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The Next Vision

Emporia Main Street separates development strategies into a series of visions that last about a decade.  The declarative vision statements set priorities within organizational work planning to achieve standards set...

2018 Recap

The end of the calendar year gives us the opportunity to look back, before we press on with a busy 2019.  We show our appreciation for your support through service,...

Being Relevant

Every business, organization, or non-profit should consistently ask themselves: "why am I absolutely necessary in the lives of my consumer?"  Necessity can mean something different depending on your stage of...

Adjusting Headings

In the Main Street world, there is a concept called "entrepreneurial friction" (some refer to it as entrepreneurial density).  Essentially, when entrepreneurs are in close proximity and can communicate with...

Volunteerism

Volunteering simply requires ideas, passion, and a belief in something larger than yourself. Emporia Main Street, like many organizations, is highly dependent on volunteers to achieve success. We have an...

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...

A New “First”

The Emporia Main Street staff, and select volunteers, travel to the National Main Street conference every year. The conference covers trends and techniques that are critical for achieving community and...

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...

Thank you to our Members and Volunteers

Emporia Main Street celebrates the passing of each membership year with our Annual Meeting. The meeting highlights the accomplishments of the past year, sets goals for the following year and...

Why Your Support Matters

The concept of "joining" means vastly different things to different generations.  The Baby Boomer generation had committee upon committee, and social organization upon social organization that created a fairly hierarchical...

The Meaning of Membership

The concept of "joining" means vastly different things to different generations.  The Baby Boomer generation had committee upon committee, and social organization upon social organization that created a fairly hierarchical...

The Tenets of “Doer-ship”

We have two full time staff members, a part time college intern, and a lot of very helpful volunteers associated with Emporia Main Street.  When other organizations talk to us...

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...

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...

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 Better Community Fabric

Getting a community to work together to accomplish something tangible isn't easy.  Sure, people can sit around a table and talk, but when it comes to actually doing something...  Well,...

Changing the Way We Think Creates Lasting Solutions

The Emporia Main Street office receives calls, emails and social media outreach each week from communities seeking advice or assistance.  When they talk to us about a specific project or...

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...

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...

Is Everyone Volunteer Material?

Some historians look back at citizen involvement in the Revolutionary War and write about the "three percent".  Although we have a romantic view of each citizen rising up in the...

Power Ups

  Power Ups            To build a better Emporia, lets start asking the people that want to be here...   Most businesses will tell you that when they want...

Organic Leadership

  Organic Leadership      It's the choice for a new generation   In a recent meeting of Flint Hills Region professionals that were in their 20's and 30's a curious...

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. ...

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