Earlier this month the Town of Pulaski held a public meeting where the Regional Commission and a design firm presented a proposal for a Virginia Community Development Block Grant (). The CDBG program is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and funded by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development ()‘s program. The particular grant Pulaski applied for is targeted at revitalizing and eliminating blight in low and medium income communities. The grant would award $700,000, which when combined with matching funds and in-kind donations of time and labor, would exceed $1 million. If awarded, the proposed project would focus on the Main Street area of Pulaski and would include development of a ’creek walk’ between the main street buildings and Peak Creek, bridge enhancements for Washington and Jefferson Aves, Main Street building facade improvements, streetscape repairs, and a pocket park in the currently vacant lot across from the Court House. While these projects would not necessarily address all of the deep seated issues leading to poverty and economic stagnation in our area, they would build on the invaluable resources that our town has at our disposal (e.g. our main street), and help to make Pulaski a destination for visitors and their business.
The CDBG program provides a mechanism to jump start capitalization on [Pulaski’s] resource[s]
A relatively small influx of Federal money multiplies locally.
Towns like Pulaski are undergoing a slow revival, fueled by persistence and grit and pride … We just need a little spark to get going.