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Colder Weather Efficiency for your Business

Don't let your hard earned money blow out the window We had a beautiful day Saturday, and now the temperature is dropping FAST.  There are some basic things you can...

Earth Day

Earth Day was Monday of this week, and each year people find ways to gather in parks as they plant trees and talk about recycling to emphasize our commitment to...

Entrepreneurs to Tenants

Millenial and Gen Z entrepreneurs grew up in a "rental" economy.  Some of the reasons younger generations largely avoid ownership are economic, but some relate to long term risk aversion. ...

Utilization of the Great Outdoors

Spring is officially here, and although the Kansas weather can be a little unpredictable, we can start counting on warmer weather. As the climate gets a little more comfortable, people's...

Year in Review 2017

Each year we take one e-news and dedicate it towards looking back over the previous year. We don't want to linger in the past, but we do want to recognize...

The Homegrown Initiative

Emporia Main Street (EMS) is an economic and community development philosophy that operates within the City of Emporia and Lyon County. Using an effective four point approach, adopted from the...

4th Quarter Checkup

It's that magical time of year!  Weather starts cooling down, people start thinking about holidays and businesses start promoting themselves to seasonal shoppers.  As you enter the 4th Quarter (October,...

Form Over Function

Economies change quickly, and some of our purpose built structures (gas stations, banks, video stores) have a difficult time withstanding adaptations in consumer fads.  Housing is changing, and entire blocks...

Spruce up Tuesday

1.  Walk around the envelope of your building. The whole building...  Front, back, (if you are on a corner or adjacent to a breezeway) side and look at your building from...
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Honoring Our Veterans – Beyond the Banners

Emporia is the Founding City of Veterans Day. Our community holds many activities throughout the year to help support and honor those who have served. In 2014, Emporia Main Street...

A New Development Downtown

Emporia Downtown Redevelopment Group, LLC announced a major new addition to downtown Emporia.  The Roosevelt Plaza & Lofts & Legacy Lofts, a new mixed use development containing forty-seven residential units...

Your answer to an important question

Last week, we asked you a question: "what type of city would you like to live in?"  To contextualize the question, we gave you four different options that we classified...

What type of city do you want to live in?

ommunicating business and economic strategies to the public is difficult.  In a sound bite society known for oversimplifying complex concepts, we need more effective ways to engage the public in...

How to DK

Big events are now a "thing" in Emporia.  We have a series of international events that draw thousands of people into the community, but we need your help to keep...

A New Process to Honor our Veterans

The Veterans Banner project is easily one of our favorite projects at Emporia Main Street.  Approximately 250 veterans have been honored through this process with photos collected, banners produced and...

Spring Cleaning

In the world of consumer physical interaction with businesses, we talk about "passive" and "active" forms of interaction.  When a consumer is in "active" mode, they know the business that...

Honoring our History

One of the great parts about working for Emporia Main Street is the ability to compare Emporia to other communities.  Comparative analysis is often used to determine best practices for...

2016 Year in Review

Emporia Main Street works with a variety of members and partners to push new initiatives and create new opportunities every year.  We appreciate everyone's support as we work to create...

“Third Place” Creation

A few weeks ago, we had a newsletter article that referenced the term "Third Places".  The inclusion of the third place (  sometimes called "Third Space") term resulted in a...

Activating Blocks

Listening to the descriptions of local citizens as they describe an area in their community is telling.  In one area, a consumer may say "this block is alive" and in...

Thanks For Making Us Number One

A little preface to the press release we sent out in conjunction with the award announcement: The Top 10 Best Main Streets Award nominees were chosen by a panel of...

Talking to Property Owners

This is the second in a series of e-news articles inspired by sessions at the National Main Street conference in Milwaukee.  This particular session was attended by a volunteer, and...

Can Small Towns Be Cool?

Many communities that attend the National Main Street conference simply send one staff member.  In Emporia one of the keys to our community success has been encouraging board members and...

Four Point Refresh

Those of you that are familiar with the Main Street concept understand that we have a four point strategic approach.  The four points are:   Organization- Capacity Building, volunteer recruitment,...

A Window to your Building’s Soul

In 2004, Thomas Frank released his book "What's the Matter with Kansas?"  This book held particular scorn for Emporia residents, not just because of the author's twist on the William...

20/20 Vision

Vision 2020 Emporia Main Street: Shaping the future of  Emporia and Lyon County using re-development, rehabilitation and in-fill in the town center; making downtown a destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment;...

The Far Ranging Impacts of Community Design

I recently had the opportunity to attend the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference held in Portland, Oregon.  I was invited to speak by a federal "smart growth" agency because of some...

2015 Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting

The Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting tends to emulate the organization itself.  We have a group  of super busy people that get together to honor productivity and offer thanks to those...

Emporia’s Art and Soul District

We've heard a lot about the "Black and Gold" District, but what about the other districts downtown? Emporia has an unusually long downtown for a community of our size.  As...

2014 In Review At Emporia Main Street

Emporia Main Street is a results oriented organization.  The culture of measurable activities that push for community growth has been fostered by you, our membership, since the inception of the...

Chelsea Lofts Coming To Downtown!

Emporia Main Street Development Group, LLC announced a major new addition to downtown Emporia.  The Chelsea Lofts, a new mixed use development containing nearly fifty residential units and 1,500 square...

The Veteran’s Banner Project

All of the Veteran's Banners are now placed on poles due to the quick work of the City of Emporia Public Works department.  Since the public announcement of the Veteran's...

Is Your Store Visually Appealing?

The Holidays are right around the corner (only 92 days until Christmas, can you believe it?). Is your store ready for 4th quarter? There are some very simple steps you...

Community Development | Lessons Learned From Detroit

When the National Main Street center invited Main Street communities from around the nation attend a National Conference in Detroit, you could almost feel an audible grown.  Excitement to attend...

Community Initiated Development Plan

We have covered Community Initiated Development in past newsletters.  As a brief refresher, the process is what it sounds like: the community initiates the development it wants and needs.  In...

Window Displays that POP!

Window Displays That Pop!   Your window displays are your first impression.  Do they catch your attention?- By Lauren Woolard   Windows are your first chance to make an impression...

Chronically Vacant Property Ordinance

The Chronically Vacant Property Ordinance   A helping hand, coupled with basic expectations, to curb chronic vacancies in commercial and residential properties One of the most frequently asked questions anyone...

Trees Please!

  Trees Please!        Why urban planners are turning to trees to solve community problems. One of the best sources of public discourse at Main Street is the...

Bringing it all Together: The 4 Point Approach

  Bringing it all   Together           Different points provide better results Every business or organization has to ask themselves a series of tough questions to achieve success. ...

What is Your Building Hiding?

  What is your building   hiding?                     Out of sight should be on your mind in your building this (and every) year....

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