Pulaski is a small town in the New River Valley (NRV) of Virginia. The NRV is the third most economically vibrant area in the state, behind Northern Virginia and Tidewater, and is the 14th highest ranked area for business in the country, according to Forbes. The NRV is home to 2 major universities (Radford U and Virginia Tech) and New River Community College. Pulaski is the seat of Pulaski County, one of 4 counties in the NRV. Unlike most of the other NRV towns, Pulaski was designed by early urban planners. The downtown area and close residential neighborhoods are in a grid of numbered streets and named avenues, named after the nation's founders. The town was a thriving hub of mining and manufacturing in the early and mid 20th century and at one time had the highest per-capita of millionaires in the state. Pulaski Furniture was locally owned and produced world class furnishing. And it was said that 20% of the hosiery and socks in the world were knitted in Pulaski. The 2 downtown theaters brought in world famous vaudeville acts and filled every seat for Saturday morning serials. Then the mines gave out and the furniture and textile plants shut down as corporations bought them and moved the production overseas. Pulaski almost became the sordid ghost town that other reviewers have described. But only almost, and only briefly. Savvy industrialists from all over the world looked at Pulaski and the surrounding county and saw opportunity. One building supply manufacturer built his largest plant in Pulaski and hired hundreds of workers. Other industries from all over the world did likewise. The large Pulaski Furniture warehouse lit up again after decades of sitting dark and empty. Long-time residents who had never really lost faith in Pulaski's ability to rebound were re-energized and formed groups to clean up, paint up and fix up the town. Thanks to one confident investor, the town's old WPA era baseball field has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and became home to The Pulaski Yankees, a New York Yankees rookie league team that brings in up to 3,000 fans for a regular season game. This in a town of roughly 9,000 residents. One of the empty downtown warehouses was converted into a world-class hotel and restaurant. Other businesses have opened and continue to open in main street stores that have been vacant for years. Pulaski county voters have just approved construction of a $47 million dollar middle school. Volvo trucks employs 2600 workers in Pulaski County and is recruiting more. The New River Trail State Park starts in Pulaski and follow the New River for most of its 57 mile length and attracts bikers from around the country. Efforts are underway to develop a hostel in town to accommodate these and others who come for the New River, mountain trails and National forest adventures.