input and assistance in developing a code that benefits you. There will be multiple opportunities available to you where you will be able to express your concerns, desires, etc. regarding the form-based code and have your questions answered. The first of these opportunities will be on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Road, Perry, GA. Form-based codes have been implemented in communities across the nation with great success and more and more communities are shifting away from archaic traditional zoning structures in favor of a less-restrictive, community-based approach to land use regulations. Form-based code centers on inclusion, finding a way to make development happen, rather than exclusion, the traditional idea behind zoning that often times serves to hinder development. For more information regarding form-based code, please check out The Form-Based Codes Institute and as always you can contact Robert Smith, Economic Development Director with City at (478) 988-2757 or via email at robert.smith@perry-ga.gov. See you on November 19th!    

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Perry Named Top 50 Small Town in America!

November 4, 2015

Yet another recognition for our wonderful community! Lauded for the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter and our picturesque Downtown, Perry has been named a Top 50 Small Town in America by  DiscountMyFlights Group Inc. Top 50 Small Towns in America

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Second application round for BOOST grants announced

October 29, 2015

Perry Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, is proud to announce it is accepting applications to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in the downtown development district with funding needs. Perry DDA, the economic restructuring arm of the Main Street, is accepting applications for the second round of BOOST grants through Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 5 p.m.  Grant announcements will be made in December. Applications are completed online on the city’s website at www.perry-ga.gov/economic-development/downtown-development-authority/boost-investment-group/. One thousand dollars is available in this round of BOOST funding. BOOST is a crowd-funded micro-grant. Applicants may apply for funds for purchasing inventory, supplies, business equipment, marketing and advertising, interior and/or exterior renovations, a security system or professional services. Grant funds may not be used for payment of a rent, lease, mortgage, rental deposits, utility bills, late payments or fees, alcohol, tobacco, medicine, salaries or debts. BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides grant funds to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district. BOOSTers, the investors in the program, donate $100 twice a year for two years to fund the program.  The DDA holds the funds until they are awarded. Currently, twice a year the investors review the grant requests and vote on who will receive grants and the amounts of each grant. Grants are awarded in $100 increments, with a maximum grant award of $1,000. The DDA continues to recruit investors to be able to offer more grants more frequently. BOOSTed businesses, businesses that receive grants, receive window clings to celebrate their participation in the program and to help publicize BOOST throughout the community. BOOSTers receive a window cling to show their support for the program. For more information, please, contact Perry Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 988-2758 or catherine.edgemon@perry-ga.gov, or visit https://www.perry-ga.gov/economic-development/downtown-development-authority/boost-investment-group  

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Movies in the Park

October 20, 2015

You don’t want to miss this!  The Department of Leisure Services will be showing its first outdoor movie on November 6, 2015 at Rozar Park (1060 Keith Drive).  The movie is Inside Out  and showtime is sunset.  There is no admission fee. Don’t forget your blankets and chairs.   Concessions will be available. Movies in the Park

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