Downtown Pulaski Vision to be Presented September 6

Community U participants will present the downtown vision to the Pulaski Town Council at the Council’s September 6 meeting at 7 PM. All of the Community U participants are encouraged to attend to be recognized for your contributions.

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The presentation bridges our visioning phase with the planning phase of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Management Team and the early implementation projects that we’ll coordinate through Pulaski on Main.

Next Meeting: Wed. Aug 24, 6 PM

vision2We’ll meet at the Pulaski Train station on Wednesday, August 24 at 6 PM to review the outreach materials.

Then we’ll use them for the August 27 nonprofit outreach event.   We’ll then present the same vision message to the Town Council on September 6.

Watch the blog on Tuesday, Aug 23 for a posting of the language so that you can review it before our meeting.

We’ll use this language to engage new partners, develop our master plan for downtown, underpin our brand refinement, and support investment in specific projects.

Where we stand now with the broader language:

A growing community, Pulaski has a tradition of neighbors supporting each other.  Established businesses and entrepreneurs seeking opportunity will find the same spirit. Downtown Pulaski has always been the heart of a livable community, sociable and hardworking, walkable and welcoming. We change with the times, adjusting quickly to markets and the world around us, without losing our unique character.

Today, communities that attract investment require connections to nature, cultural assets, and fast dependable broadband. Tomorrow’s Pulaski will be synonymous with our signature asset Peak Creek.  Our outdoor culture will feature an integrated system of trails and parks that make cycling an option for both leisure and transportation. Our cultural offerings will include fine arts and crafts, a lively restored theater, historic Calfee Park, and a boutique hotel.  Downtown will have high-speed telecommunications access and quality housing stock in and surrounding the district. Catalytic investments in downtown and surrounding businesses will highlight Pulaski’s character and potential.

Peak performance: Entrepreneurs and business leaders gather downtown. Custom manufacturers use new technologies to continue the regional tradition of innovation. And those growing their businesses will find it an ideal place to grow a family as well. “Around here,” people say, “everyone is making something, and making things better.”

A community of choice in the New River Valley, Downtown Pulaski offers the best of Southwest Virginia living.  Now is the time to take a closer look. There’s progress visible on our streets daily, and there are still real opportunities available. Pulaski is rising, together.  Join us.

It’s time: Wednesday 6 PM, Pulaski Train Station

IMG_9867Community U meets again on Wednesday (8/10) at 6 PM at the Pulaski Train Station.  We’ll polish up a short term outreach strategy. Then we’ll talk more about organizing a central convening point for action and stewardship of Downtown Pulaski efforts. We’ll:

  • Review communication materials and plan Marketplace outreach
  • Pulaski on Main update
  • Virginia Downtowns overview
  • Review and start planning next steps for September and October events
    • Small Mural/Paint project
    • Images in Pulaski on Main storefront in September
    • Pulaski Fest, Sep 24: fast, simple, visible parklet mock up
    • Community U Town Council Presentation
    • Clean Up Support: October 1
    • Presence at two football games

See you there.

Our Town: Pulaski

At our last Community U meeting, Catherine Van Noy presented the potential of applying for National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town resources to further progress toward the vision being developed by the Community U team.

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Whittier Neighborhood Mural: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, courtesy NEA: Exploring Our Town

The program provides support for creative placemaking projects that “strategically link communities and local governments with artists, designers, and arts organizations to improve quality of life, create a sense of place, and revitalize local economies.” It’s been used around the country and in Virginia communities such as Cape Charles and Roanoke. Explore Our Town projects online in the following categories:

Public Art
Public Spaces
Community Design, and
The Creative Economy.

A project team is coming together now to explore the possibility. Interested in helping out?

  • Come to the August 10, 6 PM Community U meeting at the train station for an update, and
  • Attend a special Our Town planning meeting on Monday, August 15 from 3:30-5 PM.

 

We’re moving to action.

We’re really getting there.  If you missed our last session, read the notes from the July 25 Community U session and see how we’re moving to action in the coming weeks.

Meeting 8 Notes (PDF)
Meeting 8 Notes (DOC)

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6 PM at the Train Station.  We’ll review our outreach materials and prepare for our Marketplace presence. We’ll refine the actions and build some teams for the coming fall efforts.  Here we go; Pulaski is rising.

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Re-Vision Pulaski

Picture1Come to the Train Station on July 25th at 6 PM to talk about next steps: getting the word out and our initial projects. 

Full meeting notes and vision (PDF)
Full meeting notes and vision (DOC)
Working Draft (DOC)

DRAFT: DOWNTOWN PULASKI’s PEAK CREEK VISION

A growing community, Pulaski has a tradition of neighbors supporting each other. Established businesses and entrepreneurs seeking opportunity will find the same spirit. Downtown Pulaski has always been the heart of the community, sociable and hardworking, walkable and welcoming. We adjust quickly to markets and the world around us, without losing our unique character.

Today, communities that attract investment require connections to nature, cultural assets, and fast dependable broadband internet access. Tomorrow’s Pulaski will be synonymous with our signature asset Peak Creek. Our outdoor culture will feature an integrated system of trails and parks that make cycling an option for both leisure and transportation. Our cultural offerings will include fine arts and crafts, a lively restored theater, historic Calfee Park, and a boutique hotel. Downtown will have high-speed telecommunications access and quality housing stock in and surrounding the district. Catalytic investments in downtown and surrounding businesses will highlight Pulaski’s character and potential.

Peak performance: Entrepreneurs and business leaders gather downtown. Custom manufacturers use new technologies to continue the regional tradition of innovation. And those growing their businesses will find it an ideal place to grow a family as well. “Around here,” people say, “everyone is making something, and making things better.”

A community of choice in the New River Valley, Downtown Pulaski offers the best of Southwest Virginia living and now is the time to take a second look.

See you on July 25th at 6 PM at the Train Station.

 

Tonight: The Pulaski Vision


Picture3Tonight:  
we pull together the vision.

We’ll head into next steps, discussing outreach to bring additional voices in and to build support for moving forward.  We’ll also begin identifying quick action steps.

Review the Draft Vision (PDF).
Review the Draft Vision (DOC).
Explore quick action strategies.

6 PM
Monday, July 18
Pulaski Train Station

Draft Downtown Pulaski Vision for Review

IMG_9861The Community U team has compiled a draft vision after six meetings filled with investigation and discussion. We’ll go deeper with it on July 18, 2016 at 6 PM at the Train Station. Prepare for the meeting by reading and marking up the draft vision with your thoughts..  It’s a starting point to pull out more strategies for advancing downtown Pulaski. Bring your perspective!

Build a Better Block…and More

The next Community U meeting will be on July 18 at 6 PM.  That’s a few weeks off for our group, but things will still be happening…

  • IMG_9866Nichole, Christiana, and Michael will be attending the Downtown Intersections event in Staunton on July 11-13.  (Contact Nichole if you’re interested in this annual Main Street training.)
  • After last evening’s strong conversation on the vision for Pulaski, we’re pinning down some draft vision language for the group to review. Watch your inbox for that.
  • On the resources page, we’ve posted some new websites.  Dive into these idea starters to prep for our conversation on near-term improvements.

Quick Impact Strategies
The Better Block
Lighter, Quicker Cheaper (Project for Public Places)
Small Bets (Strong Towns)
Thriving Places Project

Plus a quick bonus read…
Volunteer…(Melody Warnick on loving where you live)