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Opening of the Circuit Court Clerk's Office

Posted: July 2nd, 2020

The long awaited opening of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is here.

On Monday, July 6, 2020 the Pulaski Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will re-open to the public with regular hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the following restrictions:

  1. When entering the courthouse and while visiting the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office you must wear a mask unless you have medical problems that prohibit you from doing so.
  2. There is a limit of only 3 persons at a time in the deed room/vault area.
  3. There is a limit of only 2 persons at a time at the front counter.
  4. While there are two office doors, you shall enter the door that is labeled ENTER but not before checking through the door window to see if there are less than two persons at the counter. If so, you may enter and conduct business.
  5. There are chairs in the lobby where you may sit and wait to enter the office
  6. When you are ready to leave the clerk’s office, please follow the arrows on the floor directing you to the EXIT door.
  7. If you have questions about any of the restrictions, please call the office before coming to the courthouse.
  8. I encourage attorneys to continue e-filing civil cases.
  9. I encourage e-recording for land records through Simplifile.com
  10. Courtesy Secure Remote Access and OCRA courtesy access will not be available after Monday, July 6, 2020

My thanks to the citizens of the County of Pulaski for working with us through the closing of our office!! Please do your best to stay well.

Maetta H.Crewe, Clerk


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Independence Day Closings

Posted: July 2nd, 2020

Pulaski County Administrative Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.


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Citizens of Pulaski County are reminded to complete the U.S. Census

Posted: May 19th, 2020

Pulaski County Administration is reminding citizens of the importance of completing their Census form if they have not done so already. In April, Census officials mailed post cards to every household in America, provided instructions on completing the 2020 Census; however, with the outbreak of COVID-19 bringing our nation to a standstill many residents have forgotten all about the 10-year count that has been taking place in the United States since 1790. Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates a ten year census of the nation and a 2020 count will mark the 24th time the country has counted its population.

Assistant County Administrator, Anthony Akers serves on the Census Complete Count Committee and reports the response rate for Pulaski County as of May 19 is at 56.7% of citizens that have responded. The current national average is at 59.6% and Virginia response is at 64.7%. If any household has misplaced their Census information, they may go to My2020Census.gov and follow the simple instructions. It takes a little less than 10 minutes to complete the census. The Census provides critical data that affects the number of representatives a community receives in local, state, and national government as well as billions of dollars in federal and state funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other valuable resources.

During this time residents are reminded that the Census Bureau will never ask you for your: Full Social Security Number, banking information, political positions or money and donations. Pulaski County is asking local residents to help encourage their friends and loved ones who may or may not have completed their Census forms to do so as the results will affect every resident.


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Pulaski County Local Government Reopening Plans

Posted: May 18th, 2020

Pulaski County Administration discontinued teleworking and County employees returned to a report-to-work schedule. The County is preparing to safely reopen county facilities to the public on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, with adherence to health safety guidelines.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the County also plans to reopen all segments of county outdoor recreation facilities and will reopen all county operated indoor recreation facilities with adherence to health safety guidelines as well as adherence to the Commonwealth’s applicable phased approach reopening guidelines (Phase I, II, or III). For specific questions regarding reopening, please call County Administration at 540-980-7705.

“It is important to denote that we want to safely resume county operations and safely reopen county facilities, but do so with a focus on mitigating any possible spread of the virus to better keep our employees and the public safe and feeling safe”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We have been very fortunate here in Pulaski County to have had no new confirmed or known active cases in our community in quite some time, with the only known new or active case(s) being an inmate(s) quarantined and effectively isolated within the regional jail.

Pulaski County has not yet made a final determination on certain summer activities, community events, or parks and recreation operations. The County will continue to monitor national and state reopening guidelines as well as the Governor’s Executive Order(s) in making the final decision on when and what will reopen or resume.


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New River Valley Public Health Task Force Releases Working Smart. Working Safe. Guidebook

Posted: May 8th, 2020

The guidebook outlines promising practices for small/local business operations as they transition to re-opening in the age of COVID-19 following the expiration of the Governor’s Executive Order 53

In anticipation of the upcoming expiration of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53, the New River Valley Public Health Task Force Recovery Team has created Working Smart, Working Safe., a resource for small and local business operations transitioning to re-opening following the COVID-19 outbreak.

