CORONAVIRUS: Schedule adjusted, but goal of community betterment remains in place for Ignite Emporia Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Schedule adjusted, but goal of community betterment remains in place for Ignite Emporia Ignite Emporia logo

Ignite Emporia continues to foster an integrated approach to workforce development, housing and community development.


Announced a year ago as a five-year plan to connect countywide development of the workforce, community and housing to marketing and business retention, Ignite has seen some of the discussion points changed, according to Director Rob Gilligan, but not the overall mission. Having said that, study continues -- not only on how coronavirus has impacted the local economy, but on how to help the businesses that have been negatively affected.

Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jeanine McKenna Ignite's goal is to lay the foundation for a thriving community. She says "everything intertwines" with the Ignite Emporia goals and objectives.

This past winter, Ignite Emporia joined forces with RDG Consultants out of Omaha, Nebraska, to conduct targeted listening sessions as the foundation for a major housing study. The original plan was to have the results announced by now, but now Ignite is looking towards August for the reveal.

Both Gilligan and McKenna say it's important for people to realize the Ignite Emporia plan is designed to benefit all of Lyon County, not just Emporia. And both say it's just as important to remind Lyon County residents about the available opportunities as it is to recruit people to the area.

For more information, call the Chamber at 342-1600 or go online to www.emporiakschamber.org

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