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DAA at Virginia Brownfields Conference

DAA will be at The Virginia Brownfields Conference this week sharing one of our favorite success stories! There will be a session in this year’s conference, held in Fredericksburg on March 15-16, that targets small communities who are just beginning their redevelopment journeys. Dr. John White, Town of Pulaski Economic Development Director and Lori Kroll, DAA Community Resources Specialist will present the Town’s experiences during the “Synergize- Brownfields Planning, Grant Layering and Leveraging” session on Thursday. Two EPA Community-Wide Brownfields Assessment Grants in 2009 and 2014 sparked the Town of Pulaski’s reinvention of itself. John and Lori’s session will explore the keys to successful community revitalization, including a group of dedicated champions who have cultivated multiple leveraging opportunities and partnerships, layered with community planning and a long-term vision of a new economic paradigm. Stimulated by its brownfields program, the Town is realizing a true renaissance and quickly becoming a regional destination, strengthened by new...

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Pulaski Brownfields: A Success Story

The Pulaski Brownfields project is one of our favorite examples of leaving a “Lasting Positive Impact”. Beginning in 2008, this project has brought about an exciting rejuvenation for the community. The Town envisioned developing economically challenged commercial areas into usable public, commercial, and/or residential space to encourage active sustainable reuse. With the help of DAA, a $200,000 EPA Assessment Grant was awarded and provided funds to inventory, characterize, and assess properties, and plan redevelopment of the brownfields sites. Recently, we sat down with some key players in the project to get the full story and what it all means to them. Take a look to see all the big things happening in Pulaski! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sffR1krcN8 Contributors: John White, Economic Development Director, Town of Pulaski Shawn Utt, Manager, Town of Pulaski Peggy White, Executive Director, Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Lori Kroll, Community Resource Specialist, Draper Aden Associates...

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Foster Falls

With its rural setting, river access, and historic associations, Foster Falls State Park is a hidden jewel in the New River Trail State Park system. It offers camping, river tubing, fishing, horseback riding, educational opportunities, and miles of hiking and biking trails. New River Trail State Park stretches 57 miles along the New River from Galax, Virginia to the Town of Pulaski. The park, which opened for public use in 1987, was constructed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way donated by the Norfolk Southern Corporation to the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the intervening years, the Commonwealth has acquired additional parcels for inclusion into the Park. An old farm and part of the Village of Foster Falls was one of the later acquisitions. Now one of the park’s regional headquarters, Foster Falls is one of the major draws of the park. Located at the entrance is the Foster Falls Hotel, a two-and-a-half brick building built...

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