The first Pulaski Works Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting was held on December 18 at the Pulaski County IT training Room. The Pulaski Works PAC is an ad hoc group organized to advise the Project Team for a year-long Appalachian Regional Commission planning grant.
The Town of Pulaski in partnership with the County and the New River Community College and the New River/Mt. Rogers Regional Workforce Board began work on an Appalachian Regional Commission-funded project in mid-October.
“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).
Representatives from a variety of organizations and sectors serve as a project brain trust of sorts to guide the work and offer insights into project activities.
The PAC will meet quarterly to review progress of the project and provide input relative to the members’ respective expertise.
Watch this site for upcoming information on Community Open Houses to share information about the ongoing project with the public.
By David Jay Prine