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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

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

Board of directors

Jeremy Johns – President
Radius Brewing Company

Aaron Sewell – Vice President
EK Real Estate

Mark McAnarney – Treasurer
City of Emporia

Tracy Weltha – Secretary
IM Design Group

Cory Falldine
Emporia State University

Eric Porter
ESB Financial

Staci Hamman
Coffelt Sign Company

Caron Daugherty
Flint Hills Technical College

Sally Sanchez
Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow

Aaron Otto
Brown's Shoe Fit

Jim Lauer
Town Royal

Organization Articles

Fab Lab Update

By Jessica Buchholz | January 6, 2023

The Fabrication Lab at Emporia Main Street came online in April of last year, and it has been a wild ride taking the concept to fruition. In the past eight months, Jeremy Wharton (the Fabrication Lab Manager) has helped businesses prototype new products, supported entrepreneurs testing out concepts, worked with event organizers to support merchandise…

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2022 Year in Review

By Jessica Buchholz | January 6, 2023

Year end reviews are important. We take time to converse with staff, volunteers, and advocates to cover activities on a monthly basis, look at metrics, and determine if we met our internal standards. In some areas, we exceeded expectations. In others, we have identified strategies for improvements. We also had several “first time” activities that…

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Downtown Emporia Looking Merry and Bright

By Jessica Buchholz | November 28, 2022

Local Organization, Foundation and City Government Collaborate on Holiday Décor Refurbishment project. Emporia, KS – As another Holiday season fast approaches, Emporia Main Street, The City of Emporia, and the Trusler Foundation have worked together to bring Upcycled Cheer to downtown. Each year after Veterans Day, city crews spend several days installing over 350 Holiday…

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Rural Rise Rewind – Lessons learned and connections made during the summit.

By Casey Woods | October 25, 2022

Last week we had national leaders in the realm of “entrepreneurial ecosystem” building that attended the third Rural Rise Summit. The first summit took place in a very small community (700 people) in West Virginia, followed by a convening in Arkansas, with plans for a 2020 summit in Emporia. We know how 2020 went…. So, after several planning…

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Navigating the Metaverse

By Jessica Buchholz | October 5, 2022

Over the past two decades Facebook has risen to the top of its game acquiring sister applications like Instagram and WhatsApp and connecting with over 3.5 billion people globally – according to the New York Times. I still remember starting grad school and friends asking me if I knew about this “new site” for college…

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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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