Ehlers, Inc.

Phil Cosson, CIPMA

Phil Cosson, CIPMA

Senior Municipal Advisor/Director

(262) 796-6161
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Phil has been a Municipal Advisor in the Ehlers’ Wisconsin office since1996 assisting Wisconsin cities, townships, counties, public utilities, and special districts design and implement financial solutions. Prior to joining Ehlers he had eight years of local government experience working at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and for the City of Ocala, Florida. One of Phil’s greatest contributions to Ehlers and our clients is his ability provide sound financial solutions that have lead to the financial success of his clients while building strong mutually beneficial relationships.

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

Economic Development

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

Public Participation

  • Public Participation Process
  • Community Goals & Objectives Facilitation
  • Project Planning
  • Referendum Services

Licenses and Certifications

  • Series 50 License
  • Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor (CIPMA) by the National Association of Municipal Advisors (NAMA)
  • National Development Council – Economic Development Finance Professional

Professional Memberships

  • WI City/County Management Association
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Authority
  • Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association
  • WI Clerks, Treasurers Finance Officers Association
  • Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin
  • WI Municipal Clerks Association
  • National Government Finance Officers Association
  • National Association of Independent Financial Advisors


  • Bachelor of Science (Geography)
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI
  • Masters Degree (City Planning)
    Georgia Institute of Technology-Atlanta, GA

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