“This guidebook is a tool leaders across the region developed for our local businesses,” said Kevin Byrd, Executive Director of the New River Valley Regional Commission. “It doesn’t supersede any forthcoming direction from Governor Northam; however, it does provide critical information that we want our local business leaders to have in an effort to help them prepare for re-opening their operations.”

Working Smart. Working Safe. is a resource to help local businesses navigate reopening in their communities amid COVID-19. It is to be used to as a guideline to help serve customers and accommodate employees. The collaborative and comprehensive document was created by the New River Valley Regional Commission, Onward NRV, and chamber of commerce and tourism offices across the region.

“The New River Valley has done a great job of addressing and containing the COVID19 outbreak,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, Director, New River Health District. “While this virus isn’t going away, we have to learn how to live with it and progress toward finding a new normal. The resource guide for re-opening we’re providing to local and small businesses is a step in that direction.”

New River Valley Working Smart. Working Safe.


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Pulaski County Parks and Recreation and County Parks Update

Posted: April 28th, 2020

In an effort to help the citizens of Pulaski County better cope with the restrictions associated with COVID-19, County Administration will be reopening Randolph Park for daily limited access beginning Friday, May 1, 2020, beginning at 8:00am.

The following amenities that will reopen are as follows: walking/hiking trails, asphalt walking track, disc golf course, tennis courts and restroom facilities. The areas that will remain closed and off limits for public activities are the Baseball/Softball Fields, Basketball and Volleyball Courts, Playground and Picnic Shelters. These limited activities will be allowed during the normal park hours of 6:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. seven (7) days per week. (Park gates will be closed at 8pm daily) The pool facility is currently under a delayed opening of July 1, 2020 but the pool season still depends on future guidelines for allowable summer-type congregate activities.

Pulaski County remains mindful of the precautionary measures that are in place in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Social distancing measures are required when utilizing any area of the park. We trust citizens will remain adherent to the restrictions set in place for the Commonwealth, prohibiting groups of ten or more people. We strongly encourage park patrons to appropriately wear masks or face coverings when utilizing these spaces within Randolph Park for the benefit of others. The smaller community parks located throughout the county remain open for walking/running and other social distanced type activities. Activities that attract larger groups in a small setting such as gatherings, basketball/baseball/softball games, and usage of playground equipment remain prohibited within all county parks until further advised.


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Responding to the 2020 Census

Posted: April 14th, 2020

Be sure to respond to the 2020 Census if you haven't already. You can complete it at https://my2020census.gov/ today. Find out how to respond at 2020census.gov


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Pulaski County Encouraging Citizens to Follow the CDC’s Safety Recommendations

Posted: April 8th, 2020

Pulaski County is encouraging all of its citizens to heed the recommendations of the CDC and take extra measures of precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Everyone in Pulaski County should seriously consider wearing cloth face coverings when out in public when conditions exist that make social distancing difficult.

Although Pulaski County has had a relatively small amount of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, the New River Valley may be reaching a point of critical mass that COVID-19 could be at a level of community spread. This means you can possibly get COVID-19 from anywhere within the community and you do not technically have to travel or know a person who is ill in order to get it.

“We understand there is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they never develop symptoms or before their symptoms begin. So, we are encouraging our folks to simply take extra precautions with their health and the health of others by wearing face coverings when in close contact with others,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We also want to encourage our citizens not to take any unnecessary risks and to use the recommend safety practices the CDC and Virginia Department of Health have denoted during this sensitive time.”

Please continue to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Wearing an appropriate face covering or mask when in public spaces
  • Washing your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Keeping household surfaces clean (including cell phones)
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue (and discard it) or your interior elbow
  • Avoiding touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face
  • Practicing ‘social distancing’ and avoid shaking hands
  • Remaining at home if you are sick and avoiding others who are sick
  • Staying home except in extremely limited circumstances

The New River Health District has activated a local public health hotline at: (540) 267-8240. Virginia Department of Health (VDH) also has a public health hotline at: 877-ASK-VDH3


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Pulaski County Parks & Recreation Operating Dates and Cancellations

Posted: April 8th, 2020

Pulaski County Youth Spring Sports

In response to Virginia’s stay at home order (due to COVID-19) in effect until June 10th 2020, Pulaski County Parks & Recreation has canceled all 2020 spring sports programs. Previously paid program fees for participants will be credited to their child’s next sporting activity.

