Downtown Emporia is celebrating nearly two years of an historic district designation at the state level and almost 18 months of said designation at the federal level.
Main Street Director Casey Woods says there have been some notable changes. He says downtown merchants are now exploring what the designation can mean for their businesses.
Woods says the main feature is a series of tax credits. Those give business owners different options for how to proceed if they are considering improvements.
The next step is signage on area highways to let people know about the historic district status. Woods says heritage tourism is fast becoming more popular, especially for day trips, and Emporia's location between Topeka and Kansas City to the northeast and Wichita to the southwest makes this an attractive location for hundreds of thousands of potential tourists.