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A Catalyst for Economic Growth and Revitalization


Hickory is a city with a focus on the future. the work that the city is engaged in today is done with forethought and the desire to build a stronger Hickory for tomorrow. City Council, city staff, and city residents share a joint vision that highlights Hickory’s potential for a robust economy, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and a diverse population.



With a spirit of collaboration and a collective vision to drive Hickory to new heights, the City of Hickory partners with the local business community to support and encourage economic development.
“People want cool places to hang-out with things to do like Arts in the Park, the Symphony, the Hickory Community Theatre, and clothing and antique stores to shop. Our downtown area is more vibrant than it has been in my years here, but it can explode with the creation of these new amenities. We partnered with the City to co-develop our parking lot for night and weekend parking for the City Walk. It is a central location for access to the green space. It is a great place to get on the City Walk.”
Paul Thompson
Founder and Chairman of Transportation Insight
“City Walk was coming right by here. We knew that we could possibly rent bikes when it opens and have easy access to the greenway. I think it will get more people on bicycles in general, and maybe even more people commuting to work. I think it will bring people in town and will open up the opportunity for us to make bike repairs, since we are right here off the greenway.”
Brad Stevens
Co-Owner of Carolina Pedal Works
“I am tickled to death that the City Walk is extending to 9th Street. This brings a lot of potential for the West Hickory area. Our employees like to walk to lunch. We moved from Tate Boulevard to our current building to have more access to retail, banks, and the Downtown Farmer’s Market for our employees. There are huge benefits to having a business downtown; it’s central to everything.”
Richard Swartzel
President and CEO of CornerStone United

City of Hickory

76 North Center Street
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Phone: (828) 323-7400
Fax: (828) 323-7550

Life. Well Crafted.

Hickory is for doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, located between Charlotte and Asheville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along I-40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry, and quality.

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