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HUBZone Designated

The Small Business Administration has designated both Pulaski and Giles County as a HUBZone.  The HUB Zone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Empowerment Contracting Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses.   These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone.  The company must also maintain a “principal Office” in one of these specially designated areas.  A principal office can be different from a company headquarters.  For more information concerning HUBZone eligibility please visit the SBA HUBZone web site click here.

Available Workforce

The Pulaski-Giles County area has an abundant supply of available labor and we consider our workforce as our most valuable resource.  The workforce in Giles County has a strong work ethic and extremely loyal and productive.  The unemployment rate in Giles County averages 6.4 % with approximately 900 individuals actively seeking employment.  Pulaski is the home of the Tennessee Technology Center-Pulaski that offers a variety of training and educational opportunities geared to meet specific employer needs.

Fiber Optic Broadband

In March of 2007 the Pulaski Electric System completed construction of a 100% fiber optic network.  This network makes available a fiber optic connection to every business and home in Pulaski.  Pulaski Energize Service offers Internet, Video and Phone services.  Your company may have broadband Internet service available, but in Pulaski we do business at the speed of light, offering Internet download speeds of 10, 20 or 50 Mbps at almost half the cost of most providers.  Internet access with Ethernet speeds up to 100 Mbps are also available as well as direct point-to-point connections.

Secure Data Storage

Along with the PES fiber optic network, the Pulaski Electric System constructed a “bunker facility” to house the vast array of electronic equipment required to operate the network.  The facility was constructed to withstand an F-5 tornado with redundant power systems and fiber optic feeds.  Companies doing business with PES can locate their computer servers in the facility or can lease the equipment from PES.

Low Cost of Doing Business

The cost of doing business in the Pulaski-Giles County area is significantly lower than the national average; in fact; it is over 26.9% lower.  The cost of labor and housing both contribute to the lower cost of living in our area.

No State Personal Income Tax

The State of Tennessee does not tax an individuals or a couple’s personal income.  The State does tax investment income earned from companies not based in Tennessee .  In fact, Tennessee is one of the lowest tax states in the United States .  The City of Pulaski and Giles County both have property tax rates and the State and local option sales tax is currently 8.50%.

There are many more advantages of doing business in the Pulaski-Giles County area and we encourage your business to contact our office.

The Pulaski-Giles County Economic Development Commission

Bethany Shockney Executive Director


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