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.
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.
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
Board of directors
Kevin Nelson – President
Lane Massey – Treasurer
City of Emporia
Lisa Kirmer – Secretary
Flint Hills Technical College
EK Real Estate
BLI Rentals LLC
IM Design Group
Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow
Emporia State University
Radius Brewing Company
Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow
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…Continue Reading >
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…Continue Reading >
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.…Continue Reading >
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,…Continue Reading >
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…Continue Reading >
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,…Continue Reading >