Emporia Main Street's DESIGN programs are run by a committee of volunteers along with Main Street staff. The goal of our design initiatives is to create a vibrant downtown commercial district by enhancing the district's physical and visual assets.
Our design programs work to improve downtown buildings, parking areas, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping. Our design programs also help individual business owners with building design, window display implementation, education, and advice. All design activities are focused on making downtown a welcoming place for residents and visitors, and a place for businesses to thrive.
Additionally, the Design Committee works to preserve the legacy and stories of the Downtown Historic District through a variety of historic preservation activities.
Other Design Committe Projects
Our design programs seek to create a pleasant, welcoming environment downtown, which draws shoppers, residents, and visitors. This ultimately benefits not just downtown, but our community as a whole.
Design Committee Volunteers
Twin Rivers Winery & City Commissioner
Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow
The Design Committee perfect for creative types who are willing to their hands dirty, as well those who are interested in or knowledgable about Emporia's history. Click the button below if you'd like to join!
New resources come online to support businesses repairing buildings, or evolving through the pandemic.
Emporia Main Street is always on the lookout for new funding opportunities to assist local businesses. There are three programs that we are going to highlight in this e-news.The Kansas Rural Preservation Grant- The Kansas Historical Society through the State Office of Historic Preservation (SHIPO) applied for and received funding for a Rural Preservation Grant.…Continue Reading >
Radical Transparency: Your customers, staff, and the general public need to hear from you in a different way RIGHT NOW
We have many positive traits in the Midwest. The people here work hard, they are punctual, people believe in teamwork, and they typically value getting things done. One of the negative traits we sometimes experience is out ability to deal with knowledge vacuums. When we don’t know something, instead of simply saying “I don’t know”…Continue Reading >
Last week was a fluttering of activity in downtown Emporia! The sun was shining, the weather teased of spring, Trox Gallery and Gifts held their Grand Opening and several Emporians and visitors took a moment to transform themselves in to a butterfly!After several months of planning, working on designs, and discussing with the appropriate channels,…Continue Reading >
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 do for your business now, that range from super inexpensive, to a little more in depth, that can drop your energy bill in colder months. …Continue Reading >
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 the only habitable planet we know of. It’s important to take care of our home. Leaving things better than you found them should be a…Continue Reading >
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. Simply put, younger entrepreneurs often want to try out a concept before making a long term commitment. That process sounds pragmatic, but the concept of…Continue Reading >