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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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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Complete Downtown Survey

August 12, 2019

Our Main Street Program and Downtown Development Authority are hard at work creating a future vision for our Historic Downtown Perry and we want YOU to be a part of it! You can participate now by filling out the survey at the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DowntownPerry2019

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BOOST Round 9 grant recipient announced

August 8, 2019

The latest recipient of a crowd-funded grant to “BOOST” downtown Perry’s businesses has been announced.  Suzanne Evans, owner of Yes! It’s Consignment, was awarded $700.00 from the BOOSTers for new consignment software.  BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides micro-grants to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district.  Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate the program’s funds and vote on applications. The current BOOSTers who funded this award are: Ace Hardware: William Jackson Bank of Perry: Dey Palmer Davis Oil Company: Davis Cosey Downtown Merchants Council (Perry Area Chamber of Commerce): Kimberly Pinckney Houston Home Journal: Cheri Adams Perry Animal Hospital: Brian Burnham Village Boutique: Dianna Hall This recent award bring the total grants awarded to downtown Perry businesses to date to $11,300.  The program was established in 2015. Applicants may apply for funds for purchasing supplies, business equipment or software, marketing and advertising, or eligible professional services.  BOOST grants are awarded twice annually following a brief application window. Previous recipients include Gottwals Books, Recollections by Lynn, Bodega Brew, Cory Allen Jones, Summit Physical Therapy, Davida’s Hair Salon, Tumblecheer Heroes, Mia’s Skincare Salon, Liberty Tax Service, Gentry Downtown Market, Two of a Kind, Eyewear Boutique, Central Computer Services, Shirts Like Mine and Mossy Creek Soap. The Perry Downtown Development Authority oversees the program.  Those interested in participating as a new BOOSTer to assist small businesses in Perry or for more information on applying, contact Perry Economic Development Director Ashley Hardin at (478) 988-2755 or Ashley.hardin@perry-ga.gov or visit www.perry-ga.gov/economic-development/downtown-development-authority/boost-investment-group/.   BOOST grant recipient Suzanne Evans, owner of Yes! It’s Consignment, was surprised on August 6 with a big check presentation for a $700 grant.  From left,  Anya Turpin, City of Perry Special Events Coordinator, Ashley Hardin, City of Perry Economic Development Director, Bonnie Giles, Perry Area Chamber of Commerce Chief Operations Officer,  Suzanne Evans, owner of Yes! It’s Consignment and Perry Main Street Coordinator Haley Myers.

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Accepting BOOST Applications!

June 3, 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 ninth round of BOOST grants; the application window will open on Saturday, June 1 and close on Friday June 14, 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 business equipment, marketing and advertising, 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: click here. Applications must include quotes and other requested information. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more program information, rules and procedures, click here! Grant announcements will be made in July. Grants are awarded in $50 increments, with a maximum grant award of $1,000. Sixteen grants totaling $9,900 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’s Economic Development Director at (478) 988-2755 or Ashley.hardin@perry-ga.gov.

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Main Street Coordinator Hired

February 8, 2019

The City of Perry’s Main Street Coordinator position was filled internally by Haley Myers who is currently the Special Events Coordinator with the City.   The mission of the Perry Main Street Program is to promote and create a thriving central business district in Downtown Perry and along primary entrance corridors into the downtown development district, while preserving Perry’s historic resources and character. Haley Myers came to the City the end of 2017 after working as the Director of Marketing for BeLoved Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.  She is a graduate from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and Nonprofit Management. She has worked for various organizations such as Krochet Kids intl. in Costa Mesa, CA and Plywood People in Atlanta, GA, as a digital marketing specialist. While serving as the first ever Special Events Coordinator for the City of Perry this past year, Ms. Myers has learned about the community, it’s leadership, the city’s partners, local businesses and citizens.   She built events and memorable experiences from the ground up where everyone was able to come together in the heart of middle Georgia.  Her vision and work ethnic created a year full of fun community events! Ms. Myers comments, “I am excited to take on the role as Main Street Coordinator and serve the city in this new capacity. I look forward to walking alongside current and potential businesses, continuing historic preservation initiatives and creating new economic development projects throughout our Downtown Main Street District.  With the help and direction of our Main Street Advisory Board and committees, our trajectory is high and the potential for new growth and the enhancement of our city’s quality of life is very exciting!”

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BOOST winners announced

January 7, 2019

The latest recipients of a crowd-funded grant to “BOOST” downtown Perry’s businesses have been announced. BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides micro-grants to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district. Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate the program’s funds and vote on applications. During the surprise notifications on January 4 and January 7, two companies were awarded $500 each. Recollections by Lynn, located at 745 Main St., was awarded the funds to assist with advertising costs. Gottwals Books, located at 909 Carroll St, was awarded funds to help pay for new glass doors. These awards bring the total grants awarded to downtown Perry businesses to date to $10,400. The program was established in 2015. Previous recipients include Bodega Brew, Cory Allen Jones, Summit Physical Therapy, Davida’s Hair Salon, Tumblecheer Heroes, Mia’s Skincare Salon, Liberty Tax Service, Gentry Downtown Market, Two of a Kind, Eyewear Boutique, Central Computer Services, Shirts Like Mine and Mossy Creek Soap. Applicants may apply for funds for purchasing supplies, business equipment, marketing and advertising, a security system or eligible professional services. BOOST grants are awarded twice annually following a brief application window. The Perry Downtown Development Authority, the Economic Vitality Committee of Perry’s Main Street program, oversees the program. For more information, contact Perry Economic Development Director Ashley Hardin at (478) 988-2755 or ashley.hardin@perry-ga.gov or visit www.perry-ga.gov/economic-development/downtown-development-authority/boost-investment-group/.

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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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