Randolph Park and Pool Operation

Our first and main priority is ensuring all of our Pulaski County citizens remain safe and healthy. Unfortunately, Randolph Park will remain closed until at least June 10th due to the large gathering areas and activities inside the park. The earliest date that the Randolph Park Pool facility is scheduled to open as of now is Wednesday, July 1, 2020. We will abide by any further instructions in extended delay or closure of the park and pool facility as determined by governmental orders.

Randolph Park Summer Camp

As of now, Randolph Park Summer Camp is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 6, 2020. Registrations are currently being received online and via mail with no down payment required due to the fact that camp may not take place this summer pending further governmental orders.


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Public Service Announcement

Posted: April 8th, 2020

Please be advised of the following measures Pulaski County has engaged in to help keep our citizens and personnel safe:

  • Declared a Local State of Emergency for Pulaski County, VA effective – 03/21/20 (Ratified 03/23/20)
  • Discontinued the public’s access into all County facilities (delivery of core and essential county services will continue until further advised) – effective 03/24/20 (The County will utilize email, regular mail, telephones, facsimile, teleconferencing and other appropriate communication platforms in the delivery of services to prevent face-to face interactions between the public and its employees).
  • Implemented mask and face covering protocols for all First Responders effective – 04/06/20
  • Implemented utilization of masks for all essential county employees effective – 04/13/20
  • Implemented Telework solutions for the safe continuance of local government operations on 04/01/20
  • Implemented a county-wide ‘Nonessential Spending Freeze’ effective – 03/24/20
  • Developed a dedicated webpage within the Pulaski County website to host information on COVID-19 Coronavirus and be a one-stop repository for facts, information and local updates regarding the situation www.pulaskicounty.org
  • Declared by Resolution a ‘County Day of Prayer’ in Response to COVID-19 on Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Temporarily closed all community conference rooms in the NRV Business Center until April 17, 2020 and have closed the facility to the public and are limiting access to only the Business Center’s tenants and their escorted guests effective – 03/18/20
  • Temporarily closed all public access to the Pulaski County Communications Center effective – 03/17/20
  • Suspended business travel for all county employees to within a 40 mile radius until April 17, 2020 effective – 03/17/20
  • Temporarily closed the public libraries until further notice effective – 03/17/20
  • Temporarily closed the PSA office in Dublin to walk-ins and will ONLY be using the drive-thru window to serve Public Service Authority customers effective – 03/17/20
  • Temporarily suspended all Parks & Recreation games, activities and programs effective - 03/14/20
  • Temporarily closed all Pulaski County recreation facilities effective – 03/14/20
  • Temporarily closed the Pulaski County Welcome Center effective – 03/14/20
  • Focusing the County’s custodial services on routine disinfection of public spaces effective – 03/14/20
  • Engaged Pulaski County’s Emergency Operations Center Management Team
  • Engaged Essential Positions for Operations Procedures to identify all essential personnel that are critical to the provision of essential operations in preparation for an organization-wide closure.
  • Spacing out chairs in the Board of Supervisors meeting room to better accommodate the public while promoting social distancing.
  • Sent letter to Governor and state legislators for inclusion of funding for the Economic Development Administration in any requests for federal assistance to support disaster recovery for our business community.
  • Developed new County Employee Policies in direct response to the Coronavirus Response Act – Leave & Pay Entitlement adopted on 03/23/20 and effective – 04/01/20

Pulaski County Administration will continue to work with our applicable partner agencies to closely monitor, evaluate and react as needed and will communicate to the public accordingly.


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First Responders to Begin Protocols to Protect Themselves

Posted: April 6th, 2020

Pulaski County is taking precautionary measures in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Police, fire and rescue personnel have been strongly encouraged to wear masks or face coverings when responding to calls and interacting with the public.

This practice will not affect how public safety personnel respond or operate. All police, fire and rescue agencies in Pulaski County and the Towns of Pulaski and Dublin will continue to respond to calls, but will be implementing this added precaution to help ensure the safety of the first responders and the public.

“Our first responders are on the frontlines of this public health crisis 24-7, and it is critically important that we help ensure their safety so they can effectively continue to ensure ours,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “These brave men and women answer calls that place them at a higher risk of potential exposure, so we our providing them with the proper equipment and encouraging its use to protect each of them, the public and our systems of care from possible coronavirus spread.”

