Little Lyons Childcare Hires Administrator

The Board of Directors of Little Lyons Childcare are excited to announce Serena Jeffery as the first Administrator hired to manage Little Lyons Childcare. Serena comes to Little Lyons from the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. Serena has lived in Emporia for almost 15 years and has dedicated her career to organizations who all serve … Read more

Little Lyons Childcare Seeking Center Administrator

Little Lyons Childcare is set to open in spring of 2024 with 3 initial classrooms and eventually licensed for over 100 children and be open 24/7. We are seeking a Center Administrator to oversee start-up, continuing daily operations, staff development, licensing compliance, and curriculum development. KAR 28-4-429 requirements preferred or applicable experience. Experience in leadership, … Read more

Emporia Area Chamber Foundation Receives Capital Projects Fund Accelerator Award

The Emporia Area Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce they are recipients of the Capital Projects Fund Accelerator Award in the amount of $1,756,759.00. This grant opportunity was made possible by the U.S. Treasury received by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. Factors influencing funding recommendations of this grant include alignment with the requirement … Read more

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