December, 2015
On behalf of the entire Ehlers team, we hope that you and your families enjoy the best that the season has to offer. We appreciate your relationship and interaction with us.

Happy Holidays from our team to yours!

Steve Apfelbacher, President
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Ehlers 2017 MN Public Finance Seminar 
Registration is Open! February 2-3, 2017

Registration for the 2017 Ehlers MN Public Finance Seminar is now open! Click here to view the brochure and click here to register online. You can always visit our website for details. 

SEC Charges 71 Municipal Issuers with MCDC Violations
The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged 71 municipal issuers and other obligated
persons for violations with municipal bond offerings, related to the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC). 
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Strategic Decisions Lead to Bond Rating Upgrade 
City Council Gets Credit for Setting Long-Term Goals
By Rebecca Kurtz, Senior Municipal Advisor   

Jeff Jones, City Administrator of Pipestone, Minnesota is quietly celebrating the City's bond rating upgrade. In 2016 Standard & Poor's raised the City's bond rating from A+ to AA- with a stable outlook.
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Six Tips for Crafting an RFP for Professional Services
How to Maximize the Quality of Responses
By Jake Grey, TIF Coordinator

Throughout all our markets, Ehlers replies to dozens of Requests for Proposals ("RFPs") each year. We have seen how a good RFP can generate interest and provide key information our clients need to select a consultant that best suits their needs. Below are six key points that an RFP should include to maximize the number and quality of responses.
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Meet James Lehnhoff

James Lehnhoff joined Ehlers' Roseville office in October 2016 as a Municipal Advisor. James has nearly 14 years of local government and real estate development experience, including extensive work in land use planning, economic development, housing development, Pro Forma analysis, community engagement, and project management.

He has successfully implemented complex and nationally recognized development projects to advance community goals. Prior to joining Ehlers, James led the real estate development team at Aeon, a non-profit housing developer, and previously served as the Community Development Director for the City of Arden Hills.

Meet Chris Mickelson

Chris Mickelson joined Ehlers' Minnesota office in the fall of 2016 after serving in various public sector roles for the last 6 years. These positions ranged for serving as an analyst for the City Manager of the tenth largest municipality in the United States as well as serving as a City Administrator for a small municipality in the Twin Cities. 
We extend a warm welcome to James and Chris as part of the Ehlers' Minnesota Municipalities Team, and hope you will do the same when you meet them at upcoming conferences and the Ehlers Seminar. 
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