Piedmont, a community of 1,897 according to the 2020 census, is situated in the northwest portion of Wayne County. Average temperatures range from 26 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 91 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 115 West Green Street. Citizens are protected by 41 volunteer firemen. In 2020, the City of Piedmont reported a median household income of $36,535. The city also maintains a website at www.cityofpiedmont.com
Out of a 7,004-person workforce in Wayne County, the unemployment rate is 8.3 percent as of 2020. The average hourly wage for the county is $15.36. In nearby Piedmont, McAllister Software, Windsor, Clark's Mountain Nursing Center and Z manufacturing can be found. The county's other major employers include Greenville Schools and Clearwater Schools, which employs 160; Greenville Healthcare employs 49. 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 and internet services are provided by Windstream, AT&T, Black River, Boycom, Centurylink, and Sparklight.
There is one clinic in Piedmont, Piedmont Family Clinic. Residents travel 50 miles for more involved health care, to Poplar Bluff.
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 with an approximate enrollment of 2,700 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.
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 144th Missouri State Representative District represented by Chris Dinkins (R) and the 25th State Senatorial District Senator Jason Bean (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 126.96.36.199. 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.