Perry has received accreditation for 2018 as a Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

Perry’s Main Street program works to promote and create a thriving business district downtown and along main corridors into downtown, while preserving Perry’s historic resources and character.

“We are excited for Perry’s Main Street Program to receive annual accreditation and pleased to know that our program continues to be a catalyst for investment and job creation downtown,” Perry Main Street Advisory Board Chairman Trish Cossart said.

“Some of our exciting projects for the coming year are a coupon fundraiser that promotes downtown businesses, and we are discussing an outdoor dining event downtown in early November,” she said.

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards.

Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years.

Today, Main Street America is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses and rehabilitated more than 276,800 buildings.