Labor and Economic Development Resources | 2017 Legislative Summit


Committee Business Meeting | Aug. 6, 2017

The Labor and Economic Development Committee met on Aug. 6, 2017, in conjunction with NCSL's Legislative Summit in Boston.


  • Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, Nevada
  • Senator Terri Haverly, South Dakota

At NCSL committee business meetings, committee members discuss and vote on committee business and policies. This year, the members passed a new policy directive on Military and Veterans, a new resolution on veterans’ medical care in Compact of Free Association nations, and an amended version of an existing EB-5 resolution. All amendments and policies were passed unanimously by voice vote both in committee and at the full conference business meeting. All committee policies can be found on the Labor and Economic Development Committee webpage.

Military and Veterans Affairs Economic Outlook, Opportunities and Impacts | Aug. 7, 2017

This session offered a discussion of potential federal defense spending and the effect it will have on states, along with economic development opportunities for military veterans.


  • Senator Terri Haverly (R), South Dakota


  • Tim Ford, Association of Defense Communities | No Presentation
  • Barbara Carson, U.S. Small Business Administration | Presentation
  • Tara Butler, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment | Presentation 

International Trade Panel and Discussion

With a new administration in the White House, the outlook for trade has changed. The U.S. has formally withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Partnership, and the North America Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico has been reopened for negotiations. This discussion covered potential challenges and opportunities international trade offers states, along with possible implications moving forward.


  • Representative Rafael Anchia (D), Texas


  • Linda Dempsey, National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, D.C. 
  • Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.
  • Secretary Matt DeCourcey, parliamentary secretary, Canada

LED Committee Special Briefing: Ensuring States are Globally Competitive, State Success Stories and Innovative Opportunities

Global competition for investment is continuing to play an important role in how states expand their economic development capabilities along with the fostering of new and innovative jobs. This session offered a special briefing on what policies can help boost or hinder a state’s global economic competitiveness and what steps legislators have taken to grow their states economies and competitiveness.


  • Representative Monica Youngblood (R), New Mexico


  • Nancy McLernon, Organization for International Investment | Presentation
  • Stefan Pryor, secretary of commerce, Rhode Island
  • Jay Ash, secretary of housing and economic development, Massachusetts