Hawkinsville-Pulaski County is located about 130 miles south of Atlanta and 120 miles east of Columbus, and is a rural community with a population of just below 10,000. Hawkinsville-Pulaski County, named after Revolutionary War heroes Colonel Benjamin Hawkins and Casimir Pulaski, respectively, was once the capital of the Creek Indian Confederacy.
Hawkinsville-Pulaski County is home to one of the largest harness racing training facilities in the world, has multiple historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places (the Opera House, County Courthouse, and Taylor Hall), and boasts the winding Ocmulgee River that runs through the middle of the county.
Agriculture brings over $25 million in annual revenue to the county, but local government and business leaders are prepared for new growth in the area. The community has prepared itself for growth by constructing four-lane transportation corridors, installed telecommunications infrastructure, and implemented county-wide land use planning. Community leaders are hoping to attract new industry and business to Hawkinsville-Pulaski County while maintaining the community’s rural character.
Existing business and industry in Hawkinsville-Pulaski County provide the community with a good framework for future economic growth. Taylor Regional Hospital, Hollingsworth and Vose (specialized paper manufacturer), ComSouth, PlantersFirst Bank, and the Pulaski State Prison are major employers located in Hawkinsville that attract workers from across the Middle Georgia region.
Community partners working with Archway in Hawkinsville-Pulaski County are representative of Pulaski County Government, the Hawkinsville City Commission, United Pulaski, the Board of Education, and the local business community. Among the issues the community will take on as part of Archway are education, leadership development, community health, workforce housing, government service delivery, and economic development.