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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

Stay At Home Order Issued

By Jessica Buchholz | March 25, 2020

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Additional info on HIRE from Kansas Main Street

By Jessica Buchholz | March 24, 2020

…..We regret to announce that all our initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time. However, we are keeping our form open and will continue to collect information from Kansas hospitality businesses on the losses they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By filling out the form, you can help…

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Newman Regional Health Seeks Community Support with Mask Donations

By Jessica Buchholz | March 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2020 Newman Regional Health Seeks Community Support with Mask Donations (Emporia, KS) — Newman Regional Health is asking local community members for their help in donating sewn face masks to help curb the nationwide shortage faced by most all healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Interested individuals can help…

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Flint Hills Community Health Center to hold Q & A session for Businesses

By Jessica Buchholz | March 20, 2020

Please click the link for information on the ZOOM session that will be held on March 24th:

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Support Local Restaurants

By Jessica Buchholz | March 20, 2020

Dear Community Members and Business Owners Right now, several of our local businesses need our support more than ever. The Flint Hills Community Health Center in conjunction with the Lyon County Board of Health announced that: effective as of 8 AM Friday, March 20 all large public gatherings of people in Lyon County including all…

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Introducing the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency Fund (HIRE)

By Jessica Buchholz | March 20, 2020

This morning Governor Laura Kelly has announced the HIRE Fund (Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency) Fund. It’s pretty straight forward: The $5 million loan program will offer loans up to $20,000 at 0% interest for a term of 3 years with deferred payment of 4 months (1st payment due 120 days from initial disbursement date). Here’s…

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