James Harrington, CIPMA
I love to help my clients address problems and challenges and to find solutions that best meets the needs of their constituents.

James Harrington, CIPMA

Senior Municipal Advisor
James Harrington, CIPMA

Jim has been a Senior Municipal Advisor with Ehlers since 2014, advising clients on debt issuance initiatives and economic development programs. He has over 35 years of direct public finance experience.  One of Jim’s greatest contributions to Ehlers is his ability to design practical financial solutions for his clients, and to effectively and clearly communicate those solutions to decision makers.

Jim lives in Centennial with his family and is actively involved in his community.  He loves to attend Colorado Rockies baseball games is an avid Denver Broncos fan.  He also enjoys golf and sailing in the Caribbean.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Planning & Issuance

  • Alternative Financing Options
  • General Obligation & Revenue Debt
  • CDA/RDA Lease Revenue Bonds
  • Special Assessment Bonds
  • Refundings/Cash Defeasances
  • Representation to Bond Market & Rating Agencies

Strategic & Financial Planning

  • Capital Improvements Planning
  • Project Feasibility Studies
  • Financial Goals & Objectives Facilitation
  • Project Impact Analysis
  • Financial Management Plans
  • Impact Fee Studies

Economic Development & Redevelopment

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

Public Participation

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


Bachelor of Science, West Point Military Academy
Master of Science – Engineering, University of Southern California
Master of Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University


Series 50 License
Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor

Community Involvement

Colorado Baseball Commission – Past Member & Treasurer
Cherry Creek School Board – Past President & Member
SCFD Board – Past President & Member
Aurora Community College Foundation – Board Member & Treasurer Emeritus
Archdiocese of Denver Finance Counsel – Past President & Treasurer Emeritus
Metropolitan Football Stadium District Board – Member
Citizens for Arts to Zoo Board – Current President