Pikeville Learning Journey


The Pikeville learning journey will allow Gathering attendees to dive deep into the reasons for the location of this year’s Gathering. Pikeville is the quintessential Central Appalachian town, located deep in the heart of Appalachian coal country and remote in both in terrain and in man-made access. Yet the town is experiencing a rebirth thanks to promising economic development practices.









Pikeville exemplifies how Small Colleges Can Save Towns in Middle America with the University of Pikeville educating the local populace and revitalizing downtown Pikeville. On our journey we’ll see just what makes UPike such a draw, as well as some other major economic development projects, such as the Pikeville Cut-Through. Finally, we’ll host a roundtable discussion with the leaders of some of the promising private projects emerging in Pikeville, with plenty of time to ask questions and discuss strategies.











The Pikeville Learning Journey is generously sponsored by UnitedHealth Group.