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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


By Jessica Buchholz | June 11, 2021

The Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund (GEADRF) is excited to announce the #VaxToNormal campaign. In partnership with Newman Regional Health and Lyon County Public Health, the GEADRF is working to increase vaccination rates in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties. To encourage individuals to roll up their sleeves for a…

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Emporia Main Street designated as an accredited Main Street program for 2021

By Jessica Buchholz | June 2, 2021

Emporia Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street™ 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 proud to recognize this year’s 889…

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What is next in the realm of Community and Economic Development?

By Jessica Buchholz | May 14, 2021

During the National Main Street Conference, we had the opportunity to listen to a variety of different speakers and researchers tracking changes in community and economic development cultures. Understanding those changes can enhance businesses ability to grow, and communities that embrace and anticipate changes can enhance their local economies.Amy Lui, the Vice President and Director…

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How Can You Help-A Push For Collaboration!

By Jessica Buchholz | May 10, 2021

We have just made it through DDO week, which is the first “major” event held in Emporia since October of 2019. We shook some rust off, greeted guests, and promoted some business activity. But it was obvious that some things have changed since the pandemic took hold. Let’s talk through some ways that you can…

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What is the Cost of a Vacant Building?

By Jessica Buchholz | April 27, 2021

“It’s not hurting anything.”“I can do whatever I want with whatever I own.”“I inherited it, and I’m really not in a hurry to let it go.”“It’s got sentimental value.”“For the right price (that I won’t provide) I may entertain an offer.”“It used to give me income, but I don’t know what to do with it…

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By Jessica Buchholz | April 12, 2021

CHICAGO (April 2021) – Emporia Main Street in Emporia, Kansas, is one of six winners of the Main Street Forward Awards, which recognize communities that have shown exemplary recovery and resilience efforts amid the multiple crises of 2020. Selected by a national jury of economic development experts, Emporia Main Street (EMS) is being honored for…

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