Our design programs benefit the community, property owners, and businesses

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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.

Design Programs


Emporia's downtown gardens are all maintained by volunteers. If you love to garden, ask us how you can adopt one!

Historic Tax Credits

If you own property within Downtown Historic District, you may qualify for tax credits on maintenance, upgrades or redevelopment.

Veterans Banners

We honor our heroes every fall with a downtown display of over 200 light pole banners featuring area veterans.

Beyond the Banners

Beyond the Banners is a keepsake book that was created in response to the overwhelming popularity of our Veterans Banner Project.

Other Design Committe Projects

Historic Preservation
Downtown Clean-ups
Holiday decorating
Beautification projects
Design awards

Want to support a vibrant downtown atmosphere?

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

Yvonne Pool


Becky Smith
Twin Rivers Winery & City Commissioner

Stacy Hammond
Coffelt Signs

Sally Sanchez
Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow

Aansu Trelc


Interested in joining the Design Committee?

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!

Design Education

Emporia’s Art and Soul District

By Casey Woods | June 29, 2015

We’ve heard a lot about the “Black and Gold” District, but what about the other districts downtown? Emporia has an unusually long downtown for a community of our size.  As a transportation hub at the intersection of a state and federal highway, and a community with a lot of great assets in our core, it…

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2014 In Review At Emporia Main Street

By Casey Woods | June 29, 2015

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 program in 1991.  Each year, we look back briefly to assess what was accomplished during the calendar year, and we utilize your feedback to help…

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Chelsea Lofts Coming To Downtown!

By Casey Woods | June 29, 2015

Emporia Main Street Development Group, LLC announced a major new addition to downtown Emporia.  The Chelsea Lofts, a new mixed use development containing nearly fifty residential units and 1,500 square feet of commercial space will locate in the 1000 Block of Commercial Street.The “U” shaped development will address Commercial Street with a minimal set back and…

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The Veteran’s Banner Project

By Casey Woods | June 29, 2015

All of the Veteran’s Banners are now placed on poles due to the quick work of the City of Emporia Public Works department.  Since the public announcement of the Veteran’s Banner Program, Emporia Main Street has been inundated with questions about creating the concept, implementation, hang ups along the way and future plans.  Because a lot…

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Is Your Store Visually Appealing?

By Casey Woods | June 29, 2015

The Holidays are right around the corner (only 92 days until Christmas, can you believe it?). Is your store ready for 4th quarter? There are some very simple steps you can take to have a clean, visually pleasing store that customers enjoy shopping in! Some of these may seem like common sense, but it’s good…

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Community Development | Lessons Learned From Detroit

By Casey Woods | June 24, 2015

When the National Main Street center invited Main Street communities from around the nation attend a National Conference in Detroit, you could almost feel an audible grown.  Excitement to attend learning sessions in a city described by the media as dangerous, dilapidated and defunct isn’t something most Main Street staff and volunteers look forward to.…

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