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.



July 9, 2017 | Committee Meeting (2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
The members of the MLC Economic Development Committee participated 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 was offered as several committee members reported on specific proposals and policies in their respective jurisdictions.


July 10, 2017 | Policy Session (2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
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 discussed various challenges facing the region’s job creators, as well as opportunities for policymakers to help support them. Topics included advancing entrepreneurial education, improving access to capital, supporting business growth in the rural Midwest, and assessing the impact of regulatory frameworks on business climates.


July 17, 2016 | Committee Meeting (2016 MLC Annual Meeting)


Committee Membership


Sen. Ken Horn



Sen. Kevin Killer

South Dakota

Vice Chair

Rep. Dave Greenspan




Committee resources




Updated March 16, 2018