A small city in Kansas is determined to prove The Onion wrong.
Folks in Emporia werent laughing when the satirical paper named it best town to escape from in 2017. In fact, the brain drain from rural areas has been a problem across the country for decades. Since 2000, Emporias population has declined more than 7 percent. Its now home to 24,724 people.
We understood that nobody was going to invest in us if we didnt, says Casey Woods, executive director of Emporia Main Street, a non-profit that advocates for local businesses and heritage.