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Emporia Main Street Rallies For a Chance at 25K

Jessica Buchholz by Jessica Buchholz, Events Coordinator | April 27, 2020
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Emporia Main Street Named Quarterfinalist for America’s Main Streets Contestin Celebration of Small Business During COVID-19 CrisisSupport Emporia Main Street by Voting Today from the Safety of Your Home


Emporia, KS —The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announces the quarterfinalists, including Emporia Main Street, in the 2020 “America’s Main Streets” contest. As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. Ensuring the survival and vitality of our Main Streets is important now more than ever before, as many across the country stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Independent We Stand invites the public to take action and play a role in the survival of Main Streets by voting online for their favorite quarterfinalist and moving a deserving Main Street one step closer to the cash grand prize of $25,000. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.
Emporia Main Street has built a solid foundation as a leading community and economic development entity in the region. With their Historic District creating substantial redevelopment results, being involved in 40 plus events annually, and their Community Initiated Development action plan encouraging new infill development and the elimination of dilapidated properties, you can see the impact their organization makes.
Through the COVID-19 crisis, Emporia Main Street has continued their leadership within the Emporia community and region. Their partnership with Newman Regional Health to organize a mask drive for the Hospital has ignited hundreds of volunteers to take to their sewing machines and produce over 5,000 masks that have been donated to healthcare workers and patients.
In addition to helping procure PPE, Emporia Main Street has collaborated with KVOE, The United Way of The Flint Hills, and The Emporia Community Foundation to create the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund. This initiative supports the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties surrounding COVID-19 relief.
“We are so very honored to qualify as one of the quarterfinalist in the America’s Main Streets Contest”, states Casey Woods, Executive Director of Emporia Main Street. “We still have a lot of work ahead to produce a sustainable community with jobs, development, and economic diversity. However, making the Top 25 is just another testament to how awesome our community is and it shows what we can achieve when we all come together”.

More than 616,000 total votes were cast for 160 entrants during the nominations phase. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR Emporia Main Street.

About the Author

Jessica Buchholz, Events Coordinator

Jessica Buchholz is the Community Development Coordinator for Emporia Main Street in Emporia, Kansas. She specializes in event planning, volunteer recruitment, alternative marketing, media/public relations and fundraising. During Jessica's tenure at Emporia Main Street, she has helped grow events to an international level and she has created a series of new activities to meet organizational goals.

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