It's known as the Tri-Cities area of Harlan County and now officials in those three small towns are talking about joining forces.
City officials from Cumberland, Benham, and Lynch told WYMT’s Peter O’Connor that they are willing to do whatever it takes to merge as one.
Tri-City officials talked about how it could happen during a meeting in Harlan County.
Some officials say the meeting was productive and positive, while others say they are skeptical about any talk of a merger.
Some say pulling their resources together could be the only way to survive.
“We can't sustain! We have had problems sustaining in the short run let alone the long run and there is a lot of things that need to be done to get the three communities together,” Benham Mayor John Dodd said.
“Citizens have got to understand it might cost them a little more they are willing to as long as everybody is getting the same benefits and the same service that is what it is all about,” Lynch Councilman Bennie Massey said.
Merger talks are still preliminary but officials say they plan to hold another meeting to discuss the issue soon... no time or date is set.
Officials have until August 12th to get a referendum put on the November ballot.