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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Perry Awarded CHIP Grant!

June 1, 2016

The City of Perry was awarded $306,000 through the Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for housing rehabilitation activities in Perry’s Sand Hill neighborhood! In an effort led by the City of Perry Housing Team the City prepared and submitted, with the assistance of Grant Specialists of Georgia, Inc., an application for funding in December 2015 that centered on rehabilitating owner-occupied homes in Sand Hill, a target neighborhood for ongoing Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) activities overseen by the Perry Housing Team. Sand Hill is an historic mill neighborhood with approximately 190 homes just South of Downtown Perry, many of them substandard or dilapidated. This grant will work in conjunction with a number of ongoing efforts in the neighborhood geared towards bettering the homes and lives of Sand Hill residents. Moving forward, funds should be available for use by August or September of this year and grant funded rehabilitation projects will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. The City will be accepting requests and compiling a list of possible projects beginning in July. In order to be eligible homes must be owner-occupied and the owners must meet specific income requirements. If you live in Sand Hill and are interested in working with the Perry Housing Team on a rehabilitation project for your home please contact Mrs. Christine Sewell with the City of Perry Department of Community Development at (478) 988-2720. Official release from DCA: DCA CHIP Award Announcement Perry Housing Team information: Perry Housing Team For more information regarding the grant program or the Perry Housing Team please contact Mr. Robert Smith, Perry Housing Team Leader, at (478) 988-2757 or via email at robert.smith@perry-ga.gov.  

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