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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City of Perry Business Named “Small Business Rock Star”

March 18, 2015

The Guardian Centers in Perry has been recognized by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) as a 2015 Small Business Rock Star. Awarded to small businesses with less than 100 employees, the Small Business Rock Star designation recognizes exemplary businesses in Georgia that have demonstrated successes through innovative business practices. Click here for more information on the Guardian Centers. Click here for the GDEcD Small Business Rock Star press release.

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