Please continue to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Keeping household surfaces clean (including cell phones)
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue (and discard it) or your interior elbow
  • Avoiding touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face
  • Practicing ‘social distancing’ and avoid shaking hands
  • Remaining at home if you’re sick and avoiding others who are sick
  • Staying home except in extremely limited circumstances.

Should you feel ill, please follow the guidelines outlined below:

Symptoms of Coronavirus - http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

  • Call your health care provider or your local health dept. - (do not go to the emergency room).
  • The New River Health District has activated a local public health hotline at: (540) 267-8240 - Mon. through Fri., from 8 a.m. -to- 8 p.m.; Sat., from 8 a.m. -to- noon; Sun., from noon -to- 4 p.m.
  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) also has a public health hotline at: 877-ASK-VDH3, available weekdays from 9 a.m. -to- 5 p.m.
  • Call: 2-1-1 Virginia

For updates on the coronavirus visit: www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ or www.pulaskicounty.org/


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First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Pulaski County

Posted: April 3rd, 2020

The New River Health District confirmed today the first case of COVID-19 in Pulaski County, Virginia. The patient is a male in his 50s, lives within the County, and likely became infected during travel. He has been appropriately self-isolating and has had limited exposure to the general public. To be respectful and to protect the individual’s privacy, no further information will be provided at this time.

As a result of this news, we as a community have the responsibility to take further steps to inhibit the spread of the virus. The most effective defense is to limit your potential exposure. Citizens of Pulaski County are reminded to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to practice good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette, and social distancing when grocery shopping, fueling your vehicle, exercising, visiting medical facilities, and completing any other essential tasks.

“We were fortunate to have gone this long without a confirmed case within the County, and we expected at some point we were going to have some of our very own contending with the virus,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We ask our citizens to continue to be mindful and take the necessary precautions to help keep themselves and those they love safe and healthy during this increased time of risk. I also ask that we lift up this individual as well as our community in prayer and we all wish the patient a swift and full recovery.”

The New River Health District Officials have done an exceptional job preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local authorities will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and in the future will continue to provide up-to-date and reliable information on both the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/) and the Pulaski County, VA (www.pulaskicounty.org/) websites. IMPORTANT: For all future COVID-19 local case confirmations, visit the VDH website dashboard, which is updated daily at 9:00 a.m.


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Virginia State Police Enforcement Practices of Governor’s Executive Orders and Directives

Posted: April 2nd, 2020

The Virginia State Police encourages all Virginians to adhere to Virginia Governor Northam’s directives and do their part by staying home in order to best mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID‐ 19 within the Commonwealth. State troopers, for their personal protection and for the safety of the public, are minimizing their direct contact with the public. All Department recruitment events, public presentations, training, ceremonies, etc., have all been canceled or postponed through June 10, 2020.

Read the full release


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Pulaski County April Meetings

Posted: April 2nd, 2020

The Pulaski County Public Service Authority Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 143 Third Street N.W., in the town of Pulaski. Please contact Jared Linkous, Executive Director, Pulaski County Public Service Authority, at jlinkous@pulaskcounty.org or Natasha Grubb, Clerk, Pulaski County Public Service Authority at ngrubb@pulaskicounty.org with public comments, questions or concerns.

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will meeting on Monday, April 27, 2020, with an Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. and open meeting at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 143 Third Street N.W., in the town of Pulaski. Please contact Ashley Edmonds, Clerk, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, at aedmonds@pulaskicounty.org with public comments, questions or concerns.

The Pulaski County Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The CPMT oversees administration of the Children’s Services Act in Pulaski County. This meeting is open to the public with public comment welcome. However, due to the pandemic, the Pulaski County Department of Social Services office, where the meeting is held, is closed to the public. If you wish to participate by phone, please contact Mr. Smith with your contact information. If you have any questions, please contact:

Guy Smith, Director, CPMT Chair

Pulaski County Department of Social Services

53 Commerce St. Pulaski, VA 24301

540-980-7795


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Public Service Authority Holiday Hours

Posted: April 1st, 2020

The PSA and all three drop sites will be closed Friday April 10th for Good Friday. There will be garbage collection. The drop sites will reopen on Saturday April 11th.


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Public Service Authority Budget Work Session Canceled.

