Charlie Bartsch

Visiting Senior Fellow, Revitalizing Older Cities Program

Mr. Bartsch has over thirty years’ experience in economic and community development program and policy analysis, with a focus on brownfield reuse, vacant properties and smart growth, public finance, housing and community development, tax policies and incentives, federal and state financial assistance initiatives, private development processes, and manufacturing modernization. He has written or co-authored over a hundred policy reports, articles, and books on these topics over the past two decades. In addition he has offered training and informational workshops in nearly three hundred communities in more than forty states, and testified before Congress numerous times on these issues. Mr. Bartsch is a recognized national authority on emerging public-private, state, and federal brownfield financing initiatives and inter-agency partnerships.

Mr. Bartsch was instrumental to the evolution of the brownfield issue from its inception in the early 1990’s, producing the first evaluation of the emerging brownfield market, developing the first case studies of brownfield reuse success, preparing the first “State of the States” analysis of state voluntary cleanup programs and brownfield financial incentives, and carrying out the first federal cross-agency analysis of programs applicable to brownfield situations. In addition, Mr. Bartsch worked closely with the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions to develop the original brownfield program legislative proposals, and played a key role in Congressional efforts to make brownfield activities CDBG-eligible.

Mr. Bartsch most recently served as Senior Advisor for Economic Development to the Assistant Administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Before joining the EPA, Mr. Bartsch was a Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Development at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, from 1985 until 2006.

Mr. Bartsch holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science and history, magna cum laude, from North Central College, and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy and Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago.