Mission Statement

Emporia RDA Mission Statement is:

To proactively promote economic growth of the East Central Kansas region through commercial and industry recruitment, expansion, and training enhancements.


  • The creation of skilled jobs that benefit the community
  • Encourage the retention of existing employment within the region
  • Create an atmosphere that provides growth opportunities to industry

Twenty-five years ago, the Emporia RDA was created to be the lead economic development organization for the City of Emporia, and Lyon County, Kansas. We work collaboratively with out various partners, Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention K& Visitors Bureau, Emporia Enterprises, our land management group, Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College, and Emporia Main Street.

The RDA purpose is job creation, retention, expansion and recruitment of new primary businesses, and to create a pro-business climate.

The RDA has a long history and reputation of working confidentially with existing, and new businesses with their business expansion plan.