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About Barton Russell & Associates

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.

In 1976 Barton Russell was selected through a nationwide search to be the founding Executive Director of the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT), a nonprofit organization representing more than 12,000 municipalities nationwide. With over more than $1 million in support from the United Parcel Service Foundation, Bart led efforts to establish the National Center for Small Communities (NCSC), the education arm of NATaT. In addition to the UPS grants, NCSC operations and programs received substantial support from sources such as the W.K. Kellogg and Ford Foundations, Aetna, Amoco, America Online, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and several other Fortune 100 firms. Bart also conceived of and created the $1 million American Hometown Leadership Award program, and the Center’s National Corporate Leadership Council, a formal group of senior business executives who counseled the Association on the development of new and unique public-private partnerships. He served as President of the National Center for Small Communities from 1985 until 1994.

In addition to serving as an advisor to the Ford and Kellogg Foundations, Barton Russell has been retained for other paid and pro bono consulting assignments in the public sector and nonprofit organization arenas. Clients have included school districts, Department of Public Health, the national Institute for Community Research, and the Connecticut Manufactured Housing Association, among others.

Bart received a B.S. in Consumer Economics from the University of Connecticut, where he served as President of the Student Government. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Government Relations at the University of California San Diego by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served as a founding member of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Community Health Charities of New England.

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With Connecticut Governor Malloy


Barton Russell Leads Discussions With the
President at the White House
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
Introducing America Online Founder Steve Case Governor, Lt. Governor, Other State and Local
Leaders Honor Barton Russell