Thomas Cook is a partner in the Bose McKinney & Evans Site Selection and Economic Incentives Group. Thomas assists clients with economic development opportunities in Indiana and the Midwest, site selection, financing options, workforce and development incentives, and public private-partnerships. He also is a member of the firm’s Business Services, Real Estate and Local Government Groups. Thomas represents clients in a variety of industries, including technology, hospitality, agribusiness and sports.
Prior to joining Bose McKinney & Evans, Thomas served as chief deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis. While working for Indianapolis, 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. Thomas also led the city’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.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law (J.D., 2011)
Indiana University – Bloomington (B.A., political science, communication and culture, 2008)
Honors / Awards
Forty Under 40, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2016
Appointments / Memberships
2024 NBA All-Star, Board of Directors
Indiana Independent Venue Association, Board of Directors