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Honoring Our Veterans – Beyond the Banners

Casey Woods by Casey Woods, Executive Director | October 17, 2017

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 adopted the Veterans Banner Project, an initiative that helps raise funds for local Veterans Program as well as offering a new way to celebrate those who have and are currently serving. Four years later, there over 250 banners displayed in the heart of our community.

This year, Emporia Main Street partnered with IM Design Group and KVOE to produce the Beyond the Banners Magazine, a keepsake for all of those featured in the Veterans Banner project. These magazines can be purchased for $10 at Beyond The Banners and proceeds will go to help Veterans in Emporia and the area. On October 20th and 21st there will be a special “Release Party” for the magazines at 727 Commercial Street. Info here:  Release Party. During the party, we will also be collecting items to send to our local soldiers who are currently deployed. We encourage people to donate local food and retail items to help remind the soldiers that their community stands with them during their time away. A list of approved items can be found HERE. For questions about the magazines or the care packages, please contact Emporia Main Street at 620-340-6430.

About the Author

Casey Woods, Executive Director

Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.


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