Just WOW! If you attended the 65th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet last week, then you already know why I'm saying WOW. Not only did we celebrate our business community but we celebrated Pulaski County and the reasons we LOVE our community. Please join me in congratulating our 2017 award winners:
Community Impact Award -Friends of Peak Creek
Small Business Award - Blue Ridge Fudge Lady
Business Excellence -Pulaski Yankee's
Business Executive of the Year - Joe Levine
I have to say it was an exceptional evening not only because of the beautiful venue but the entire ambience. Don't take my word for it; instead, let me share a few of the comments we recieved:
" What a great event last night". -Thomas Hollsinger, Lowes
"Great job. It was a great event!" - Bill Cunningham, Fairlawn Shopping Plaza
"This was awesome. Great job!" -Webb Donald, State Farm Insurance
"Last night was the best Annual Meeting yet, and not because of the setting, which was unique, but because of the celebration of what Pulaski County is to this region-its leadership: politically, administratively, and the business community; its quality of life; and the pride its people have in being from there or having landed there. -Ed Lawhorn, NRV Marketing Executive, Union Bank
"The Volvo Customer Experience Center and the new school and the Yankee's and Jackson Park Inn makes our county a star. By that I mean a shining attraction for growth and a better place to live for everyone. I thought I would not live to see that happen. Also, as a homeowner I have worried about property value and feel that is no longer an issue. I give you the chamber and chamber members a lot of credit for progress. You have my sincere thank you. - Frank K. Gilbert, NAPA
The video, Pulaski County is... was rolled out as the first step in a comprehensive campaign designed to acknowledge the assets that make Pulaski County unique and to share why people come to visit our county. An added value of this film is that it promotes a sense of pride in the beautiful and unique natural and commercial assets found in our home community. We hope that as you watch the video you can actually feel the enjoyment of riding on the trails with the sun beating on your face, enjoying lake activities like paddleboarding, feeling that prideful thrill when the Cougar football team comes down the steps and touches the cougar before going out on the field, or breathing in that crisp morning air as the sun comes up and the beautiful rainbow of colors dance across the water just as you cast your line, waiting for the fish to bite. Did you feel that? Share the Pulaski County is ... video with your friends and get their reaction. Post it and re-post it on Facebook. It is meant to connect us, to connect our emotion and our heart, and to remind us how lucky are we to have this wonderful lifestyle that we might take for granted. It is meant to share with visitors our lifestyle and invite them to experience what we experience every day. We have so much to offer residents and visitors alike, much of which one might only expect in a more urban area. In addition to our breath-taking, back-to-nature offerings, invite others to partake in the extraordinary, urbanesque,experiences Pulaski County offers, including renowned, world class, culinary arts, Yankee baseball, and our international, cutting-edge industry.
This is an opportunity for EVERYONE to share their positive feelings that comes from our individual experiences about what makes Pulaski County a special place. We rolled-out the video at Annual Meeting, and people loved it! I received calls, texts, and e-mails all weekend about how great individuals felt about Pulaski after watching the video. One of the Visitor Center staff told me that the video was posted over and over on her Facebook page, being shared and re-shared, and a neighboring Tourism DMO messaged me saying how AWESOME the video is. We can certainly be proud to be part of what Pulaski County is...
Happy a have happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Work hard, be productive, and above all else stay positive
Executive Director, Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce