Piedmont, a community of 1,977 according to the 2010 census, is situated in the northwest portion of Wayne County. Average temperatures range from 20 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 89 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The city, its chamber of commerce, and the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission work together to foster economic development for Piedmont.
Mayor William Kirkpatrick and the four-member city council serve the municipality from city hall at 127 N. Main. Citizens are protected by 41 volunteer firemen. In 2015, Wayne County reported a per capita income of $17,334. www.cityofpiedmont.com
Out of a 5,205-person workforce in Wayne County, 4,712 are employed. The unemployment rate is 9.5 percent as of 2015 with 493 out of work. The average hourly wage for the county is $11.90. Piedmont is proud to be the home of McAllister Software, Specialty Brands, Nu-Dell Plastics, and Corlair Corporation. The county's other major employers include Clearwater Schools, which employs 163; Greenville Healthcare employing 49; and Henry Schein/AVImark which employs 170. The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce serves local businesses and industries and can be reached at www.piedmontchamber.com.
Black River Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Fredericktown, and Ozark Border Electric Cooperative headquartered in Poplar Bluff, provides electric power for Piedmont. Natural gas is obtained from Liberty Utilities in Caruthersville and MFA Oil in Williamsville. The city offers both sewer and water services for its residents, through Public Water supply district #1 and Public Water Supply District #3. The city's force main-4 cell lagoon sewer system has a capacity of 80,000 gallons. Telephone service is provided by Windstream and AT&T. Residents and businesses obtain internet service from Windstream, from a local internet service provider in Poplar Bluff, and one in Piedmont.
There is one clinic in Piedmont, Piedmont Family Clinic. Residents travel 50 miles for more involved health care, to Poplar Bluff at Kneibert Clinic and other facilities.
Missouri Highways 49 and 34 and County Roads HH and B serve as the main thoroughfares for Piedmont travelers. It is 35 miles to the nearest four-lane highway, and Interstate 55 is 65 miles east. The city has its own airport, with a 3,300-foot paved and lighted runway. Private aircraft storage, fuel, and air freight service are available at the Piedmont Memorial Airport. Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is the closest commercial airport at 85 miles east. Union Pacific is the commercial railroad serving Piedmont.
Piedmont children attend public elementary, middle, and high school in town. There are also a private elementary and high school available to Piedmont students. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff. Fall 2017, enrollment was 3,226 students. Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center is available for students seeking training in vocational skills. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2017, enrollment for the university was 11,502 students.
There are nine Protestant churches and one Catholic church serving the community's spiritual needs. Residents keep up with local news through the weekly hometown newspaper and radio station. Cable television is available to the area residents. There is a motel in Piedmont, and a public library. Within a 20-mile radius, locals can enjoy a country club, public golf course, four public parks, and two tennis courts. Clearwater Youth Center, a source of pride for the community, is available for a variety of activities.
Besides the beautiful scenery of the area, Clearwater Lake and Sam A. Baker State Park are nearby. Young and old can enjoy camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, and swimming. Annual rainfall for the area averages 46 inches a year.
The community is part of the 153rd Missouri State Representative District represented by Steve Cookson (R) and the 27th State Senatorial District Representative Wayne Wallingford (R). Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Piedmont in the Eighth United States Congressional District.
Piedmont Muncipal Airport (MO9). Location: 2 mi. SW of city. Coordinates: N37-07.60; W090-42.77. Mag var: 2E. Navaids: FAM 184.108.40.206. Telephone: 573/223-4114, 573/223-4300, 573/223-2560. Fax: 573/223-4052. Hours: 6:30 am to 3:30 pm wkdays; ireg wkends. Elevation: 467. Pattern altitudes: 1267 MSL all aircraft. Runways: 3-21 3,300 x 60, asphalt rfsc; right tfc ry 3, treas ea end, lights PCL. Lights: aft 2 am, 122.8 (5 clicks in 5 sec, med intensity); beacon. Fees: hangar. FSS: Saint Louis 122.65, 122.2. Com freq: UNICOM/CTAF 122.8. Charts: Kansas City; L21. Taxis: Piedmont 573/223-2719. Notes: RC models, ultralights.