The law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas Cook has joined the firm’s Site Selection & Economic Incentives Group as a partner. In his role, Cook assists clients with economic development opportunities in Indiana and the Midwest, site selection, financing options, workforce and development incentives, and public-private partnerships. Cook also is a member of the firm’s Business Services, Real Estate and Local Government Groups.  He represents clients in a variety of industries, including technology, hospitality, agribusiness and sports.

Prior to joining Bose McKinney & Evans, Cook served as chief deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis. While working for the City, he helped negotiate more than $1 billion in public-private partnerships and mixed-use developments, including notable projects such as Bottleworks and the new Infosys corporate campus, along with efforts to redevelop the former GM Stamping Plant near downtown Indianapolis.

“We are thrilled to add Thomas to our firm,” said Jeffrey Gaither, managing partner of Bose McKinney & Evans. “He brings a deep knowledge of the Indiana economic development landscape, and a proven track record, which will be invaluable as we work toward even greater success for our valued clients.”

Cook also enjoyed other successes with the City, including leading the office’s strategic planning for sports and tourism, resulting in the Indiana General Assembly’s bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 7 in 2019, a 25-year contract extension with the Indiana Pacers, and the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and associated hotel development on Pan Am Plaza.

In addition, he managed the city’s COVID-19 pandemic and recovery response, which included disbursing more than $200 million in federal and local programming for small business assistance, expanded housing and hunger services, and public health and safety reimbursements.

Cook was honored as one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and communications and culture from Indiana University. He earned a law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.