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Joel Sutter, CIPMA
I love working with school districts of all types and sizes to understand their unique challenges and opportunities, and collaborating with them to design and implement customized solutions that will improve the services they provide.

Joel Sutter, CIPMA

Senior Municipal Advisor
Joel Sutter, CIPMA

Joel is a Senior Municipal Advisor on our education team serving school districts across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado. Prior to joining Ehlers more than 20 years ago, he was the Business Manager for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District for 9 years, as well as a research analyst for the MN Department of Education and Minnesota Senate. Joels clients rely on his expertise in structuring large and more complex education financing plans.

In his spare time, Joel enjoys reading, hiking, biking and spending time with his family, including two young grandsons.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Planning and Issuance

  • Alternative Financing Options
  • Property Tax Impact Analysis
  • Voter-Approved Building Bonds
  • Maximum Effort Capital Loans
  • Facilities Maintenance Bonds
  • Capital Facilities Bonds
  • Cash Flow Borrowing
  • Refundings
  • Lease Purchases and Certificates of Participation
  • Abatement Bonds

Bond Referendum Planning and Support

Operating Referendum Planning and Support
Capital Projects Levy Assistance
Truth in Taxation Hearing Presentations
TIF and Abatement Analysis
Assistance with Legislative Initiatives
Lease Levy Approval
Long-Term Financial Planning and Capital Improvement Planning
School Finance


Bachelor of Science – Economics (Magna Cum Laude), Carleton College
Master of Arts – Public Affairs, University of Minnesota – Hubert H. Humprhey Institute


Series 50 License
Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Minnesota Association of School Business Officials
Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Minnesota School Boards Association


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