City Council Meeting to Resume January 14.

January 13, 2020

Tonight’s city council meeting was suspended due to a lengthy agenda. The meeting will resume on Tuesday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. You can view tonight’s agenda here.

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Perry Main Street Coordinator Appointed to State Downtown Board

January 9, 2020

  Haley Bryant, Perry’s Main Street Coordinator, was appointed to the Georgia Downtown Association’s (GDA) Board of Directors.  She will represent Region 6 in Georgia. Bryant is one of fifteen elected members to serve on the GDA which includes twelve downtown program professionals and three representatives from private or government sectors. The GDA is a non-profit that promotes economic redevelopment of Georgia’s downtowns.  The association uses advocacy, education, and marketing to focus on the positive economic impact of downtown areas. Learn more about the GDA on their website at www.georgiadowntownassociation.org.  

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Council Member Jackson Honored

December 18, 2019

“In addition to being a great council member – you’re a great friend.” – Mayor Walker Council Member William Jackson was honored by Mayor Walker and council during the December 17 council meeting. He will retire at the end of this month. Council Member Jackson is instrumental in the progression and growth of our city. He supported and served the City of Perry for over twenty years – with ten years as a council member. Thank you Council Member Jackson for your service!

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downtown development authority check presentation to Oliver Hazard's

New Restaurant Planned for Downtown Perry Receives $10,000 Tourism Grant

November 25, 2019

The Perry Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Georgia Power presented a $10,000 check to Oliver Hazard’s restaurant in front of their new location at 905 Carroll Street in Historic Downtown Perry. Oliver Hazard’s founders are John Hulbert and Chad Evans.  Mr. Evans is a founder of several popular destination restaurants in downtown Macon.  Nearly all the menu items will be harvested or purchased from Georgia-based growers in a farm-to-table concept.  They hope to draw visitors who are local and “foodies” who travel to dine.  A full bar will offer liquor, wine, and craft beer from Georgia’s finest craft breweries. The name Oliver Hazard is the heartbeat of Perry’s history.  Perry, incorporated in 1824, was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero from the War of 1812. City of Perry Economic Development Director, Ashley Hardin, and Mr. Hulbert applied for the Georgia Tourism Product Development Funding Program in June after the Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau participated in the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Product Development team tour.  The program provides financial support for new and expanding tourism projects.  

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Community Development Building Ribbon Cutting

November 7, 2019

We’re ready to cut the ribbon on our new Community Development building and we want you to be part of it! Join us on Friday, November 22 for our ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at 741 Main Street. Can’t make it at 11? No problem! Feel free to drop by during the day and see the awesome work happening in the Community Development department. We’re always planning a great community #wheregeorgiacomestogether.

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City of Perry Receives Over One Million Dollars in Grants

November 6, 2019

The City of Perry received over one million dollars in grant money during the Georgia Department of Community Affairs conference in October. Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Christopher Nunn presented two checks to Councilman Willie King during the conference.  Community Development Director Bryan Wood and Assistant City Manager Robert Smith were also in attendance. The $300,000 Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) Grant will be used to improve five homes in the Sandhill community which will complete the housing improvements in the neighborhood. The $996,350 Community Development Block Grant is marked to be used for street and storm drainage improvements along with housing rehabilitation in the Creekwood area.  This project will benefit 124 citizens specifically along Riley Street, Gordy Street, Stanley Street, and Baird Drive. The City of Perry Community Development office is located at 741 Main Street in Perry. Quality of life is what we do #wheregeorgiacomestogether.

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Fall Neighborhood Clean Up Event

Fall Neighborhood Clean Up Event

November 5, 2019

The Perry Housing Team is hosting its annual Fall Neighborhood Cleanup event on Saturday, November 9 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Creekwood Park. Participants are provided with a light breakfast before separating into groups to begin collecting trash and recyclables around the neighborhood.  All necessary supplies will be provided.  They will be treated to lunch from Booger Bear’s Grill in appreciation of their efforts to keep Perry a beautiful place to live. Creekwood Park is located at 1107 Creekwood Drive in Perry. The City of Perry is committed to helping those in need.  If you or a neighbor is unable to tend to their yard due to a disability please contact Danny Hicks, Code Compliance Officer at 478-988-2704 or Danny.Hicks@perry-ga.gov for assistance.

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City of Perry Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting

November 4, 2019

The City of Perry Finance Department was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government of Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve.

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BOOST Applications Now Available

October 31, 2019

Downtown Perry’s small businesses may apply for a grant to purchase equipment and eligible supplies. The Perry Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, is accepting applications for the tenth round of BOOST grants; applications will be accepted from November 4-22.  Only existing, brick-and-mortar businesses in Perry’s downtown development district are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for funds to purchase business equipment, eligible interior renovations, façade grants if the applicant owns the property, 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, medicine, inventory, or ingredients or components used to produce inventory. Applications must be submitted online on the City of Perry’s Economic Development page and must include quotes and other requested information.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Program information, rules and procedures are available at http://bit.ly/2JxS4Us. Grant announcements will be made in December.  Grants are awarded in $50 increments, with a maximum grant award of $1,000. Sixteen grants totaling nearly $10,000.00 have been awarded to downtown Perry businesses since July 2015. 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. The BOOST program is always seeking more participants/businesses to assist in funding the BOOST recipients. “If your business is blessed and you are seeking an outlet to help support businesses in Downtown Perry, then we would be happy to add you to our BOOSTer roster.  We welcome and encourage participation from the Perry business community,” says Ashley Hardin, City of Perry Economic Development Director and DDA staff Member. For more information, please contact Perry’s Economic Development Director at (478) 988-2755 or Ashley.Hardin@perry-ga.gov.

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Houston County Irrigation Hours

October 22, 2019

Important information about your water service! The State of Georgia has declared a Level I drought condition for Houston County. Please note irrigation is only permitted between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m until further notice. New plantings/lawns are excluded.

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