Posted: March 30th, 2020

Pulaski County Public Service Authority’s Budget Work Session scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, has been canceled.



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Julius Long Day - March 29th

Posted: March 25th, 2020

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim March 29th as "Julius Long Day" and calls upon all citizens to observe this day in honor and memory of all of our Vietnam Veterans from Pulaski County that valiantly served our county in this war.

Read the full declaration.



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Announcement by Circuit Court Clerk

Posted: March 24th, 2020

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT by Maetta H. Crewe, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Pulaski County

Attorneys, Title Companies/Searchers

The Circuit Court Clerk's office is closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. If you have Secure Remote Access or OCRA access, please use these tools. For those who have not applied for either tool, please let me know and I will email you the application. Fees will be waived through April 30th, 2020 and perhaps further if necessary. For those who have subscribed and paid for access for the year or otherwise, your access to these tools will be extended for the time frame mentioned above.

For attorneys who file civil cases, you may do so by e-filing those cases. We will still record deeds in the office. E-recording for land records is available through SImplifile and you may access this feature at Simplifile.com

Citizens

Effective Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, the Circuit Court Clerk's Office is closed to the public and will only be performing essential services.

Office personnel are in the office to assist you by phone, email and to help you access online features. You may call the office at 540-980-7825 for assistance.


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Declaration of Local Emergency for Pulaski County

Posted: March 21st, 2020

WHEREAS, the Governor of Virginia Declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020, and directed local governments to render appropriate assistance to prepare for this event, to alleviate any conditions resulting from this situation, and to implement recovery and mitigation operations and activities so as to return impacted areas to pre-event conditions as much as possible; and,

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States Declared a national emergency beginning March 1, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19; and,

WHEREAS, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the New River Health District at this time, the threat of COVID-19 is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant coordinated local government action to prevent or subsequently alleviate the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused by the existence of this communicable disease of public health threat; and,

WHEREAS, due to the potential spread of COVID-19 and the potential for substantial injury or harm to the population necessitates the declaration of the existence of a local emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DECLARED the Director of Emergency Management of Pulaski County did hereby find as the result of the potential spread of COVID-19, that an emergency does exist throughout the County of Pulaski, Virginia.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER DECLARED that during the existence of said emergency, the powers, functions, and duties of the Emergency Management Organization of Pulaski County shall be those prescribed by State Law and the Ordinances, Resolutions, and approved plans of Pulaski County, Virginia in order to manage and mitigate the effects of said emergency.

Declared, the 21st day of March, 2020, in the County of Pulaski, Virginia

Read the full declaration.


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Pulaski County Responding to the Local Economic Impact On Citizens and the Business Community from Covid-19

Posted: March 20th, 2020

As Pulaski County contends with the economic impact Coronavirus is having on our country, our state and our communities, the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors is looking to lead the state, and perhaps the nation, with a locally focused economic relief program to effectively do their part to lessen the acute financial burden on our citizens and local businesses. The Board is considering a proposal to set the rate for penalties and interest to $0 for three-months on Real Estate taxes due on June 5, 2020, in direct response to COVID-19.

“Your Board of Supervisors and county staff have been working intently on finding ways to reduce the negative impacts of this emergency while still keeping our people safe and providing necessary services,” stated Joseph W. Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “We know our citizens and businesses are contending with difficult and serious economic issues as we all take necessary precautions to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. We identified this approach of relief as a meaningful and pragmatic way we can help our people as they work to manage their finances in this unprecedented time in our nation’s history.”

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has undertaken numerous response measures over the last week to increase and enhance the safety and welfare of its citizens and county employees. The Board is now aggressively including in their focus, efforts to mitigate the economic impact the coronavirus is having on individual citizens, and in particular, the county’s service sector and small business community.

“Considering approaches like this are only possible when a county is financially healthy and has properly positioned themselves to be of assistance in a time of public need through fiscal discipline, fundamental budget practices and sound financial management,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Our Board of Supervisors have been exceptional stewards in managing the county’s limited resources and as a result are looking to support our citizens and local business at the highest level.”

The Board’s intent is to provide a means of temporary financial assistance to Pulaski County citizens in need, and a way of helping maintain our businesses’ working capital in order to assist them with paying their staff and vendors in the immediate future. This concept is focused directly on the major challenges revolving around the loss of cash- flow for businesses and the loss of incomes to the citizens of Pulaski County.

