Jessica Cook
I really enjoy solving puzzles for my clients and providing financial solutions that help them improve their communities.

Jessica Cook

Economic Development Advisor, Board Chair
Jessica Cook

Jessica is an Economic Development Advisor on our Minnesota team and also manages Ehlers’ team of financial planning consultants.  In her economic development role, Jessica assists Minnesota communities with pro forma analysis, developer roundtables, feasibility analysis for small area plans, and developer fee analysis.  She also leads our Fiscal Consultants in developing long-term financial management plans, TIF management plans, and utility rate studies. Jessica is well known and highly regarded for her ability to communicate the policy implications of project financing and rate setting, helping the clients she serves make sound and objective decisions.  In addition to her advisory and leadership responsibilities, Jessica serves as the Chair for Ehlers Companies’ Board of Directors.

Jessica lives in Edina, Minnesota with her husband.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, visiting with friends, and spending time at the family cabin.


Areas of Expertise

Financial Management Planning

  • Strategic Long-Term Financial Planning
  • Utility Rate Studies
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Development Fee Analyses

Economic Development & Redevelopment

  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • TIF District Creation & Amendment
  • TIF Revenue Projection
  • Developer Selection & Negotiations
  • Developer Pro-Forma Analysis / But-For-Test

Licenses & Certifications

Series 50 License: Municipal Advisor Representative

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Minnesota Government Financial Officers Association

Education

Bachelor of Science – Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Master of Business Administration – Coursework, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

Community Involvement

OneVillage Partners – Volunteer