Mayor Tommy Davis, right, welcomes James Graham, the city's new economic development director. Graham hit the ground running Thursday, his first day on the job. Graham says he likes Minden and sees the potential for growth. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

Thursday was the first day for the City of Minden’s new economic director, and he’s excited to get started.

James Graham has been in the business of economic development for 30 years. Mayor Tommy Davis took him around Minden Thursday and he sees a community that is fortunate for coming through the economic recession relatively unscathed.

“However, it is clear that the city cannot stand still,” he said. “Anyone in business understands that if you’re standing still, it is most likely you are sliding backwards. It is a community that is ready for change, and it has to take the next step,



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