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MARBLE FALLS — The City Council Tuesday will review five applicants for an open slot on the EDC board, marking the first time for a possible appointment under a new rule allowing non-residents to serve.

The applicants are vying to complete the unexpired term of Director Karen Carter, who resigned from the Economic Development Corp. last month for “business reasons.”

The applicants include former council members Bryan Hicks and Josh Parker; former Burnet County Judge David Kithil; Mark Mayfield, the Texas Housing Foundation president and CEO; and local businessman Greg Mills.

Though the council appoints EDC board members and approves its budget, the nonprofit is funded by local sales taxes. The mission of the EDC is to attract and keep businesses in Marble Falls.

“It is one of the most important agencies in the city,” Hicks said Friday. “Business has been a bit slow, and the EDC board must complement what City Council is doing to create a climate that is receptive to business.”