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
Jessica Cook

Jessica is an Economic Development Advisor with Ehlers’ Minnesota Municipal Finance team and also leads our Financial Specialist team for all regions. She works with communities on financial planning and development financing, with specialized expertise in utility rate studies. Under Jessica’s collaborative leadership, Ehlers’ specialists have completed over 50 utility rate studies and 70 long-term financial plans in the last five years alone. In addition, she advised on projects including the Southdale Mall redevelopment and the Target store in Inver Grove Heights, MN. One of Jessica’s strengths is her ability to communicate the policy implications of financing and rate setting options, leading communities to make sound financial decisions.


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

Notable Projects

Stormwater Analysis, City of St. Paul – developed financial plan for funding stacked green infrastructure for Allianz Field and Westside Flats redevelopment areas

Utility Rate Study, City of Chanhassen – complete annual rate study to establish user charges and development fees to finance new water treatment plant

Target, Inver Grove Heights – negotiated public assistance amount and structure for new Target store and outlot development