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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The Grub Crawl

September 4, 2020

Dine! Drink! Dessert! DISCOVER! September 18, 2020 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Event Map Event Details Join us for the City of Perry’s first ever citywide “Grub Crawl”, as we invite more than a dozen food trucks and vendors to set up simultaneously at our various parks and public spaces throughout the City of Perry! From smoothies to shaved ice and BBQ to burritos, there is sure to be something on the map to satisfy everyone in the family! Additionally, participating restaurants within our Historic Downtown Restaurant District will be featuring specialty beverages and menu items, live entertainment and so much more! Visit one location or visit them all – it’s up to you! Expand picture *All vendors and attendees will be asked to comply with current CDC guidelines, including practicing social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet distance between yourself and other attendees at all times during this event, washing your hands frequently, and face masks are encouraged. To learn more, please visit:

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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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Run Big Shop Small Virtual Race

June 18, 2020

The Perry Main Street Program is hosting Run Big, Shop Small Virtual Race to support the small businesses that make Historic Downtown Perry a vibrant place! Participants will register and pledge to complete the distance of their choice from 1 mile, 5k, 10k, or Half Marathon. The race may be completed almost anywhere – neighborhoods, gyms, or Historic Downtown Perry. Participants can complete their race during any day of their choosing. They are, however, encouraged to complete their run between July 18-26. Runners and walkers of all fitness levels are welcome to participate. The $30.00 official registration packet includes a Run Big, Shop Small t-shirt, event medal, and race bib.  Packets will be available for pick-up prior to race week in Historic Downtown Perry. Registration spots are limited and will close on July 3, 2020. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Perry Main Street Program whose mission is to promote a thriving downtown business district while preserving Perry’s historic resources and character. Thank you to event sponsors The Creek 100.9 FM, Visit Perry!, AF Realty Group, Moulliet Productions, KustomTees of Middle Georgia, and Inspire Pilates Studio. Visit our website to register and learn more about Run Big, Shop Small: A Virtual Race to Support Downtown Perry Businesses.  

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Downtown Businesses Benefit From Main Street Resiliency Grant

June 15, 2020

The Perry Main Street Advisory Board awarded over $4,700 in grant money to nineteen Historic Downtown Perry businesses. The grants are funded through the Perry Main Street Program Small Business Resiliency Grant. The Resiliency Fund is intended to support small businesses and their employees in Perry’s downtown district who are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. City of Perry’s Main Street Coordinator Haley Bryant said, “As we move forward, together, the Perry Main Street program will continue to provide resources and opportunities that encourage economic stability and sustainability to our local businesses. Our hope is that our business owners feel supported as we continue to attract new businesses and visitors. We strive to create a place for everyone to call Historic Downtown Perry home. None of it would be possible without our small businesses which are the spine of our local economy and the heartbeat of our community.” Trish Cossart, business owner of Cossart Design and Board Chair of the Main Street Advisory Board, said, “The Advisory Board, along with generous donations from the Samaritan Closet organization and the Perry Convention and Visitor Bureau, were able to award a grant to nineteen of our local businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Main Street Program is committed to the businesses in Historic Downtown Perry. We will continue to support them in any way possible.” The mission of the Perry Main Street Advisory Board is to promote a thriving downtown business district while preserving Perry’s historic resources and character. For more information about the Main Street Program or the grant, please contact Mrs. Bryant at 478-988-2761 or Media Coverage Historic Downtown Perry small businesses awarded Resiliency Grant – 41 NBC Perry businesses receive “Resiliency Grant” to help recover from COVID-19 pandemic – 13 WMAZ

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Downtown Perry Business Operations List

May 13, 2020

Looking for something to do? Start by choosing to support local! Several of our Downtown Businesses are locally owned by our friends and families and they are readily available to safely serve YOU, our community! Here are only a few ways to support them during this time. Please see below for specific retail/service/restaurant updates. Bridals by Gilbert – Open by appointment only Casserole Shop – Open & fully operational Central Computer Services LLC – Open & fully operational Cossart Design – Open Monday-Friday, 10-5:30PM Initial Reaction – Open & Fully operational Jones and Company – Curbside Pick-up and delivery Kollier & Co. – Open & fully operational Kelly Massey Gordon – Open by appointment Morning By Morning Coffee – Open 10AM-2PM, outdoor seating available Mossy Creek Natural – Open and fully operational on Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5pm Perry Area Historical Society – Closed Perry Drug Company – Open and fully operational Recollections by Lynn – Open and fully operational open and fully operational Monday- Friday from 9AM-5PM, Saturdays until 2PM Reflections Salon – Open and fully operational Schultze’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop – Curbside Pick-Up & Takeout Sugarplum Tree – Open & fully operational The Perfect Pear Catering, LLC – Open Sunday-Wednesday from 11AM-2PM SKINfinity Studio – Open by appointment The Swanson – Curbside, Delivery, Online ordering and takeout, outdoor seating available Tre Bella Hair Salon – Open by appointment Village Boutique – Open & fully operational beginning May 19th YES It’s Consignment – Open Thursday-Saturday *Each business status is subject to change at any time. Please follow their page for contact information, hours of operation, and sales. If you are a downtown businesses and would like to be added to this list or your business status needs to be updated at anytime, please comment below. Thank you for choosing to #ShopDowntownPerry, Where Georgia Comes Together!

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Perry Main Street Program Small Business Resiliency Grant

April 16, 2020

The Perry Main Street Advisory Board is administering the Perry Main Street Program Small Business Resiliency Grant fund created in response to the COVID-19 world health emergency and pandemic. The Resiliency Fund is intended to support small businesses and their employees in the downtown district of Perry who are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Main Street Program is making available one-time grants (not to exceed amounts of $500) to small businesses located in the Perry Downtown District to offset expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak. This grant is intended to support small businesses and their employees. The Main Street Program will determine, in its sole discretion, how to allocate available funds based on review of the eligibility criteria listed below: ● The business must be located within the downtown Perry District. ● The business must have experienced significant reduction in staffing capacity or in working capital due to the COVID-19 outbreak. ● The business must have less than 10 Full time and/or part time employees. ● The business must be able to show how the grant funding will be used (i.e. maintain employees on payroll, delivery of goods to customers, changing business model, etc.). ● The amount of grant funding awarded will be made upon applicant’s submission of receipts for eligible project costs. More information and application

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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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