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Our board of directors leads our organization. The board of directors works along with Emporia Main Staff to engage and grow our membership, steer our overall vision, and forge partnerships with other community organizations.

Our organizational initiatives create a strong foundation for a sustainable growth of Emporia's downtown commercial district. In addition, organizational initiatives with our city and county partners benefits the entire area.

Organizational Initiatives

Community Initiated Development

In partnership with the City of Emporia, this project is for the community to proactively identify and initiate redevelopment.


Emporia Main Street was founded to serve the business needs of our members. Our board of directors works to grow our membership by ensuring that our programs provide educational, financial, and promotional value to our members.

Vision 2030

A strategic vision for the next decade, led by input from the community and our members.

Homegrown Capital Campaign

Our capital campaign raises funds to grow local business and employment in Emporia, by fostering entrepreneurship. The campaign has funded the new Emporia Main Street facility at 727 Commercial, which includes a business incubator space.

Other Organization Projects

Partnership building

Want to be a part of an active organization who gets things done?

Emporia Main Street makes visible and measurable impacts to help our community prosper.

Board of directors

Kevin Nelson – President
Redline Trucking

Lane Massey – Treasurer
City of Emporia

Lisa Kirmer – Secretary
Flint Hills Technical College

Aaron Sewell
EK Real Estate

Eric Porter
ESB Financial

Amy Bolen
BLI Rentals LLC

Tracy Weltha
IM Design Group

Sally Sanchez
Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow

Cory Faldine
Emporia State University

Jeremy Johns
Radius Brewing Company

Sally Sanchez
Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow

Organization Articles

Emporia Main Street Makes Top 10 in America’s Main Streets Contest!

By Jessica Buchholz | May 26, 2020 These Main Streets represent the best in the country but only one will be chosen as the grand prize winner. The winner will be announced on Monday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

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Dirty Kanza & Great American Market to Be Held on Sept. 12th, 2020

By Jessica Buchholz | May 19, 2020

September 12th, 2020 will be a busy day in downtown Emporia. Emporia Main Street and Dirty Kanza are excited to announce that both the Great American Market and the Dirty Kanza will take place on that day – provided a go ahead from local health officials. Originally planned for the end of May, 2020, the…

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White Ribbon Campaign to Support Emergency Medical Services and Frontline Workers

By Jessica Buchholz | May 14, 2020

White Ribbon Campaign to Support Emergency Medical Services and Frontline Workers (Emporia, KS) – Newman Regional Health and Emporia Main Street announce the community’s first ever White Ribbon Campaign scheduled for May 17 – 23, 2020. The White Ribbon Campaign is a time to join in celebrating and honoring the lifesaving teamwork of dispatchers, EMTs,…

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Design a Shirt for Emporia Main Street

By Jessica Buchholz | May 7, 2020

It is that time of year to start thinking about our next round of Emporia Shirts! We are accepting entries for design ideas. Entries need to be in a pdf format and emailed to [email protected] by June 1, 2020. Entries will be put into an online voting format for the public to view. When submitting…

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Emporia Main Street Rallies For a Chance at 25K

By Jessica Buchholz | April 27, 2020

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…

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Draw Your Main Street

By Jessica Buchholz | April 16, 2020

Bust out your artistic skills and show some love to our Main Street Member Businesses/Organizations. How do you participate? Choose your favorite Main Street businesses and draw their picture! Drawings can be done in any medium (pencil, pen, crayon, paint, etc.) and done in any size. List of Main Street Member Businesses/Organizations here :…

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