UPDATE: Roger Harris resigns from Hutto Economic Development Corporation board

Roger Harris resigned from the Hutto EDC board at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Roger Harris resigned from the Hutto EDC board at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Update 11:49, Feb. 6: Hutto City Council approved the appointment of Christopher Carey to the Hutto EDC Type A and Type B boards at its Feb. 1 meeting. Carey has experience serving the Hutto EDC Type A board, having served on the board as recently as February 2016 and as the treasurer from February 2016 to December 2016.

Original post: Roger Harris resigned from Hutto's Economic Development Corporation board at its Jan. 22, stating he didn't have the time necessary to dedicate to serve on the EDC board, which is a voluntary position.

"The time I had to dedicate to the EDC board I just don’t have anymore. I’ve had to take a lot of things I was doing and pass them off and I didn’t feel that was fair to them [other board members]," Harris said in a phone interview Wednesday night.

Harris' resignation leaves a seat open on the formerly-seven seat board. EDC board member positions are voluntary citizen-held positions, but Hutto City Council must approve any appointee.

A supplemental agenda item was added to Thursday night's regularly scheduled Hutto City Council meeting for discussion "regarding appointments to the Board of Directors for the 4A and 4B Hutto Economic Development Corporations".

Harris was appointed to the Hutto EDC Type A board in July 2017 after Hutto City Council voted to replace the former EDC board. Hutto City Council also approved transitioning from an EDC Type A board to an EDC Type B board at that time, a move that allows the EDC to pursue different kinds of economic development investments.

The transition to a Type B board was approved by ballot in the November 2017 election.

"The ship has been righted and the wind is at the board's back. I see great things happening with the city of Hutto," Harris said. "With the EDC board, chamber and city all on the same page only great things can happen."
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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