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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 benefit 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

Back to School – Support Local Educators & Businesses

By Jessica Buchholz | August 10, 2022

August is here and that means school is right around the corner. Although we have several large events that pull people into the area during summer months, I think we can all agree that the environment changes once local school districts, Emporia State University, and Flint Hills Technical College are back in session. For the…

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Leadership Goals for the Coming Year

By Jessica Buchholz | August 10, 2022

One of the best parts of the Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting is honoring award recipients. We always enjoy highlighting the doers in the community. Another favorite part of the meeting is the new President’s “Look Forward”.Emporia Main Street has a “working” board, which is different from an “advisory board”. As the name suggests, a…

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Make growing our local educational institutions a community affair!

By Jessica Buchholz | 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.…

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Imaginarium to be Next Business in Emporia Main Street Incubator Space

By Jessica Buchholz | June 28, 2022

Emporia, KS – The Incubator Space at Emporia Main Street will be filling up soon with engineering materials, robotics, and science supplies for kids to tinker with. Founded by two certified teachers, Melanie Curtis and Dell Jacob, Imaginarium is a new nonprofit organization created to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to area youth. Imaginarium,…

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By Jessica Buchholz | June 13, 2022

Emporia Main Street has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. “We are extremely proud to recognize…

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The 22-23 Membership Year is HERE!

By Jessica Buchholz | June 10, 2022

New Year, New Name and Things Are Looking Up! Time to register. As we move into another year for our community and Emporia Main Street, we say things are “Looking Up”. After the past two years of trials, tribulations, tears (both good and bad) and A LOT of hard work, Emporia Main Street board members,…

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