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Shaping the Future of Marble Falls

Last week, the City of Marble Falls launched a survey as part of its Comprehensive Plan update process. In addition to recommendations and guidance from the consultant, the Comp Plan update requires feedback from area citizens and stakeholders in order to balance the needs and desires of the community with good planning principles.

Marble Falls EDC Supports Sculpture Project

At yesterday’s EDC meeting, the board approved a request for funds for the creation of a Floyd Tillman sculpture.

Marble Falls Welcomes New Intern

Meet Mariah Shirley, the new intern shared by the City of Marble Falls and the Marble Falls EDC.

Marble Falls EDC Update - June 2015

I know that Prezi has been around for a little while, but it is a new toy for me. After using PowerPoint for a decade, I think I'll start shaking things up a little more often--like I did last night during my update to the Marble Falls City Council.

Quick Poll: Sports Advertising

Quick Poll: If Marble Falls could advertise in one professional or collegiate sports program for a season, which team makes the most sense?

A Day in the Life of an Economic Developer

One of the many things that I love about my job is that no two days are the same. Economic development is a very fluid activity that is based on the needs and wants of the community, so there is a wide array of thoughts regarding how I can and should approach my position. In sum, I try to be an advocate, an analyst, a catalyst, a resource, an educator, and a visionary. On a daily basis, some or all of these roles manifest themselves into activities that provide some semblance of structure to my work.

Marble Falls on Twitter

For this blog entry, I thought I would use one form of social media to promote another. While much of my Twitter activity this month has revolved around Duke’s fifth national championship in basketball and the second teaser trailer for Star Wars VII, below is a compilation of some of my favorite tweets about Marble Falls from the last couple of weeks.

An Economic Check-up for Marble Falls

With an update on gross sales information from the Comptroller through the third quarter of 2014, I thought it would be a good time to check the economic health of Marble Falls. The good news is that gross sales for all industries totaled just under $192 million for Q3 2014. This reflects a 2.52% increase over Q3 2013. The sum of the last four quarters is more than $743 million, meaning that gross sales increased by 3.18% last year.

Springtime in Marble Falls

Spring is finally in the air, and the weather is perfect in Marble Falls. It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy many of the things that make the Highland Lakes area so special. Here are some of my ideas…

Marketing Marble Falls

Lately, I’ve had a lot of conversations about how Marble Falls is marketed. The majority originates with solicitations for advertising and questions about the EDC’s marketing plan. Some of the discussions are about how Marble Falls compares to peer communities in terms of visibility. Other conversations are about who our “target audience” is. The answers to these questions will typically follow the theme of “It depends.” I’ll attempt to provide a better map of the landscape below.