City of Pikeville Business Development

243 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
P: +1 606-437-5100

Welcome Message

Pikeville, Kentucky is a unique place. It is a progressive city that values its traditions. With forward-thinking by the City leaders and the community, Pikeville is able to adapt to the economic changes throughout the years. Throughout Pikeville, it is evident that we have a strong will and desire to become the best. The phrase "moving mountains" has become synonymous with the City - even seen on the City's seal. To move mountains is to achieve something difficult. Pikeville completely embodies that idea, both literally (The Cut-Through Project) and figuratively (becoming a regional hub for retail, health, business, and recreation). Pikeville has a drive and a spirit that can make anything happen, despite the odds. Pikeville is becoming well known, even in the larger areas, for what we have achieved here and what we are working on currently. This is just the beginning for the City of Pikeville and what is to come will only further solidify Pikeville, Kentucky as a place to live, grow, and do business.

Mission Statement

Pikeville is the City that Moves Mountains. 

EDO History and Background

Pikeville is located in the beautiful mountains of southeastern Kentucky and serves as county seat to the largest county in Kentucky, Pike County. Pikeville was officially chartered by the State of Kentucky as a city on May 6, 1893, by Governor John Young Brown. However, the town has been around since 1824. Pikeville was previously known as Pike or Piketon, but since 1850, it has been known as Pikeville. Pikeville was named in honor of the western explorer and U.S. Army officer Zebulon Montgomery Pike, for whom the county was named. Pikeville is located on the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. Because of this, the town would suffer from large, damaging floods every year. In October 1987, Pikeville completed one of the largest civil engineering projects in the western hemisphere. The project moved nearly 18,000,000 cubic yards of soil and rock. It was a $77.6 million federally funded Cut-Through Project designed to eliminate the frequent flooding, relieve traffic congestion, and alleviate the critical shortage of level land in the downtown area. The Levisa Fork was diverted from its looping course through the city into a half-mile-long cut through Peach Orchard Mountain. Railroad tracks and streets were rerouted from the area and bridges were removed. The former river channel was filled in with dirt and rock from the cut-through. The end result was an addition of nearly 400 acres of new level land for commercial and institutional development. This is why Pikeville is known as "the City that moves mountains".

EDO Leadership

The City of Pikeville has been fortunate enough to have had great, progressive leaders in office and our current leaders are no exception.

City Mayor
James A. Carter

City Commission
Barry Chaney
Franklin D. Justice II, DVM
Jerry Keith Coleman
Joshua Huffman

City Manager
Donovan Blackburn

Organization Structure

The City of Pikeville operates under the city manager form of government which largely resembles the commission plan, in that the city elects four commissioners and a mayor to serve on the board of commissioners. The board of commissioners appoints a city manager who acts as the chief administrative officer for the city. This individual is a professional who is employed by the city to run the operational affairs of the city on a day-to-day basis.

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 60,483  
Median Age 42.1  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 5,574 13.05%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 32,519 76.13%
Civilian Labor Force 22,504 45.60%
Median Household Income $34,081  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Raleigh County Memorial
Tri-State/Milton J Ferguson Field
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius None
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Appalachian Rgnl
Big Sandy Rgnl
Logan County
Lonesome Pine
Pike County-Hatcher Field