Town of Pulaski
Strategic Plan & Vision
Approved by Town Council on August 4, 2009
Pulaski Town Council 2029 Vision
Since 1886, the Town of Pulaski has led the way in the New River Valley of Virginia. The resilient people of our Town have met every challenge for more than a century, successfully adapting to a changing economy and new opportunities. We face an exciting future with this same undeniable spirit. Our unmatched quality of life and scenic beauty make the Town a superb place to live and work. Our diverse, friendly, close knit community offers a wonderful unlimited alternative to big city life. The Town of Pulaski is one of the most sought after places to live in the New River Valley.
The Town of Pulaski’s success is assured by a focus on:
A--Unique Economic Opportunities
Pulaski is a diverse economic force in the region that has a unique approach. By embracing alternative energy, green friendly industry, and niche manufacturing, we have created a wealth of employment opportunities and insured a strong economic future. Cutting edge technology and small footprint, highly specialized industries are located here, attracted by access to well-planned, business-ready facilities and technology tools needed to be successful. Professional businesses are abundant, located in a pleasant environment that seamlessly integrates the new with the historic. Pulaski is known for adaptive re-use of its historical structures, thus maintaining the Town’s rich heritage and unique feel within its downtown and viable commercial and retail corridors. Friendly, cooperative leadership among the Council, town administration, local universities, and developers assure that the community welcomes high quality economic development and growth, as well as job creation and the retention of a diversified workforce.
Goal 1: Develop a strategy to foster high-tech businesses
Goal 2: Create a one-stop web presence and an enhanced information packet for potential clients
Goal 3: Implement Project NEEMO to kick off and assist further development in Commerce Park
Goal 4: Develop small business recruitment strategy
Goal 5: Encourage a five-year redevelopment plan, in cooperation with its owners, of the Pulaski Industrial Campus
Goal 6: Rebuild UDAG funds
Goal 7: Build specific bridges to colleges and universities that result in positive outcomes for the Town
Goal 8: Facilitate the development of a Town-wide plan for adaptive reuse
Goal 9: Initiate and support a business retention program
Goal 10: Determine opportunities for “green business”
B--Planning for a Progressive Community
Our community is well balanced. While progressive, we have retained the unique historical and architectural heritage of the Town. Adaptive reuse of our landmark buildings has contributed to successful economic development and diversified jobs, along with solidifying our community pride. Communication and a strong working relationship with citizens, businesses, other governments, and developers result in shared plans that make Pulaski a sustainable small town and a community in which people want to live. Adaptive zoning has contributed to growth but maintained our heritage. Our planning has given us the amenities found in much larger cities but without the hustle and bustle and congestion. From beautiful original architecture to brand new housing in more contemporary developments, our Town offers a wide choice of attainable housing. Home ownership is a source of pride in the Town of Pulaski as our housing market offers something for everyone.
Goal 1: Maintain an inventory of buildings and link Town website to the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance site for an inventory of available industrial buildings
Goal 2—Create a user friendly packet of information regarding applicable building codes and zoning codes with contact information
Goal 3 - Review the building codes and amend zoning codes as needed to encourage adaptive re-use and development.
Goal 4—Implement and complete boundary line adjustment
Goal 5: Complete the Southeast Neighborhood Renewal Grant if funded
Goal 6: Partner with regional realtors to showcase the Town’s assets and available housing
Goal 7: Develop and implement a strategy to enhance communications between the Town and citizens
C--Showplace of Southwest Virginia
Nestled at the foot of beautiful Draper’s Mountain with an unmatched scenic beauty, only minutes from I-81, the Town of Pulaski has something for everyone. Camp and fish at Gatewood Park while enjoying the stunning beauty of the crystal clear reservoir. Visit the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum to explore the rich transportation heritage of the Town. Stop by the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley and enjoy the diverse talents of many area artists. Hike and bike the wonderful New River Trail Extension into the heart of Downtown Pulaski. Cap the day with an exciting evening of professional minor league baseball at historic Calfee Park or catch a show at the celebrated Pulaski Theater. These are only a few examples of the exciting, low cost family activities that make the Town of Pulaski a “must stop” destination in Southwest Virginia.
Goal 1: Rebuild Depot to include enhancements at trail head
Goal 2: Develop Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for parks and recreational facilities
Goal 3: Support the completion of the Fine Arts Center and the Pulaski Theatre
Goal 4: Build new museum for historical artifacts
Goal 5: Development recruitment plan for Trail-related businesses
Goal 7: Enhance Town Tourism Plan
D--State of the Art Service and Support
High quality, modern infrastructure exists in our community. Citizens and businesses perceive that their basic needs are met responsively and are a good value. The Town of Pulaski is served by an excellent water supply from the Allegheny Mountains. The highest quality water in the region is delivered by a first class distribution system at a reasonable cost to citizens and businesses in the Town. An industrial wastewater pre-treatment facility has added capacity for new industry. The most up to date technologies are available to all to support communication, education, and business growth. Centrally located emergency medical, fire, and police departments insure timely and effective response to citizens’ emergency needs. Town citizens never have to worry about basic services – they are a given.
Goal1: Implement existing water study and identified sewer line repairs
Goal 2: Design, locate, and build public safety complex
Goal 3: Staff dispatch center to handle fire department communications
Goal 4: Evaluate feasibility to implement a complete broadband/fiber optic system
Goal 5: Find site for and relocate drop site
Goal 6: Determine current and future need of wastewater site (Old STP)
Goal 7: Assess the need for sewer pretreatment requirements
Goal 8: Enhance Town’s ability to attract qualified employment candidates and to retain qualified, well-trained, experienced professional staff
E--Inviting and Accessible
Visitors to Pulaski and our citizens find an easy and attractive entrance into the Town from one of three interstate exits or U.S. 11. Once arriving in Town, excellent traffic flow and signage help them find their destination naturally and efficiently. The Town of Pulaski is pedestrian friendly and is also a certified bicycle friendly community with ample trails, bike lanes, and bicycle racks. Pulaski also offers public transportation as an alternative to driving and provides regional connections to other transportation services, businesses, and recreational areas. Rail service is available with regional and national connections from Pulaski’s historic train station. Attractive advertising guides visitors to the abundant amenities located here.
Goal 1: Develop and implement a wayfaring signage system
Goal 2: Evaluate possibility of 2-way traffic on Main and Third streets
Goal 3: Enhance appearance of Town entrances on Route 11 and South Washington Avenue
Goal 4: Continue to support establishment of the TDX
Goal 5: Update and expand the Bike Path Plan
Goal 6: Widen the Route 99 corridor
F--Pulaski is What a Community Should Be
Community pride is evident throughout the entire Town. The visitor to Pulaski will be quick to notice the well-kept homes and businesses that adorn the neatly landscaped thoroughfares. Our neighborhoods are safe and attractive with a great sense of community. Pulaskians are warm, genuine, and take great pride in their heritage. The beauty of the mountains, streams, and unique architecture provide the perfect backdrop for the many parks and trails located in our Town. Staring at a new era, Pulaski citizens are excited about the future and optimistically greet the challenges and opportunities that emerge in our changing environment.
Goal 1: Continue blight elimination program
Goal 2: Expand community events
Goal 3: Develop and implement a campaign for the Town Vision and Plan
Town staff has recommended to council the following items receive priority with the first seven listed either being underway or slated to begin immediately.
(You may click on a goal below to return to the focus area that the goal applies to.)
#17 E-2 Evaluate possibility of 2-way traffic on Main and Third streets
Progress Report to date: