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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

Power Ups

By Casey Woods | July 8, 2014

  Power Ups            To build a better Emporia, lets start asking the people that want to be here…   Most businesses will tell you that when they want to build their business, they concentrate on existing customers.  Why do those customers use the businesses services?  Why do they shop in the businesses store front?  What…

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Organic Leadership

By Casey Woods | July 8, 2014

  Organic Leadership      It's the choice for a new generation   In a recent meeting of Flint Hills Region professionals that were in their 20's and 30's a curious trend started to emerge through table discussions.  Facilitators lamented the "fact" that "fewer people in organizations are doing the majority of the work"…  Individuals disagreed. …

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Bringing it all Together: The 4 Point Approach

By Casey Woods | July 8, 2014

  Bringing it all   Together           Different points provide better results Every business or organization has to ask themselves a series of tough questions to achieve success.  What makes you different?  What makes you special?  How are you different from your competition?  The answers to these questions often make up a large…

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