Economic Development Director Appointed

September 6, 2018

Perry’s mayor and city council have selected an experienced professional to serve as economic development director.  Ashley Hardin, currently a Shawnee, Kansas resident, will start her new role on October 9.  The approval this week by the city is the culmination of a nationwide search for candidates. “Ashley has the skillsets, experience and proven track record we were looking for in a professional to lead economic development for the city of Perry,” according to Mayor Jimmy Faircloth.  “I believe she will be a great asset to our community’s team when recruiting new businesses to the area and, most importantly, to the existing employers who have made Perry what we are today.  Her expertise in downtown development and working with entrepreneurs who have an interest in starting new businesses are just a few of the reasons we have selected her for the position.” Hardin has served as special projects & grants director / economic development coordinator for the Leavenworth County Development Corporation in Leavenworth, Kansas since 2013.  She developed business retention and expansions methods, including an implementation model, within the county and four municipalities located in the Kansas City Metro Area.  Hardin’s responsibilities have also included working with national site selection projects, grants, local and state incentive programs and responding to requests for proposals.  She also built relationships with Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of St. Mary, Leavenworth Unified School District and utility partners to address workforce development opportunities. As a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Hardin has continued her education through the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute.  She is a current member of the International Economic Development Council, Kansas City Area Development Council and the Kansas Economic Development Agency.  Hardin serves on the boards of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce and Grow Leavenworth County E-Community. Hardin has held other positions with Stephens Media, Inc. and the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce in Spring Hill, Tennessee. “The opportunity to move my family back to the southeastern United States is very exciting,” says Hardin.  “My visit to Perry, mixed with the research I conducted, and interaction with the city’s elected and appointed leaders really convinced me this is the right setting for me to add value to the community in terms of economic development.  It is also a great chance to raise our family in a progressive area with great schools and infrastructure that appeals to us as parents.” Hardin and her husband, Greg, will be moving to Perry in the next few months with their daughters Taylor, 3, and Callie, 1. As a city department head, the director of economic developer in Perry serves as the liaison between the mayor and council, other department heads and the business community. Hardin will be responsible for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of all economic development activities for the city. Key focus areas will include small business development, entrepreneurism, redevelopment, downtown development, industrial development in conjunction with the Houston County Development Authority and community engagement. Specific areas of concentration for Hardin will include the Classic Main Street Program, Downtown Development Authority, Communications and Special Events […]

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BOOST Round 6 application window announced

November 14, 2017

Downtown Perry’s small businesses may apply for a grant to purchase equipment and supplies. Perry Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, is accepting applications for the sixth round of BOOST grants; the application window will close on Friday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m.  Only existing, 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 must be submitted online and must include quotes and other requested information.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Click here to complete. Grant announcements will be made in December.  Grants are awarded in $50 increments, with a maximum grant award of $1,000. Ten grants totaling $5,600 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. 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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Cruise-In Downtown Perry on Friday, Nov. 11

November 8, 2017

3rd Annual Cruise-In with a Couple of Jerks A Couple of Jerks Soda Fountain Shop and Perry Main Street Program will host a classic car cruise-in on Saturday, Nov. 11, in historic downtown Perry from 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.  More than 150 classic cars are expected at the event to celebrate Veteran’s Day, which will feature live music by Fly By Radio on the lawn of the former courthouse starting at 7:00 p.m. The event is free admission. The following streets will be closed from 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.:  Carroll Street from the 700 block to Washington, Ball Street from Commerce to Main, and Jernigan Street from Commerce to Main.  For more information about this free event, visit A Couple of Jerks Soda Fountain Shop on Facebook.  

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Perry receives 2017 national Main Street accreditation

June 19, 2017

Perry has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. “Downtown buildings are being revitalized, and people are shopping and enjoying our beautiful downtown more than ever before,” Main Street Advisory Board Chairman Bill O’Neal said. “Perry’s Main Street program works to promote and create a thriving business district downtown and along main corridors into downtown, while preserving Perry’s historic resources and character.” “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship and support downtown housing is more important than ever,” Patrice Frey, National Main Street Center president and chief executive officer, said. “Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social and cultural fabric of their entire communities,” she said. Frey said 828 Main Street America programs received national accreditation for 2017. The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards.  Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years.  Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings.

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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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BOOST Your Business!

May 8, 2015

The Perry Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is excited to announce the BOOST Downtown Perry Investment Group. Designed to help small businesses in Downtown Perry, the BOOST program provides grant awards to businesses that show a clear need. The best part of the program is that it’s the businesses who participate that get to decide who is awarded grant funds! Let’s grow Perry together! For more information, please follow the link below or contact Ms. Catherine Edgemon, Main Street Coordinator with the City of Perry, at (478) 988-2758 or via email at catherine.edgemon@perry-ga.gov. BOOST Downtown Perry Investment Group  

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Perry’s Wayfinding Initiative

April 24, 2015

The City of Perry is working on a wayfinding initiative that will help the community to develop and implement a signage system that is effective and efficient. Led by a Wayfinding Committee, the system that is ultimately developed will help direct people into town and, once in town, will help them find areas of interest. These areas of interest will range from public buildings and parks to historical and commercial sites. With assistance from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission we have completed an inventory of our existing signage (please follow link below to view). This inventory will help to identify needs and priorities and set the groundwork for the new system. http://www.mgrcmaps.org/Perry/Wayfinding/ If you have any questions or would like to participate in the wayfinding initiative please contact Mr. Robert Smith, Economic Development Director, at (478) 988-2757.

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