Rathke to lead Convention and Visitors Bureau

A familiar name is leading the Convention and Visitors Bureau on a permanent basis.

Susan Rathke, the interim director since fall 2012, officially shed that label after interviewing Monday. She says she's ready for the job.


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Rathke says she has several short-term goals, including the dissecting of a visitor profile study being compiled by an Overland Park consulting firm and a new website for the CVB.

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Long-term, Rathke is hoping to add to Emporia's major event list. One addition was recently announced -- the 2016 Shrine Bowl -- and Rathke wants to bring the Kansas Sampler Festival to Emporia either in 2018 or 2019.

Rathke was promoted to interim CVB director following the resignation of Betty James after working as the Chamber's sales director for several years. She's approaching her 21st anniversary with the Chamber and CVB, which will come next month.

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