Housing Fair Postponed

April 26, 2017

Unfortunately, due to incoming inclement weather, the inaugural Perry Housing Fair is being postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. With inclement weather projected to be in the area for the duration of the Fair we thought it best to err on the side of safety, particularly given the severity of weather we have been experiencing this year, and we will be working to reschedule on a date/time to be determined.

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Historic Photos Downtown

April 26, 2017

Anyone who has ever wondered what a building in downtown Perry used to look like or what kind of business might have been there 50 years ago is invited to take a stroll downtown through June 3.  Photos of spotlighted historic buildings will be displayed in storefront windows. Photographs of former businesses along the 700-900 blocks of Carroll Street, as well as at some on the 1000 block of Ball Street, at 810 Commerce Street and at 1017 Jernigan Street, will be featured on the tour of historic buildings.  A photo of the historic Presbyterian Church is also displayed. Photos are added to the display each year.  Many photos come from the collection of Charles and Nelle Shelton and other local residents who have helped preserve Perry’s past for future generations. The Perry Main Street Advisory Board’s Design Committee organized this self-guided, walking tour in observance of Historic Preservation Month, which is May, and timed it to coincide with the Perry Downtown Merchants Association’s progressive wine tasting tour on Friday, June 2. Wine tasting tour participants are encouraged to look for the photos as they stroll on their tour. Those who take this history tour are encouraged to take the self-guided walking/driving tour of historical homes and significant sites in Perry, originating at the historic New Perry Hotel.  A brochure for that tour is available at the Perry Welcome Center and Convention and Visitors Bureau. Perry was designated as a Main Street community in 2015.  Main Street, a program established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, utilizes historic preservation as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment through its trademark Four Point Approach, which focuses on promotion, organization, design and economic vitality. For more information about the historic building photo tour, contact Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 988-2758 or catherine.edgemon@perry-ga.gov. For more information about the progressive wine tasting, contact Jodi Daley at (478) 225-7626.

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Affordable Housing Action Plan Implementation

April 23, 2017

Affordable housing is housing deemed affordable to those with a median household income as rated by country, State (province), region or municipality by a recognized Housing Affordability Index.

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Urban Renewal Loans Available

April 23, 2017

Urban renewal, which is generally called urban regeneration (“regeneration” in the United Kingdom), “revitalization” in the United States, is a program of land redevelopment in areas.

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Downtown Facade Grant Program

April 19, 2017

The Perry Main Street Advisory Board offers a façade grant program to assist current and active businesses in Perry’s downtown development district. The facade grant program provides incentives to business and property owners to make improvements to historic properties and to renovate and/or rehabilitate buildings. Perry Main Street seeks to promote the historic character and sense of place that is unique to downtown by providing opportunities for business and property owners to honor buildings’ heritage, unique architectural features, historic appearance and significance, current condition, contribution to the district and overall impact.  The program was recently amended to make certain improvements on the rear of a building facing a downtown alley eligible for the grant. All applications and proposed improvement projects will be reviewed by Perry Main Street’s Design Committee.  The Design Committee may approve or disapprove a proposed improvement at the committee’s discretion in accordance with the grant program guidelines. The committee may also make recommendations to the business or property owner for future consideration and review. If a property is leased, the property owner must consent in writing to the proposed project and improvements.  This consent may be provided in the form of a legally sufficient letter of support, or the property owner may also serve as a co-applicant. The Design Committee reserves the right to award grant funding to a proposed improvement based on the significance of the project and level of work to be completed, such as returning a building or structure to its historical integrity; the more significant the level of work proposed, the grant applicant could potentially receive a higher amount of grant funding. To view eligibility criteria and a breakdown of the grant award structure, click here. For more information, please, contact Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 987-1729 or email catherine.edgemon@perry-ga.gov.

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Vote for Downtown Perry

April 14, 2017

Downtown Perry is competing in the Independent We Stand America’s Main Street contest for a chance to win $25,000 in cash and prizes to help revitalize downtown from Stihl. Our program has many projects and initiatives that could benefit from this financial boost. Please, share this link with your family, friends and anyone else who loves Perry as much as we do, and encourage them to vote often.   http://www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=157   Thank you.

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BOOST Round 5 application window announced

April 13, 2017

Downtown Perry’s small businesses may apply for a grant to purchase equipment and supplies. Perry Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, will accept applications for the fifth round of BOOST grants beginning on May 8; the application window will close on May 22, at 5 p.m.  Only brick-and-mortar businesses in Perry’s downtown development district are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for funds to purchase supplies, business equipment, marketing and advertising, eligible interior renovations, a security system or professional services.  Grant funds may not be used for payment of salaries, debts, rent, lease, mortgage, rental deposits, utility bills, late payments or fees, alcohol, tobacco or medicine. Applications for the crowd-funded micro-grants are completed online. Click here to complete. Grant announcements will be made in June.  Grants are awarded in $50 increments, with a maximum grant award of $1,000. Nine BOOST grants totaling $5,250 have been awarded to downtown Perry businesses in the last two years. BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides grant funds to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the district.  The DDA, the economic vitality arm of Perry’s Main Street Program, holds the funds until they are awarded. For more information, please, contact Perry Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 988-2758 or catherine.edgemon@perry-ga.gov, or visit www.perry-ga.gov/economic-development/downtown-development-authority/boost-investment-group/.

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