Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Issues "One Bag Challenge"
Pulaski County, Virginia, January 23, 2023 – Road Side Trash. This has been a hot topic recently for citizens and the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors share the same concerns regarding the trash that has accumulated on several of our County roads. Deliberate littering by individuals, as well as, debris from vehicles during transport have been the main culprits of this pressing issue.
The Board has been working with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and Pulaski County Community Corrections Department to utilize individuals who need to perform community service hours as restitution from the courts, but unfortunately the availability has not been enough to keep up with the demand over the winter months.
The Board of Supervisors is very appreciative of recent efforts by the Pulaski County Public Service Authority (PSA) and County staff to provide extra aid in cleaning up the County’s roadsides and Sheriff Mike Worrell and his staff are committed to continuing to issue citations to anyone caught littering.
In an effort to further address this issue, the Board is issuing a “One Bag Challenge” to the Town of Pulaski and Dublin Councils, the Pulaski County School Board, as well as all of our citizens to help combat this issue and pick up at least one bag of trash (multiple bags are always welcome!) along a littered area or roadway throughout the County. Participants are asked to take a before and after photos along with your bag(s) and send it to Laura Walters, Chair, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, at firstname.lastname@example.org. These photos will be posted on the County’s website and social media outlets in an effort to recognize those who are setting a great example by displaying their Pulaski County Pride in our community by helping to keep our roadsides clean.
For those who are interested in participating, reflective safety vests, gloves, trash pickers and trash bags are available at the County Administration Building, located at 143 Third Street N.W., in the town of Pulaski, or you may contact your respective Board of Supervisor member to get supplies. All citizens who participate and submit photo proof will be eligible to win one of five $100.00 VISA GIFT CARDS through a drawing. The gift card drawing will be held on May 22, 2023, at the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors monthly meeting (participants do not have to present to win).
Please remember littering is illegal and totally unnecessary. We want to keep the County we live in clean and welcoming. Thank you in advance to citizens who participate in the “One Bag Challenge” or any future efforts to clean up the community. Also, keep in mind that safety is the first priority in this challenge, so please use caution when working around moving vehicles along the roadways.
Let the clean up begin!
Broadband in Unserved Areas
All Pulaski County residents who reside in unserved broadband areas are encouraged to pre-register to show interest in fiber-to-home broadband internet to help ensure universal coverage and to finalize the construction sequence by All Points Broadband. Head to the link below to pre-register.
Courthouse War Exhibit Open Veterans Day November 11, 2022
The county’s newest military exhibit entitled, “Remembering the Sacrifices for Freedom” will be open to the public on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the Old Pulaski County Historic Stone Courthouse, and features war artifacts and documents of local soldiers, war dioramas for WWII and Vietnam Wars, and many other unique items. Veterans are especially encouraged to come. Also, members of the Pulaski County Courthouses Exhibits Committee will be available to conduct tours for anyone wishing a tour of the military exhibit or a tour of all of the exhibits displayed on all three floors of the courthouse.
Pulaski County Receives International Award
Pulaski County Economic Development Authority, in partnership with the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, was awarded the Workforce Developer Award from the International Trade Council as part of the 2022 Go Global Awards. Pulaski County, serving as Southwestern Virginia’s Center of International Business, has focused on fostering a competitive world-class business environment to support existing international and domestic companies and be a strategic location for foreign direct investment and the reshoring of U.S. industries.
“A robust and talented workforce is the number one priority of today’s businesses and industries, and is why workforce development has and continues to be a major focus of the Board of Supervisors and the Economic Development Authority,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Receiving such a prestigious international award is further confirmation that Pulaski County is hitting its mark of collaborating and innovating with our public, private and non-profit partners to solve the nuanced workforce challenges that exist in today’s competitive environment.”
The 2022 Go Global awards hosted more than 6,000 applicants from all around the world, representing 83 different countries. Of the 6,000 applicants, only 95 awards were bestowed and only 50 awards were given to public sector organizations. Pulaski County was highlighted for having the Best Workforce Development Program and was the only county in the United States to receive an award, as well as the only organization in the state of Virginia to receive an honor.
“It is such a testament to all of our workforce development partners in Pulaski County who work with us to cultivate our local talent and support the current and future workforce needs of our diverse businesses and industries”, stated Michael Solomon, Director of Economic Development. “Our work with NRCC, our own CTE, the WIB and all their affiliates, and our local business efforts is what helped make this international recognition possible.”
