Welcome to Barton Russell & Associates

Barton Russell & Associates helps companies, local governments and organizations design, build and launch winning projects, programs and services. It uses a time-tested collaboration process that brings together stakeholders, partners and well chosen "centers-of-influence" to produce win-win outcomes.

From Connecticut to California, from town halls to the White House, Barton Russell & Associates has achieved extraordinary results for clients, ranging from individual municipalities and local businesses to state and national organizations and Fortune 100 corporations. Our key practice areas include:

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About Barton Russell

Barton Russell has spent more than 36 years serving as the nation’s most prominent spokesman and advocate for America’s 34,000 small towns and their municipalities (18 years as the CEO of the National Association of Towns and President of its National Center for Small Communities, and 18 years heading-up the Council of Small Towns). President Ronald Reagan called Russell "the voice of small town America.”

Barton Russell & Associates provided Executive Director and headquarters services to the Council of Small Towns (COST) for 18 years. COST is a statewide municipal organization representing leaders from Connecticut’s suburban and rural communities. BR&A grew COST’s membership by more than 300% and turned a budget deficit into a quarter-million dollar fund balance. Passage of legislation creating the Small Town Economic Assistance Program, which has provided municipalities $250 million in community and economic development grants, is among many of BR&A’s most notable accomplishments.

Barton Russell & Associates was also selected to provide national headquarters services to the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) in 2000. NASFM comprises the most senior fire officials in the United States. State fire marshals' responsibilities vary from state to state. Many marshals have lead responsibility for fire safety code adoption and enforcement, fire and arson investigation, fire incident data reporting and analysis, public education and advising Governors and state legislatures on fire protection. Some state fire marshals are responsible for fire fighter training, hazardous materials incident responses, wildland fires and the regulation of natural gas and other pipelines.

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