Ehlers, Inc.

Jessica Cook

Financial Specialist/Director

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Jessica has been a Financial Specialist in the Ehlers Roseville office since 2003 designing and implementing financial solutions for Minnesota cities, counties, and housing and economic development authorities, and now serves as a Financial Specialist. Prior to joining Ehlers she had 11 years of experience working for housing and redevelopment authorities in the Twin Cities. One of Jessica’s greatest contributions to Ehlers and our clients is her ability to communicate the policy implications of financing options, enabling communities to make sound financial decisions.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Planning and Issuance

  • Analysis and presentation of options to finance community infrastructure and facilities
  • General Obligation Bonds
  • Lease Revenue Financing
  • Non-Profit & Industrial Revenue Bonds
  • MN Public Facilities (PFA) Loans
  • Refundings
  • Housing Revenue Bonds

Strategic and Financial Planning

  • Financing Plans for Water, Sewer, and Storm Water Utilities
  • Utility Rate Analyses
  • Debt Management
  • Financial Management Planning
  • Capital Improvements Planning

Economic, Housing Development & Redevelopment

  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • Tax Abatement Financing & Policies
  • Downtown Redevelopment and Revitalization
  • Developer Proforma Analysis/But For Test
  • Developer Attraction & Selection
  • Calculation of Developer Payments
  • TIF Revenue Projections
  • Housing Development

Public Participation

  • Public Participation Process that involves the public in providing feedback about proposed new public facilities or redevelopment.
  • Communications/Newsletters

Licenses and Certifications

  • Series 50 License

Professional Memberships

  • Sensible Land Use Coalition
  • National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials
  • MN Assn. of Local Housing Finance Agencies (MALHFA)

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (Sociology)
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Graduate Work (Business Administration),
    University of St. Thomas, MN

Articles

Seven Tips for Crafting an RFP for Professional Services – Minnesota Cities, July/August 2017

Funding Stormwater Management – Minnesota Cities, July/August 2013

Community Development Agency Maximizes TIF for Housing

Diversify Revenues with Franchise Fees – Minnesota Cites, July/August 2014

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