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Search for EDA leader getting closer to finish

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE – The search for the executive director of the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority might be coming to a close.

The authority met in executive session for 40 minutes Thursday and determined that negotiations could begin with a candidate to fill the vacancy created when Bob Fouts chose to not renew his contract.

Due to confidentiality for the applicants, search committee member Mark Stout said no names would be released. Any information would be part of the executive session.

Any decision on a successor must be made by the entire authority.

Nicky Rapier, an employee of Salt River Electric, has been serving as the interim director.

Since his departure, Fouts has remained in contact with local economic issues, only on a larger scale. He has been retained as a consultant with Salt River Electric and is working on economic development issues in each of the member counties.