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 committee will engage in a roundtable discussion of key economic development issues and trends in the Midwest’s states and provinces. This will be an opportunity for the committee members to share the most significant initiatives in their states and provinces and learn about new and innovative programs from their committee members.
Monday, July 10 | 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Economic Development Policy Session—Supporting Job Creators

This session will explore ways in which policymakers can support their states’ and provinces’ job creators, in particular small and medium-size businesses. The session will feature a panel of experts who will discuss strategies for helping business to start, thrive and grow.  Potential topics include advancing entrepreneurial education, improving access to capital, assessing the impact of regulatory frameworks, and meeting the needs of rural and small communities.


Committee Membership


Sen. Ken Horn



Rep. Elgie Sims


Vice Chair

Sen. Kevin Killer

South Dakota



Past Meetings

Committee presentations and handouts from 2016 meeting in Milwaukee


Committee resources




Updated May 25, 2017