Ignite Emporia: Future Is Digital Training Program

Ignite Emporia Continues Future is Digital Training Program with Center on Rural Innovation and Microsoft Ignite Emporia continues its participation in the Future is Digital Challenge skills development program with the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), an initiative dedicated to tech upskilling to ensure residents of small towns and rural communities are equipped to participate … Read more


The Emporia Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau regretfully announces the postponement of the 124th Annual Meeting. “This was a difficult decision to make,” said Jeanine McKenna, President/CEO of the Emporia Area Chamber. “We had every intention of holding the meeting on Friday, January 21. “However, in watching the number of COVID cases increase at an … Read more

Testing Clinic Updates (COVID-19)

Due to the shortage of home test kits and the increased need for testing in our community, Healthier Lyon County has added a number of testing clinics. The only change at this time is that on Tuesday, January 11, in addition to rapid tests, KDHE will be supporting the clinic and offering PCR tests as … Read more

Leadership Emporia Graduates — Congratulations!

We’re so proud of our graduates! Please join us in congratulating the 2021 graduates of the Leadership Emporia Academy. Most sincere thanks to our underwriter, Tyson Fresh Meats. 2021 Leadership Emporia Academy graduates: Jill Cook, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office LeLan Dains, Visit Emporia Ashley Davis, SOS Child Advocacy Center Andrea Elwood, NRH Hand in Hand … Read more

Student Essay Contest Winners Announced

Student Essay Contest Winners Announced — 235 Area Students Participated EMPORIA, Kansas, November 5, 2021 – – 235 students in participating area schools submitted essays for this year’s All Veterans Tribute Student Essay Contest organized by Visit Emporia. The contest was held virtually for the second year and open to students in grades 5-12 in Lyon, … Read more

Visit Emporia Wins Coveted People’s Choice Award

Returns from Kansas Tourism Conference with Two Trophies EMPORIA, Kansas, October 26, 2021 – – The Visit Emporia team returned from the annual Kansas Tourism Conference with two first place marketing awards. LeLan Dains and Kelly Mayer of Visit Emporia recently attended the Kansas Tourism Conference presented by the Kansas Tourism Office and the Travel … Read more


On Wednesday, October 20, we will be celebrating Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day–and we hope you will, too. This holiday was created to celebrate the primary objective of chambers of commerce across the country and abroad: strengthening local businesses of all sizes. The best way to honor your own local chamber is to … Read more