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Make growing our local educational institutions a community affair!

Avatar photo by Jessica Buchholz, Events Coordinator | July 25, 2022

Students contribute substantially to our local economy. They are renters, customers, employees, volunteers, event attendees, and may become permanent residents. Each student that moves to the area contributes approximately $15,000 per year to the local economy. A growing educational system makes our entire region younger, more vibrant, and improves our ability to adapt to change. Each of us has a role to play in improving our community, and referring prospective students to local educational institutions is an easy way to make a big difference (plus, you can take advantage of rewards for helping guide students to Emporia!).

Some students still haven’t made their final decisions on where to further their education. You can make a difference guiding people to Emporia!

CLICK HERE for more information on the referral program!

Referral programs listed above are a test case for community driven enhancements to anchor institutions. Would your business like to get involved? Can you donate prizes for referral drawings or take other coordinated actions to encourage enrollment in local higher education? Can you add ESU and FHTC decor to your business? If you want to get involved in enhancing enrollment, please CLICK HERE to contact 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.