Charlie Bartsch to be Honored 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic and Community Development
IEDC will be honoring the hugely important and impactful work of Charlie Bartsch during its upcoming Federal Forum in Washington D.C.
For more than 30 years, Charles Bartsch dedicated his work to economic development, redevelopment and reuse strategies, and financing. An immensely influential figure throughout his life, Charlie was an advocate and leader in federal brownfield policy since its genesis in the 1980s, and became known as “Mr. Brownfield.” An authority on the subject, Charlie briefed thousands of lawmakers and local leaders over the years, providing technical assistance support in more than 200 communities across the country. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is particularly proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic and Community Development to Charlie, as he was a former employee of the Council for Urban Economic Development, now IEDC.
In his last position at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Charlie served as Senior Advisor for Economic Development, leading the charge on a wide variety of development and environmental initiatives. He worked tirelessly to promote inter-agency and public-private financing partnerships that catalyzed land revitalization and site reuse across the country. As part of the Obama Administration’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities initiative, Charlie led the development of EPA’s manufacturing revitalization strategy. He also worked closely with the EPA-Department of Transportation-Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Partnership for Sustainable Communities; served on the EPA’s green infrastructure task force and Hurricane Sandy recovery team; and advised the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization on area-wide planning and automobile community revitalization financing strategies. Charlie was also instrumental in leading the EPA’s involvement in the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities/Strong Communities and Promise Zone recovery initiatives.
Prior to joining the EPA in 2010, Charlie was Senior Fellow at ICF International, a global consulting services company, where he served as the brownfields and smart growth policy expert. He also served as Director of Brownfield Studies at the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C., a Capitol Hill research, education, and policy organization serving the 18 Northeast and Midwest states. Charlie first came to Washington as part of Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Internship Program, working on the nation’s first urban policy statement while at HUD and was instrumental in urban public policy through seven presidential administrations
Charlie’s dedication to economic development policy extended far beyond his official positions. He was chair of both the National Brownfield Association’s Advisory Board and GroundworkUSA, and also served on the editorial board for the Bureau of National Affairs. He penned numerous reports, papers, and publications on brownfield opportunities and many other works that serve as references for economic development professionals across the country.
A testament to his unending commitment and expertise in his field, Charlie received a Brownfield Leadership award by the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals for Lifetime Achievement in 2013. Lauded by his colleagues as a natural and passionate teacher, mentor, and wordsmith, Charlie was always willing to share his immense knowledge with his fellow professionals. His work was among the most impactful in the industry and will be celebrated for years to come. For these reasons, the International Economic Development Council is truly honored to posthumously present the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic and Community Development to our colleague, mentor, and friend, Charlie Bartsch.
IEDC will also by honoring Caroll Thomas of NIST at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Attend the 2018 FED Forum | March 26, 2018 12:30 – 2:30 pm | The Washington Court Hotel | 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW | Washington, D.C.
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