The Go Global Awards brings together hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most innovative manufacturers, re-manufacturers and exporter of product and services; along with government trade and investment agencies, trade associations, chambers of commerce, venture capital firms and financial institutions. The 2022 Go Global award was bestowed by the International Trade Council on October 21, 2022, in Tallinn, Estonia, and was hosted by the Estonian Business and Innovation Agency.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors To Host Crisis Management For School Based Incidents Class
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors by way of the Pulaski County Emergency Management Department, will be hosting an AWR 148 Crisis Management for School Based Incidents in the Executive Training Room within the County Administration Building located at 143 3rd St. NW; Pulaski, VA, on October 14, 2022. The list of attendees include principals and key administrators within our school division, local law enforcement and SRO’s, Emergency Management professionals, First Responders, County Administration and Administrators from various areas around the district.
“Student safety has and continues to be a top priority of the Board of Supervisors and is something they continue to support and encourage every way they can”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Hosting this event is just another example of their efforts to assist with the enhancement of our institutions’ preparedness for an array of possible incidents and emergencies we hope never occur in our community.”
The course will be provided tuition-free and be delivered by the University of Findlay and supported by the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium. The framework partners rural law enforcement, first responders, and local school systems in an 8-hour Department of Homeland Security-approved course designed to educate law enforcement personnel, school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. Topics covered include: Introduction to Incident Planning and Preparedness; Proactive Threat Mitigation; Incident Response; Incident Recovery; Vulnerability Assessment; Threat Assessment Management; Incident Defusing and Debriefing; Parent Reunification; and Anniversaries, Memorials, and “Copy-Cats”.
We are thankful to be able to host this event and afford our agencies the training to better serve and protect our students here in Pulaski County and throughout the region”, stated Brad Wright, Emergencies Management Coordinator. “This exercise also bolsters interagency cooperation and synergizes our collective resources for better preparedness and response if and when an incident may ever occur.”
Schools in small, rural and remote areas across the country account for almost 23% of the total student population (more than 11 million students). Rural schools, law enforcement, and other emergency responders are sometimes limited in resources, thus it is imperative all key agencies effectively collaborate on planning, preparing, communicating, responding, and recovering from a school-based incident.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Awards 2022 Lead Through Service Scholarship to Gwendolyn Puckett
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and County Administration continues to fulfill their priority of fostering local leadership development and bolstering service to the community through the personal sponsorship of their Lead Through Service Scholarship. This year’s selected recipient of the 2022 Lead Through Service Scholarship was Gwendolyn Puckett.
“It is important that we directly invest in developing our next generation of local leaders and cultivate a mindset in our youth of continued service back to their community,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “The future of our County rests in the hands of these young developing local leaders, that will return to Pulaski County and one day serve as our teachers, our nurses, our business leaders, our entrepreneurs and our workforce that carries our community forward.”
The competitive and most coveted local scholarship is awarded to a graduating Pulaski County High School student who demonstrates leadership through serving their community and plans to continue to contribute to the community upon completion of their formal education. The annual scholarship is in the amount of $2,500.00 and can be utilized at any two- or four-year institution or technical degree program.
“I am honored to contribute to this scholarship and more importantly the cause of investing in our County’s future leadership,” stated Laura W. Walters, Chair, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “This is an excellent way to help raise up future leaders and instill in them a better appreciation and value of service to their community. We can all help to develop future public servants by encouraging their volunteerism, offering them opportunities to serve their community, and by investing in them through education.”
The annual competitive scholarship is funded personally by each individual member of the Board of Supervisors as well as the County Administrator, Assistant County Administrator and certain County staff who share in the vision of local leadership development. There are NO taxpayer’s monies involved with this scholarship and contributions are entirely voluntary. The members of the Board of Supervisors are as follows: Laura W. Walters, Chair, Dirk I. Compton, Vice-Chair, Adam P. Hall, Jeff G. Reeves and Howard A. “Andy” McCready. The County Administrator is Jonathan D. Sweet and the Assistant County
Previous Lead Through Service Scholarship recipients are Ms. Breanna Lytton 2019, Ms. Jaelyn Szerokman 2020, Alex Turner 2021 and Ashlyn Kirtner 2021. The Scholarship has provided more than $18,000.00 in grant awards to graduating seniors of Pulaski County High School since its inception in 2019. Administrator is Anthony D. Akers.
Pulaski County is…Leading through Service.