Emporia Main Street (EMS) is an economic and community development philosophy that operates within the City of Emporia and Lyon County. Using an effective four point approach, adopted from the National Main Street Center, Emporia Main Street works to create a dense and sustainable community where business, properties, developments and people can thrive.

After 26 years, it is time for a new Home for Emporia Main Street. Our New Space will grow local business and employment in Emporia, foster entrepreneurship and calculate risk-taking to build a stronger community.

Click HERE to be a part of the HomeGrown Campaign.


Starting that Holiday Shopping? Emporia Main Street Gift Certificates are a great way to support Local Businesses and get the perfect gift!

We can ship gift certificates to you or the person you are giving to! They can also be purchased at the office!




In 2014, the Emporia Main Street organization spearheaded a project to decorate the downtown light posts with banners honoring current or former service members. From the beginning, the project was about much more than banners – it was about collecting, preserving, and sharing the personal stories of those who have bravely served their country.

In 2017, Emporia Main Street partnered with KVOE Radio to create Beyond the Banners magazine. The magazine contains all the stories collected during the banner project, in a printed keepsake publication. Pre-Orders are now being taken for this timeless keepsake. To place an order please click here: Beyond The Banners.