Downtown Visual Preference Survey

June 29, 2020

We’re planning the future of Downtown Perry and we want YOUR opinion!   The Perry Downtown Development Authority (DDA), along with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, has launched a Visual Preference Survey, to seek input on how Downtown Perry should look as we continue to grow.   The survey includes questions about designs of residential and commercial development, streetscapes and alleyways, and desired businesses in and around downtown.   Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PerryDowntown   Responses are accepted until July 20.   Information will be considered as part of the DDA’s Master Plan Refresh Process.

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BOOST Applications Now Available

June 11, 2020

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 11th round of BOOST grants; applications will be accepted from June 14-July 3.  Only existing, brick-and-mortar businesses in Perry’s downtown development district are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded in $50 increments, with a maximum grant award of $1,000. 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.  Seventeen grants totaling nearly $11,000.00 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. Perry area residents or businesses from outside the Downtown District can participate as a BOOSter. “If your business is blessed and you are seeking an outlet to help support businesses in Downtown Perry, especially with Covid19, then we would be happy to add you to our BOOSTer roster,” says Ashley Hardin, City of Perry Economic Development Manager and DDA staff member.   For more information, please contact Perry’s Economic Development Manager at (478) 988-2755 or Ashley.Hardin@perry-ga.gov.  

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Gov. Kemp Issues New Executive Order | April 20, 2020

April 21, 2020

Governor Kemp issued a new Executive Order regarding reopening businesses and the state’s Shelter in Place order. Here are the highlights: ✔️ Reopens certain businesses beginning Friday, April 24, 2020 but with limitations. ✔️ Georgia’s Shelter in Place order is expected to end April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ✔️ Restaurants may resume limited dine in service on Monday, April 27, 2020. ✔️ Bars and nightclubs are to remain closed. Read the entire Executive Order at https://bit.ly/2yxbrdD. As always – the health and safety of our citizens, businesses, and visitors remain a top priority. 📌 All City events continue to be cancelled through June. 📌 Hand washing and social distancing are still highly encouraged. 📌 Up-to-date information regarding City services may be found at www.perry-ga.gov/covid-19-information/.  

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Governor Kemp’s Executive Order Information

April 3, 2020

Governor Kemp’s shelter-in-place order begins today at 6:00 p.m. and extends through April 30 at 11:59 p.m. The order states residents must stay home unless engaging in essential services, performing necessary travel, performing minimum basic operations, or are those part of the critical infrastructure work force. Essential Services means obtaining necessary supplies or services for your household. This includes traveling to the grocery store, medical appointments, and pharmacies. You may also travel to pick up food or have it delivered to your house. You may also leave your house in the event of an emergency. Necessary travel means the travel required for someone to conduct or participate in essential services, minimum basic operations, or work for Critical Infrastructure. Read the Governor’s full order: bit.ly/2UXhUGi Governor’s Office COVID-19 information: bit.ly/2RarR1T Critical Infrastructure information: bit.ly/3bLIOaM Specific questions regarding this order should be directed to the Georgia Hotline by calling 844-442-2681. Updates will be provided as specific guidance from the Governor’s Office is received. Learn more about our response to COVID-19. A curfew is NOT in place at this time. The City remains open for business and is here to serve you.

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All City of Perry Facilities Closed to Walk-In Service

March 19, 2020

In response to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, the City of Perry will be making modifications to our daily operations until further notice. Perry City Hall: Closed to the public. Utility payments may be made over the phone or online. Payments may be made at our kiosk located in the City Hall parking lot. Credit, debit, money orders, and checks are accepted. Customer Service may be reached at 478-988-2754. Please visit https://www.perry-ga.gov/customer-service/. Perry Community Development Building: Closed to the public. The Development Services Portal is available online at https://www.perry-ga.gov/community-development/. Perry Fire & Emergency Service & Police Department: Closed to the public. They will continue to provide essential services. Response times may be delayed for non-emergency situations. Perry Leisure Services: All activities are cancelled, including upcoming Spring sports. Refunds will be issued automatically. The James. E. Worrall Center and Rozar Park office is closed to the public. Perry Municipal Court: Closed to the public. They will continue to provide customer service over the phone. Fines may be paid online or by telephone. Municipal Court may be reached at 478-988-2814. Please visit https://www.perry-ga.gov/municipal-court/. We encourage our citizens to contact the City via our website at www.perry-ga.gov or via the YourCity app available in the Android and Google app stores. The City appreciates your patience and understanding as we continue to provide general City services to our citizens. If you require assistance, please contact the appropriate department: Department Contact City Hall (478) 988-2700 Mayor Walker (478) 988-2707 City Manager (478) 988-2703 City Clerk (478) 988-2736 Customer Service (478) 988-2754 Personnel (478) 988-2713 City Attorney (478) 988-2750 Public Works (478) 988-2732 Police Department (478) 988-2800 Fire Department (478) 988-2852 Community Development (478) 988-2720 Leisure Services (478) 988-2860 Municipal Court (478) 988-2814

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The Swanson Receives Rave Reviews

March 4, 2020

The Telegraph & macon.com reporters Justin Baxley and Jenna Eason experienced the Southern Dining Experience of The Swanson! Great food, excellence service, and southern charm…that’s what #WhereGeorgiaComesTogether is all about! Check out their review at https://www.macon.com/…/positively-fo…/article240657676.html.

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Perry Main Street Program Named Georgia Main Street of the Month

February 3, 2020

The City of Perry’s Main Street Program is Georgia Main Street’s “Main Street of the Month” in February. “Historic Downtown Perry has been a Classic Main Street Community since 2014. Over the last six years, we have experienced monumental growth and change that has not only diversified our business mix downtown, but our community as a whole. Our downtown, with the support of our leadership and the assistance and resources provided by the Georgia Main Street Program, is home to around 190 businesses and counting. Our Main Street program is hard at work continuing to cultivate a downtown curated of unique experiences and destinations for both our residents and visitors. There is something for everyone in Historic Downtown Perry and the future is good in the city Where Georgia Comes Together!” –Haley Bryant, Main Street Coordinator Perry’s Main Street Program is a designated Classic Main Street Community by the state of Georgia and nationally accredited by the National Main Street Center.  All Classic Main Street communities are required to meet ten standards for accreditation.  They place an emphasis on historic preservation, education, and economic development leading itself to an active and vibrant downtown. The Georgia Main Street Program began in 1980.  The initiative now serves as one of the largest Main Street networks in the country.  Perry is one of 118 Main Street Cities in Georgia.

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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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Downtown Development Authority Awards Grant to Downtown Business

December 13, 2019

Spencer Shugart, owner of Summit Physical Therapy, is the latest recipient of the crowd-funded Perry Downtown Development Authority (DDA) “BOOST” grant. The money will be spent on a Clinical Electrotherapy & Ultrasound Combo Unit which will be utilized to reduce pain and increase healing in muscle and tendon injuries. BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides micro-grants to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district.   They have awarded over $12,000 in grants since 2015. Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate the program’s funds and vote on applications.  Current members include William Jackson of Ace Hardware, Dey Palmer of Bank of Perry, Davis Cosey of Davis Oil Company, Cheri Adams of Houston Home Journal, Brian Burnham of Perry Animal Hospital, and Dianna Hall of Village Boutique. Those interested becoming a new BOOSTer or for more information, contact Perry Economic Development Director Ashley Hardin at (478) 988-2755, email Mrs. Hardin, or visit http://bit.ly/2RJrE6P.

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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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