Summit Physical Therapy Check With People

Downtown Development Authority Awards Grant to Downtown Business

December 13, 2019

Spencer Shugart, owner of Summit Physical Therapy, is the latest recipient of the crowd-funded Perry Downtown Development Authority (DDA) “BOOST” grant. The money will be spent on a Clinical Electrotherapy & Ultrasound Combo Unit which will be utilized to reduce pain and increase healing in muscle and tendon injuries. BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides micro-grants to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district.   They have awarded over $12,000 in grants since 2015. Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate the program’s funds and vote on applications.  Current members include William Jackson of Ace Hardware, Dey Palmer of Bank of Perry, Davis Cosey of Davis Oil Company, Cheri Adams of Houston Home Journal, Brian Burnham of Perry Animal Hospital, and Dianna Hall of Village Boutique. Those interested becoming a new BOOSTer or for more information, contact Perry Economic Development Director Ashley Hardin at (478) 988-2755, email Mrs. Hardin, or visit http://bit.ly/2RJrE6P.

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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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BOOST Applications Now Available

October 31, 2019

Downtown Perry’s small businesses may apply for a grant to purchase equipment and eligible supplies. The Perry Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, is accepting applications for the tenth round of BOOST grants; applications will be accepted from November 4-22.  Only existing, brick-and-mortar businesses in Perry’s downtown development district are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply for funds to purchase business equipment, eligible interior renovations, façade grants if the applicant owns the property, a security system or professional services.  Grant funds may not be used for payment of salaries, debts, rent, lease, mortgage, rental deposits, utility bills, late payments or fees, alcohol, tobacco, medicine, inventory, or ingredients or components used to produce inventory. Applications must be submitted online on the City of Perry’s Economic Development page and must include quotes and other requested information.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Program information, rules and procedures are available at http://bit.ly/2JxS4Us. Grant announcements will be made in December.  Grants are awarded in $50 increments, with a maximum grant award of $1,000. Sixteen grants totaling nearly $10,000.00 have been awarded to downtown Perry businesses since July 2015. BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides grant funds to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the district.  The DDA, the economic vitality arm of Perry’s Main Street Program, holds the funds until they are awarded. The BOOST program is always seeking more participants/businesses to assist in funding the BOOST recipients. “If your business is blessed and you are seeking an outlet to help support businesses in Downtown Perry, then we would be happy to add you to our BOOSTer roster.  We welcome and encourage participation from the Perry business community,” says Ashley Hardin, City of Perry Economic Development Director and DDA staff Member. For more information, please contact Perry’s Economic Development Director at (478) 988-2755 or Ashley.Hardin@perry-ga.gov.

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Don’t Forget! Minority Business Development Luncheon – Friday, October 16, 2015

August 18, 2015

Looking to grow or start a business here in Perry? Make plans to attend the first-ever Minority Business Development Luncheon here in Perry on Friday, October 16 from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Perry Arts Center in downtown Perry. Working with the Pastoral Alliance of Perry and Vicinity, the City is hosting this FREE EVENT with the goal of promoting business and employment growth and development and entrepreneurship within the local minority community. Resources will be on-hand to provide information and expert assistance on how to grow or start a business here in Perry. Plus, enjoy lunch and networking with other business owners and entrepreneurs. All are welcome! Bishop Milton Wynn with Greater Word of Deliverance Ministries will be speaking with those in attendance and we will also welcome Ms. Donna Ennis, Project Director for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center located at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, as our keynote speaker. Ms. Ennis and her organization is at the forefront of minority business development here in Georgia and this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from her. MBDA Atlanta For more information, please find the event flyer below or contact Mr. Robert Smith with the City of Perry at (478) 988-2757 or via email at robert.smith@perry-ga.gov. MBDL Event Flyer  

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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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