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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Virtual Summer Camp

June 3, 2020

The City of Perry Leisure Service’s Department will host “Camp’In,” a virtual summer camp, beginning June 9. This free, eight-week program will provide activities three days a week involving STEM education, games, physical activities, virtual field trips, and more. The curriculum is designed for children ages five through eleven. All ages, however, are welcome to participate and Perry residency is not required. Each week will include a different theme such as solving a mystery, Georgia history, and Perry themed activities. City of Perry Leisure Services Director, Sedrick Swan says, “the Perry Leisure Services Department will continue to meet our mission of providing leisure and recreational opportunities to our amazing citizens. Current circumstances require us to focus on bringing our summer camp in an innovative way. We hope the community enjoys our programming.” Participants can access the camp by visiting the City’s website at and clicking on the “Camp’In” icon. Start Here!

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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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Community Development Building Ribbon Cutting

November 7, 2019

We’re ready to cut the ribbon on our new Community Development building and we want you to be part of it! Join us on Friday, November 22 for our ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at 741 Main Street. Can’t make it at 11? No problem! Feel free to drop by during the day and see the awesome work happening in the Community Development department. We’re always planning a great community #wheregeorgiacomestogether.

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City of Perry Receives Over One Million Dollars in Grants

November 6, 2019

The City of Perry received over one million dollars in grant money during the Georgia Department of Community Affairs conference in October. Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Christopher Nunn presented two checks to Councilman Willie King during the conference.  Community Development Director Bryan Wood and Assistant City Manager Robert Smith were also in attendance. The $300,000 Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) Grant will be used to improve five homes in the Sandhill community which will complete the housing improvements in the neighborhood. The $996,350 Community Development Block Grant is marked to be used for street and storm drainage improvements along with housing rehabilitation in the Creekwood area.  This project will benefit 124 citizens specifically along Riley Street, Gordy Street, Stanley Street, and Baird Drive. The City of Perry Community Development office is located at 741 Main Street in Perry. Quality of life is what we do #wheregeorgiacomestogether.

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City of Perry Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting

November 4, 2019

The City of Perry Finance Department was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government of Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 20,500 members and the communities they serve.

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