At Emporia Main Street, we work to make Emporia a phenomenal place to live, visit and do business. We're always humbled when we see our programs making a difference, and Emporia is recognized for the strides it has made as a community.
- Best Places to Do Business in Kansas, #5 - NerdWallet
- Best Small Cities in America, #25 - NerdWallet
- Quit Your Job: 7 Places in the US you can afford to be an entrepreneur - Forbes
- Top 10 affordable small towns where you'd actually want to live, #6 - Realtor.com
- Emporia's Commercial Street Named Best Main Street in the USA! - USA Today Reader's Choice
Emporia Main Street Organizational Awards & Achievements
- 2021 National Main Street Forward Award Winner for our programs to support small business during the Covid-19 pandemic
- In 2020, Emporia was one of 3 communities selected and studied by the Brookings Institute as a model for strengthening rural economies, based on the successes of Emporia Main Street programs.
- Great American Main Street Award Winner
- Emporia Main Street's Veterans Banner Project has been adopted by over 50 communities throughout U.S.
- Emporia Main Street's Business Investment Guide has been replicated by numerous Main Street programs around the country, and has been featured in the national State of Main publication.
- Emporia Main Street is a leader in the Main Street America program. Our director, staff, and volunteers have been featured speakers at the National Main Street Now conference every year since 2014, educating other communities about our rural economic development programs and initiatives that have made an impactful change.