Philip Cosson
My work enables me to connect with people from all walks of life and help them achieve our mutual goal of strengthening communities.

Philip Cosson

Senior Municipal Advisor
Philip Cosson

Phil is a Senior Municipal Advisor who has been in Ehlers’ Wisconsin office since 1996. He guides local governments and public agencies in creating financial solutions that support the growth and maintenance of vibrant and sustainable communities. Prior to joining Ehlers, he worked with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the City of Ocala, Florida. Phil is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with clients and collaborating to create meaningful change.

Phil lives in Sussex with his wife Lisa and has two adult children. When he’s not working, he enjoys golf, travel and attending sporting events.

Areas of Expertise

Debt Issuance & Management

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

Economic Development & Redevelopment

  • Tax Increment District Creation & Amendment
  • CDA / RDA Creation
  • Developer Pro Forma Analysis
  • Development Agreement Negotiation
  • Developer Performance Evaluation
  • Redevelopment Plan Creation
  • Public Participation Process

Financial Management Planning

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

Licenses & Certifications

Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor
Series 50 License: Municipal Advisor Representative
Economic Development Finance Professional

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

WI City/County Management Association
Wisconsin Economic Development Authority
Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association
WI Clerks, Treasurers Finance Officers Association
Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin
WI Municipal Clerks Association
National Government Finance Officers Association
National Association of Independent Financial Advisors


Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Master’s Degree in City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology