PULSE takes its next step
Tuesday, October 8, 2013on
In the past eight years, PULSE has grown and evolved into one of the largest and most successful young professional groups in all of South Carolina. We have produced numerous leaders for the community and created numerous successful events. While leadership remains our group’s central focus, we have embarked on what we believe will be our most exciting and successful project to date. PULSE is partnering with the Greenville County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) to help spur the redevelopment and transformation of 3.4 miles of discontinued rail line parallel to Laurens Road over the next three years. The idea of PULSE tackling this project came from the formulation of several sources over the past several months. It was amazing to see the various aspects of the project come together and intertwine. One was the What If Greenville project, which is a collaboration between Greenville Forward and OrangeCoat and whose goal is to collect and share the best ideas for making Greenville better. PULSE leaders worked with OrangeCoat’s Adam Gautsch about what projects on the What If website had seen a lot of interest and could be completed using PULSE resources. Trail work quickly rose to the top. The second was the Chamber’s recent announcement of LG Legacy, which is a 10-year endeavor of Leadership Greenville to focus on the region’s connectivity through parks and trails. PULSE chair John Boyanoski said his group’s leadership was inspired by the Chamber’s vision and wanted to build off it. Finally, PULSE leadership had been following the efforts of County Councilman Fred Payne to spur and develop interest in developing the rail line for use as bike and walking trails as well as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV) and electric Personal On-demand Driverless (ePOD) vehicles. So what happens next? As part of the three-year commitment, PULSE will do the following: create and manage surveys on usage/ideas; serve as general advocates; assist in clearing of the trail as needed; host and assist with community forums and help spread the word on the project. As the current PULSE chair, I am excited for what this organization is setting out to do. This gives PULSE a mission to serve the greater community as a whole instead of in pieces. PULSE’s best work is yet to come. John Boyanoski is the 2013 PULSE chairman and is the owner/president of Complete Public Relations, a Greenville-based public affairs and strategy firm. Learn more at www.completepr.net.