Ehlers, Inc.

Michael C. Harrigan, CIPMA

Michael C. Harrigan, CIPMA

Senior Municipal Advisor/Chairman of the Board

(262) 796-6165
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Mike has been a Municipal Advisor in the Ehlers’ Wisconsin office since1993 assisting Wisconsin cities, villages, towns, counties, schools public utilities, and special districts design and implement financial solutions. Prior to joining Ehlers he had 19 years of local government management experience, most recently as Village Manager at Whitefish Bay. Mike has served on Ehlers’ Board of Directors since 1999 and was elected Chairman in 2006. Mike serves as a Director-at-Large officer on the National Association of Municipal Advisors (NAMA) Board of Directors.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Planning and Issuance

  • Analysis & Presentation of Alternative Financing Options, Funding Sources, Plans And Tools
  • General Obligation and Revenue Debt
  • CDA/RDA Lease Revenue Bonds
  • Special Assessment Bonds
  • Refundings/Cash Defeasances
  • Representation to Bond Market & Credit Rating Agencies

Strategic and Financial Planning

  • Capital Improvements Planning
  • Project Feasibility Studies
  • Financial Goals & Objectives Facilitation
  • Project Impact Analysis
  • Financial Management Plans
  • Impact Fee Studies
  • Referendum Services
  • Public Participation Process

Economic Development

  • Tax Increment District Creation & Amendment
  • CDA/RDA Creation
  • Developer Recruitment
  • Developer Proforma Analysis
  • Development Agreement Negotiation
  • Developer Performance Evaluation

Wisconsin School Services

  • Referendum Planning
  • Analysis & Presentation of Alternative Financing Options, Funding Sources, Plans And Tools
  • Cashflow Borrowing

Legislation Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Provision of technical analysis of existing or proposed legislation for Wisconsin Local Governments and has served as technical resource to League of WI Municipalities, Alliance of Cities & Wisconsin Economic Development Association.

Licenses and Certifications

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

Professional Memberships

  • International City/County Managers Association
  • WI City/County Management Association (Past President)
  • Public Policy Forum (Current Member Board of Directors)
  • Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association
  • WI Clerks, Treasurers Finance Officers Association
  • Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin
  • WI Municipal Clerks Association
  • WI Towns Association
  • National Government Finance Officers Association


  • Bachelor of Arts 72 (Political Science & English)
    Marquette University-Milwaukee, WI
  • Master of Arts Program (Urban Affairs)
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

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