Pulaski to bring training center, develop trade and entrepreneur skills

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PULASKI, Va. (WDBJ7)— The Town of Pulaski has received a grant to start looking into developing a training center and makerspace. Officials are hopeful to help the community jumpstart their careers while building a highly skilled, competitive workforce.

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Congressman Morgan Griffith recently announced the $44,142 planning grant for the town. Pulaski officials plan to develop a space in the downtown to increase workforce skills lacking in the New River Valley, all while having a place and the equipment to bring innovation and entrepreneurship.

“There’s a lot of options, we just have to figure out how it all fits and do the planning process,” said Deputy Town Manager Nichole Hair.

Hair said they want to create a place where people can learn trade skills and even start a business with perhaps a tourism aspect. She said the energy that comes with these co-working and learning spaces is unmatched.

“They’re feeding off of one another, they support one another,” Hair said. “You may have the CPA that doesn’t want to work out of their home, but they can offer business support to an entrepreneur that’s starting a new business.”

Although town officials won’t say which building they’re considering to use at this time, the planning grant helps them look at other programs in Blacksburg and Abingdon to figure out what’s best for Pulaski.

“We’re looking at different options and seeing how we fit in that scale model, where we can see a need in our community and how we can benefit the New River Valley together,” Hair said.

This project is still in its very early stages, but it may be complete in the next two to three years. The town plans to get public input after the new year.

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