About the Committee

The Midwestern Legislative Conference Economic Development Committee provides a forum for legislators to examine strategies for economic growth in individual states and the region as a whole. Legislators from the 11 member states of the MLC and four Canadian provinces serve on the committee. If you have questions about the committee, please contact Laura Tomaka, CSG Midwest staff liaison to the committee.


Upcoming Meetings

The committee will meet on Sunday, July 9, and will host a policy session on Monday, July 10, in conjunction with the 2017 MLC Annual Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Topics to be discussed include:
Sunday, July 9 | 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Economic Development Committee Meeting

The members of the MLC Economic Development Committee will participate in a facilitated discussion on the economic development strategies that they and fellow lawmakers are considering and the policies in place to create economic growth and vibrant state and provincial economies. A regional exchange of ideas will be offered as several committee members report on specific proposals and policies in their respective jurisdictions.
Monday, July 10 | 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Economic Development Policy Session: State Strategies to Support Job Creation and Growth

A crucial piece to community and state prosperity is the existence of thriving and growing businesses that provide employment. What do businesses—particularly small and medium-size businesses that employ a large portion of today’s workforce—need to help them thrive and grow? What is the role of public policy in business development? A panel of experts will discuss various challenges facing the region’s job creators, as well as opportunities for policymakers to help support them. Topics will include advancing entrepreneurial education, improving access to capital, supporting business growth in the rural Midwest, and assessing the impact of regulatory frameworks on business climates.



Committee Membership


Sen. Ken Horn



Rep. Elgie Sims


Vice Chair

Sen. Kevin Killer

South Dakota



Past Meetings & Events

2016 Committee Meeting — Milwaukee


Committee resources




Updated June 29, 2017