Pikeville enlists community to plan for future
The City of Pikeville hosted a Community Open House Tuesday as part of its comprehensive plan, inviting community members and stakeholders to share their thoughts and ideas for Pikeville's next five years of growth.
"Part of this process is that we want to gain input from our community as to where they see Pikeville and where they want us to be. Not only in the next five years but the next 10 to 20 years from now," said Executive Director of Economic Development Jill Fraley Dotson.
She said the residents of Pikeville, which are included in one of the many focus groups city officials are working with, should have a say in the way the city grows.
"You can voice your opinions, concerns and ideas," she said. "That's what is so great about this process. Anybody can come and share their thoughts."
Economic development, tourism, housing and infrastructure were some of the topics of the meeting.
"We've even talked to some high school and junior high and middle school students about where they want their community to be and the opportunities they want to have as they go to college and come home," she said. "So, any input we can gain from this process is extremely valuable to us."