The board of directors of the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce announced Friday the selection of Joseph A. “Joey” Graves of Missouri to be the chamber’s new president and CEO. The position has been vacant a year since David Hamilton left after 13 years to join the Paris-Henry County Alliance. Since 2004, Graves has served as executive director of the Community Development Department in Union, Missouri, and was executive director of the Carroll County Community Development Corporation in Kentucky 1999-2004. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Murray State University in 1993 and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute through the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves on the Missouri Economic Development Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Franklin County Economic Development Council and is a member of the Union Rotary Club and Franklin County Area United Way. “Joey is an excellent addition to the chamber staff and has extensive experience in local economic development,” former chamber board Chairman Ted Williams said in an announcement of the hiring of Graves. Williams was part of the committee that screened and interviewed candidates. “He will be a great asset to the chamber and the community. The chamber’s Economic Development Committee unanimously selected Joey and he was unanimously approved by the chamber’s board of directors.” Graves will begin his new position in Dickson on July 28 and looks forward to building relationships with local businesses and industries. “I’m looking forward to working with existing business and industry and assisting them in their efforts to grow. I’m also looking forward to marketing Dickson County to potential industrial prospects,” Graves says in the announcement. “Dickson County has so many attributes industrial prospects search for: location, infrastructure, workforce; so I’m certain the efforts of the chamber will continue to create more opportunities for the citizens of Dickson County.” Established in 1921, the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce coordinates the talents and energies of business, industry and individuals in promoting the county and improving the quality of life. A reception to introduce Graves will be scheduled soon.