Ehlers, Inc.

Joel Sutter, CIPMA

Joel Sutter, CIPMA

Senior Municipal Advisor/Vice President

(651) 697-8514
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Joel has been a Municipal Advisor in the Ehlers’ Roseville office since 1996, helping Minnesota school districts to design and implement financial solutions. Prior to joining Ehlers he was Business Manager at the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District for 9 years and a research analyst for the MN Department of Education and Minnesota Senate. One of Joel’s greatest contributions to Ehlers and our clients is his expertise in structuring large and complex financing plans for school districts.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Planning and Issuance

  • Analysis & Presentation of Alternative Financing Options, Plans And Tools
  • Property Tax Impact Analysis
  • Preparation of Information for Publication and Presentation
  • Voter-Approved Building Bonds
  • Maximum Effort Capital Loans
  • Alternative Facilities Bonds
  • Capital Facilities Bonds
  • Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB’s)
  • Cash Flow Borrowing
  • Refundings
  • Lease Purchases

Operating Referendum Planning and Assistance

Capital Projects Levy Assistance

Truth in Taxation Hearing Presentations

TIF and Abatement Analysis

Assistance with Legislative Initiatives

Lease Levy Approval

Long-Term Financial Planning and Capital Improvement Planning

Licenses and Certifications

  • Series 50 License
  • Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor (CIPMA) by the National Association of Municipal Advisors (NAMA)

Professional Memberships and Recognition

  • Minnesota Association of School Business Officials
  • Minnesota Association of School Administrators
  • Minnesota School Boards Association
  • Association of School Business Officials International
  • 2011 Associate Leaders Award from the MN Association of School Business Managers’


  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics),
    Carleton College, Northfield, MN
    Honors: Magna cum laude
  • Master of Arts (Public Affairs),
    Hubert H. Humphrey Institute-University of Minnesota

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