Are You Our Next DDA Board Member?

November 13, 2020

We’re looking for our next Downtown Development Authority (DDA) member! The Downtown Development Authority is an active volunteer board works to enhance the economic vitality of Downtown Perry. The DDA also serves as the Economic Vitality umbrella organization for the Perry Main Street program. Board members should have a true interest in the downtown development. Interested? Our Statement of Interest package explains what a successful board member looks like and what you can expect. Statement of Interest Form

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Sandler Nonwoven Career Fair

October 16, 2020

The City of Perry Office of Economic Development is pleased is announce the Sandler Nonwoven Corporation Career Fair! Sandler Nonwoven is experiencing HUGE growth and expansion that requires a team of inspired individuals, who are eager to continue this successful momentum. October 22, 2020 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Perry Arts Center | 1121 Macon Road, Perry The company suggests to dress professionally and bring an updated resume. Positions for Industrial Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Logistics/Warehouse, and Maintenance are available. Unable to Attend? Visit their website at to apply, or email your resume to View Career Fair Flyer

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Downtown Business Benefits From Loan Program

October 7, 2020

Clover Wine Merchant is the first recipient of the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Perry’s internal revolving loan fund program. “We are excited that Clover Wine Merchant is here and open for business,” said Ashley Hardin, Economic Development Manager, adding the funds, with a low interest rate, are needed to help entrepreneurs fill the gap financing need to move a project forward. Pictured are from left, Michael G. Gray, Attorney at Law with Walker, Hulbert, Gray & Moore, LLP, Michael Tomlin, Clover Wine Merchant Owner and Ashley Hardin, City of Perry Economic Development Manager.

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Perry Business Receives $26,400 In Natural Gas Incentive

September 15, 2020

It pays to be a small business in Perry! The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Perry (DDA) presented a $26,408.98 check to the Morning By Morning Coffee Company for participating in the Natural Gas Incentive Program. This program was created by the City of Perry and DDA as an incentive to bring more unique, local restaurants to the Perry Downtown District. Qualified restaurants are eligible for reimbursement up to fifty percent of the total purchase and installation costs of certain commercial natural gas fueled appliances. Ashley Hardin, City of Perry Economic Development Manager, said, “this incentive is an additional method to entice restaurateurs to the Downtown District. Morning By Morning Coffee Company is a testament to the growing success of local restaurants coming to the downtown area.” Morning By Morning Coffee Company is the first business to utilize this incentive program.

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Crowd-Funded BOOST Grant Benefits Downtown Business

September 4, 2020

The Swanson is the latest recipient of the BOOST grant. The downtown business, known for their southern home cooking, will purchase a new walk-in freezer with the $500.00 grant. The BOOST program provides crowd-funded micro-grants to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the downtown development district. Since 2015, the program has awarded nearly $13,000 to downtown businesses in Perry. Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate funds to the program and vote on applications. William Jackson with Ace Hardware, Dey Palmer with Bank of Perry, David Cosey with Davis Oil Company, and Cheri Adams with the Houston Home Journal contributed to this grant.

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Downtown Visual Preference Survey Results

August 20, 2020

As our Main Street Program and Downtown Development Authority plan for the future, community feedback is an integral part of the process. Our Downtown Visual Preference Survey received feedback from over 400 community members and the results are in.

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City of Perry – Stronger Than Ever

August 18, 2020

Earlier this year COVID-19 seemed to make everything stop. The City of Perry, however, did not. Our dedicated employees continued to provide the quality service Perry is known for – even during uncertain times. Keeping our employees safe and healthy remains one of our top priorities. Today, we continue to focus on bringing quality growth to our city and value to our citizens. Perry is stronger than ever and we look forward to building a bright future for our citizens, businesses, and visitors. #WhereGeorgiaComesTogether  

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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  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  

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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 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  

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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: Governor’s Office COVID-19 information: Critical Infrastructure information: 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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