The Emporia Comparative Advantage is Strategic location, Workforce, Post-Secondary Education, and Quality of Life.
STRATEGIC LOCATION: I-35, I-335 and Highway, BNSF Trans con intermodal 76 miles, Natural Gas Pipelines – Southern Star 26 inch HP and Panhandle East, Westar Energy Emporia Energy Center 646 megawatt natural gas peaking plant with 345 and several 115 KW Transmission lines, proximity (60 to 90 minutes) to KC metro, Lawrence Topeka, Wichita all by interstate highways. The City of Emporia municipal airport with a 5,000 foot runway will accommodate most general aviation corporate aircraft – Cessna, Gulfstream, Falcon jets. Plans are underway to extent runway to 5,500 feet.
US Highway 50, a major east-west US Highway
Interstate 35 and Interstate 335 intersect in Emporia and allows easy access to Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka.
Emporia Municipal Airport has a 5,000 foot runway and is 5 miles south of the city on Kansas Highway 99.
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