Michelle Margeson Named Director of Ignite Emporia

Ignite Emporia

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Emporia is pleased to announce that Michelle Margeson has been selected as the Director of Ignite Emporia. Michelle will continue the work of implementing a five-year Ignite Emporia plan and its strategies of workforce development; housing development and revitalization; business retention; community development and marketing, and childcare. … Read more

Ignite Emporia Community Housing Survey Link

In December of 2019, Ignite Emporia engaged with RDG Planning & Design of Omaha, NE to complete a comprehensive housing study for Lyon County. As part of that study, community members are invited to take part in an on-line survey that looks at current and future housing needs. We invite you to share your thoughts … Read more

Housing Study Listening Tours

Ignite Emporia

Community Input on Housing Needs Wanted Ignite Emporia and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce invite community members in and around Emporia and Lyon County to participate in their upcoming community housing focus groups and online survey.  In December of 2019, Ignite Emporia engaged with RDG Planning & Design of Omaha, NE to complete a … Read more

Ignite Emporia Promotional Video


Over the past eight months, the Emporia Area Chamber has been focusing on working with its members to develop a five-year strategic plan.  Through this plan, the Chamber will fulfill its mission of being proactive in creating an environment for business and community success.

Ignite Emporia is an aggressive, five-year strategic initiative designed to grow our own, create jobs, retain and expand current business and industries, ensure the readiness of our workforce, and grow our workforce housing.

Ignite Emporia has created a synergy that hasn’t been seen since the committee of 50 or even before! Private and public investment in Lyon County is creating opportunities for everyone from our local school districts to our largest industries.

Call our office at 620-342-1600  to learn more.


Ignite Emporia Kick-Off Breakfast

Over 100 community members and business leaders attended the Ignite Emporia kick-off Breakfast this morning. Over $600,000 has been raised! Contact the Chamber if you would like to learn more about the Ignite Emporia Campaign 620-342-1600.

Ignite Emporia’s First Investor

  Emporia, KS – Ignite Emporia is excited to announce Vektek LLC as the first investor in our county-wide economic development initiative with a pledge of $100,000! Troy Estes and the management team of Vektek LLC are passionate about strengthening their community and believe in the mission of Ignite Emporia to address core elements of … Read more