Haley Myers, Main Street Coordinator

1211 Washington Street
Perry, GA 31069
Phone: (478) 988-2761
Fax: (478) 988-2725
Email: haley.myers@perry-ga.gov

Meeting Information

The Main Street Advisory Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. in the second floor conference room at Perry City Hall. Meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to get involved in the Main Street program by volunteering on one of the Four Points committees.


Community Partners
Perry Buzzard Drop
Perry Area Historical Society
Perry Music Festival
Perry Area Chamber of Commerce
Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter

Recent News

Mission

The mission of Perry Main Street Advisory Board 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.

Vision

The Perry Main Street Advisory Board is an organization of community partners dedicated to the economic growth and revitalization of Downtown Perry with a commitment to the preservation and promotion of our community’s historic resources and assets as part of our growth strategy.  The Perry Main Street Advisory Board utilizes the Main Street 4 Point Approach.

Perry Main Street Advisory Board will undertake events and marketing efforts to promote a vibrant and thriving central business district while promoting Downtown Perry as THE place to live, work and play in Middle Georgia. The program’s design goals will capitalize on historically significant features and attractive gateways and corridors.

Our priorities include the promotion and development of mixed-use concepts that will encourage connectivity and pedestrian-scale development, enhance livability and residential housing options, support recreation, cultural and leisure activities, facilitate economic restructuring and growth, and demonstrate a commitment to the historic character of Downtown Perry.

Responsibilities

Perry was designated as a Classic Main Street Program 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 design, economic restructuring, promotions and organization.

The City’s Main Street office is a division of its Economic Development Department, and the Main Street Coordinator works with the Main Street Advisory Boards' Board of Directors, composed of volunteers representing local businesses and agencies, on its activities.

The Main Street Advisory Board of Directors includes representatives from the following community partners:

Main Street activities include organizing and promoting downtown events; marketing campaigns; business recruitment, retention and promotion; promoting downtown as a destination for working, shopping, dining and living; promoting tourism and the arts; fundraising and sponsorship; historic district designation and adoption of design standards; public education about the community’s history and cultural resources; encouraging financial re-investment through building renovations, restorations and compatible new construction; educating the community about historic preservation and preservation-sensitive construction; and coordinating activities with other groups.

Downtown Perry hosts several annual events, including the Dogwood Festival, Peaches to Beaches, art shows, musical events and the New Year's Eve Buzzard Drop.  For guidelines on planning an event downtown, please, click here.

Many locally-owned restaurants offer a variety from fine dining to traditional Southern fare and gourmet sandwiches and salads. Downtown is also home to boutiques, gift shops, photography studios, professionals’ offices, a bookstore and the New Perry Hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Main Street Advisory Board promotes re-investment in historic buildings with its façade grant program. The City of Perry has adopted a design overlay to ensure that the new construction compliments existing architecture and the character of the City’s historic downtown.

The Main Street Advisory Board works with merchants, civic groups, local government and other community stakeholders to educate the community about Main Street’s Four Point Approach and to host events.

Main Street Programs

Façade Grant Program
The Main Street Advisory Board offers a downtown development district Façade Program to current and active businesses located within the City of Perry's downtown district. The purpose of the façade grant is to provide incentives to downtown business and property owners within the downtown development district to make improvement to historic properties, as well as to renovate and/or rehab buildings within the commercial core of Downtown Perry.

Facade Grant Guidelines and Application 

The Main Street Advisory Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Perry City Hall in the 2nd floor conference room.  Meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to get involved in the Main Street program by volunteering on one of the Four Points committees.

Main Street Four Point Approach:
The National Main Street Center points out that Main Street’s Four Points correspond to the four forces of real estate value: economic, political, social and physical.

Perry Downtown Development Authority operates as the program’s Economic Restructuring Committee. The DDA focuses on infrastructure improvement, business recruitment and expansion, diversifying the City’s economic base, assisting business owners with competitiveness and merchandising and filling vacant buildings with viable businesses that fill voids in the community’s business mix. Perry DDA meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room at Perry City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

The Organization Committee focuses on educating the community about the Main Street Program and building consensus and cooperation among community stakeholders. This committee oversees the program’s structure, volunteer recruitment, division of responsibilities and activities of the board, is composed of the Main Street Advisory Board of Directors’ officers. This committee meets as needed in the second floor conference room at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.
The Promotion Committee promotes downtown Perry’s businesses and attractions, spearheads advertising and marketing campaigns, organizes retail promotions and hosts special events. The committee also works with other community groups to support their events and marketing programs. This committee meets at noon on the third Wednesday of the month in the second floor conference room at City Hall.
The Design Committee concentrates on making downtown an inviting place for shopping, working, dining, visiting and living. The committee focuses on building rehabs, storefront designs, signage, parking, street furniture, public art, landscaping, window displays and maintenance. The committee encourages the restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties, encourages appropriate new construction, and advocates for sensitive design projects and planning for community growth and redevelopment. The committee also organizes heritage education and historic preservation awareness programs and projects. This committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month at noon in the second floor conference room at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.