Laura A. Tomaka has worked for CSG since 1996. She staffs the Midwestern Legislative Conference’s Economic Development Committee. In that role, she researches and writes about the use of business incentives, state strategies to improve the availability of and access to venture capital, and the promotion of technology-led economic development. She also has examined the link between economic development and the work force. More recently, she has managed the work of the Resurgent Midwest, Insurgent Growth Initiative, which produced the report “In Search of Growth: An Economic Check-Up of the Midwestern State.” She now is working on a project to examine the potential for regional collaboration on issues related to economic development of the Midwestern states.
Tomaka also is the program manager for the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, known as BILLD, where she leads CSG Midwest’s effort to provide leadership training to newer legislators in the Midwest region.
She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in political science from Loyola University Chicago.
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