Under this proposed concept, Real Estate taxes will still be due June 5, 2020, but payments received later than June 5, 2020, and before September 6, 2020, will be subject to no penalties and 0% interest. The standard penalties and interest for late payments will resume on September 6, 2020. As always, Pulaski County encourages all taxpayers to pay their taxes on time and in full.

The Governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020, and directed local governments to render appropriate assistance to prepare for this event, to alleviate any conditions resulting from this situation, and to implement recovery and mitigation operations and activities so as to return impacted areas to pre-event conditions as much as possible. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency beginning March 1, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.


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Impact Of COVID-19 On Small Businesses in Virginia

Posted: March 17th, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating concern from our small businesses in the region. Below you will find a brief survey that will allow the Small Business Development Center to collect data on the impact COVID-19 is having on business revenue and employment in Virginia.

Take the survey for small business owners


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Reward for Old Newbern Elementary Vandalism

Posted: March 9th, 2020

Pulaski County is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who committed vandalism at the former Newbern Elementary School. Multiple windows were busted out over the 2019 Christmas holiday. The reward will be granted once the culprit is identified, arrested, and charged. Please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 980-7800 or the Pulaski County Administration Office at (540) 980-7705 with any information that may be helpful in finding the person(s) responsible.


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Pulaski County Leads Virginia in Economic Development

Posted: March 9th, 2020

According to data compiled by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership on announcements of employment creation and capital investment for 2019, Pulaski County finished 1st overall in Job Creation, 2nd overall in New Capital Investment and 17th overall in the Number of Projects Announced per capita for the Calendar Year 2019, out of all 95 counties and 38 independent cities within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The ranking outcomes were the result of Pulaski County’s two (2) qualified projects in CY-2019, both of which were officially announced in concert with the Governor’s office. These two (2) basic industry sector projects will collectively create more than 790 new jobs and more than $401 million in new capital investment. The two projects referenced consisted of Volvo Trucks North America and BimmerWorld.

“The Board of Supervisors is very gratified to receive the number one spot in economic development for the second time in three years. This continuing success is certain to have significant long-term benefits to the people of our county and to the economy of the entire New River Valley,” stated Joseph Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “We have one of the best economic development teams in Virginia, and they have been working very effectively with the previous and current Board of Supervisor members and other local leaders to support our existing businesses and industries to create jobs and encourage investment here in Pulaski County.”

Pulaski County also ranked number 1 in the Commonwealth in 2017 for Overall Economic Development Performance per capita having facilitated the creation of more than 600 new jobs and $57 million in new capital investment derived from five (5) qualified basic industry sector projects in CY-2017. Since January of 2017, Pulaski County has enjoyed seven (7) qualified announcements that have resulted in nearly $475 million in new capital investment and more than 1,460 new jobs created. One of the seven announcements recently occurred on January 21, 2020, when Patton Logistics, LLC was welcomed as the newest member of Pulaski County’s business community.

“We knew Pulaski County had another impressive year of announcements, but did not anticipate we would end up on top again out of all 133 jurisdictions considering Virginia’s #1 business ranking and how strong the economy was in 2019,” stated Jon Wyatt, Chair of the Pulaski County Economic Development Authority. “We are thankful to have world-class companies such as Bimmerworld and Volvo who call Pulaski County home and are willing to invest millions and even hundreds of millions into their operations, their people and their future.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pulaski County’s unemployment rate remained at the 20-year low of 2.8% in November of 2019, reaching the third lowest monthly rate in more than 30 years. “The availability of good jobs is foundational to the health of our local economy and achieving our goal of 40,000 people by 2030, and it takes leadership from our elected officials, a skilled workforce, a talented economic development team and trust, confidence and commitment from our businesses to make this possible,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Our culminated successes in the past three years is not by accident, but rather the results of a lot of hard work, strategy, creativity and risk taking by our economic development team, the unwavering support of our Board of Supervisors and EDA, a deep talent pool and without a doubt, God’s favor.”

Pulaski County, located in the New River Valley of Virginia, is home to eight (8) international companies that represents more than 5,000 advanced manufacturing jobs. The County is considered to be Southwest Virginia’s Center for International Business and the New River Valley’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub.