Philip Elswick is currently the City Manager for Pikeville. While serving as Deputy City Manager he oversaw Code Enforcement, Engineering, and all of the city’s projects. Mr. Elswick is very involved in the city’s economic development efforts, which includes the city’s Fiber to the Premise project and the development of the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park.
Prior to this position, Mr. Elswick was the President and CEO of a regional engineering consulting firm based in Pikeville, which provided civil, environmental, and mining engineering services as well as land surveying and architectural services. He is also a licensed professional engineer in several states.
Message from the City Manager:
The City of Pikeville is a vibrant, forward thinking, progressive community. It is a tremendous honor to be a part of the leadership of the City of Pikeville. As a regional hub for healthcare, education, legal, and finance, the City is the perfect place for industry to begin and expand. With an abundance of resources like an available skilled workforce, excess capacity in our infrastructure, and great quality of life, Pikeville is ready for future growth and development.
We are centrally located with several interstate quality highways. U.S. Highways 23, 119, and 460 and Kentucky Route 80 all intersect in our community.
With a population of approximately 6,900 and a service area of approximately 200,000, Pikeville serves as a regional hub for several services in the area including healthcare, education, legal, and finance. The city is the county seat of Pike County. As such, all county and state offices are located in the city.
The city is the home of Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), a state of the art regional hospital. PMC offers a vast number of services to our region including a cancer center, heart center, rehabilitation center, and the hospital was recently certified as the only Level 2 trauma center in Kentucky.
Our education system consists of some of the state’s top ranking schools. The Pikeville Independent Schools’ elementary and high schools are distinguished schools, as scored by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The University of Pikeville is a liberal arts college, which includes both medical and optometry colleges. The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine is the only osteopathic medical school in the Commonwealth, and the Kentucky College of Optometry is the 22nd school in the country. The new 103,000 sq. ft. facility is equipped with state-of –the art technology for the 240 students to use and provide the best optometry care in the state.
Pikeville is also the home to a campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, which provides several programs to train our available skilled workforce in fiber splicing, metal working, wood working, and many other industrial and medical training programs. Additionally, students can select from several different Associates of Science and Associates of Arts degrees.
The East Kentucky Exposition Center is a 7,000 seat arena located in downtown Pikeville. The Expo Center has hosted a variety of conferences, events, and concerts including Chris Stapleton, monster trucks, WWE Wrestling, Three Doors Down, and many more.
Pikeville’s retail area has grown drastically in recent years with development of the Pikeville Commons. This retail development includes many nationally known brand name stores such as Hobby Lobby, Rack Room Shoes, Marshalls, PetCo and many more. Pikeville is a destination in for quality dining and shopping with many people coming outside of the area to visit our numerous stores and restaurants.
The city also provides many events and activities through our tourism initiatives, which are designed to make an incredible quality of life in Pikeville. The city hosts several events throughout the summer such as the Muscle on Main car shows and drag racing events and Main Street Live with live performers and great food. Additionally, the city has Nightmare on Main, a safe trick-or-treating event for children. Pikeville is home to the second largest festival in Kentucky, Hillbilly Days, which is in town each April. The city is also home to the Jenny Wiley Theatre, a live theatre that provides many great productions for our community to enjoy. The Pikeville Pavilion is home to the Farmer’s Market where local farmers and growers come to sell locally grown and organic products. The Pavilion is also the site of several other events each year.
Our events not only separate us from those around us, but our parks have earned us the recognition of a Playful City. Our parks are equipped with a variety of playground equipment, picnic areas, walking/hiking trails, tennis courts, soccer fields, and much more.
The city offers several adventure tourism opportunities. We have the White Lightening Zip Lines for those who want to soar through the mountain tops, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing for those who want to float down the Levisa Fork, and horseback riding through our beautiful mountains.
Pikeville is ready for industrial development with the completion of the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park. We have more than 300 acres of available property ready for industry to locate. The Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park is fully serviced with water, sewer, and electricity. Natural gas and fiber service will also be delivered to the park in the very near term. The city has tremendous excess water and sewer capacity, and there is a one million gallon water tank on the site. Access to the site is provided by a bridge intersecting U.S. Highway 23 and an access road designed and constructed for truck traffic.
The City of Pikeville is a very progressive community. We constantly look toward the future and seek ways to move the city forward. Currently, the city leadership is working to diversify the local economy and make Pikeville a Gigabit city. The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s KentuckyWired project is delivering the middle mile fiber infrastructure throughout the state. Pikeville has purchased additional fiber, and the city is currently in the design process for our Fiber to the Premise project. The city will eventually deliver the opportunity for fiber service to every home and business in the city.
I welcome you to Pikeville and hope you enjoy your time here with us! We are truly a great place to live, work, and play! If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at 606-437-5100.
Philip R. Elswick, P.E.