Planning for Innovation (and a Second Chance) in Pulaski

The Town of Pulaski in partnership with Pulaski on Main will host an Informational Open House for interested citizens to learn about Pulaski Works, a year-long planning project funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission, on Friday, Jan. 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Located at the Pulaski Train Depot, 20 S. Washington Street, the meeting will allow interested citizens to visit at their convenience and learn more about the initiative from project organizers. The Project Team includes representatives from Pulaski County, New River Community College, and the New River/Mt. Rogers Regional Workforce Board. Work on the project began in mid-October.

“The Pulaski Works project represents an opportunity for the Town to work with important partners to consider how we can enhance entrepreneurial and workforce opportunities,” said Nichole Hair, Deputy Town Manager for Pulaski. “The Open House will engage residents from Pulaski and across the New River Valley on ideas to consider as we study a proposed facility to be located in downtown Pulaski.”

“Pulaski Works: Community-Based Planning for a Training Center and Makerspace” will study the need for and viability of a training center and makerspace to be located in downtown Pulaski developed (a) to increase the number of workers trained in regionally-needed skills and (b) to provide a location for innovators and entrepreneurs, while also (c) designing programs to meet the needs of individuals traditionally unable or disinclined to seek training (e.g., second career-seekers or those who have recently struggled with addiction or incarceration.

“The concept of creating a center for innovation and entrepreneurial development aligns with the vision established for Pulaski during the Community U sessions held in 2016,” added Catherine Van Noy, Interim Director for Pulaski on Main. “The Open House will introduce interested parties to the project and gather their input on programming or areas of focus they would like to see in the space.”

The ARC-funded project runs through September 30, 2020

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