State Sen. Hackworth visits county’s Innovation Center

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Pictured (from left): Pulaski County BOS member Jeff Reeves, Lydia Gilmer, Grange Newton, Senator Travis Hackworth, Sean Oliver, Pulaski County BOS, Chair, Laura Walters and Pulaski County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.


On Tuesday, August 9, Senator Travis Hackworth (38th District) visited the Pulaski County Innovation Center in Fairlawn. After meeting with Lydia Gilmer, and seeing the 50,000 square foot center, the Senator praised the center as a model that needs to be duplicated throughout Southwest Virginia.

Senator Travis Hackworth stated that “I was so impressed with the great incubator concept at the Pulaski County Innovation Center. The Innovation Center is home to 40 tenants across a variety of industry and retail sectors, including the Small Business Solutions Department which provides one-on-one advising services to all businesses and startups. Entrepreneurship is the seed of economic growth, and Pulaski County embraces their small businesses. The future is strong for this vibrant community.”

The Center offers an array of office spaces, manufacturing bays, and office suits to meet the needs of the local business community.

In addition to conference and co-working space for tenants and local organizations, it is home to Pulaski County’s Small Business Solutions Department. This office provides a creative space to conceptualize and actualize potential business ideas, explore new possibilities, and find solutions for any business challenges that arise along the way of strategic planning.

Senator Hackworth stated that: “Every county needs an Innovation Center and the foresight of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors along county leadership and staff enables Pulaski County to be a step ahead. Relocating the Pulaski County Chamber to the center provides additional collaboration with small businesses and every business in the center is a member of the Pulaski County Chamber.”