Carlstrom was recognized as an outstanding individual whose long-time service has had a positive impact on the community where he serves. As City Manager for the City of Hazelwood since 1979, he has proven himself to be a successful Chief Executive and Administrative Officer with substantial expertise in general administration, economic development, intergovernmental relations, land-use planning, budgeting and infrastructure.
With the distinction of being the longest tenured City Manager in the state of Missouri, Carlstrom has proven to be a strong, effective leader in an active political environment. During his time with Hazelwood, the City’s population has grown from 12, 935 to 26,206. The area of Hazelwood has grown from 4.9 square miles to 16.1 square miles, a 300 percent increase.
“Ed Carlstrom has worked effectively with numerous council members in his 30 years of service and has always put the city and our residents first. He has shown himself to be a dedicated government official who has committed his life to exemplary service, and I believe that he is worthy of the NCI Public Service Award,” said Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood.
Community successes under Carlstrom’s leadership:
- Super Regional Mall – St. Louis Mills “Shoppertainment” concepted located in Hazelwood; $300 million dollar development, 5-year project; implementing TIF, TDD, CID, negotiating fire service, community policing; opened November 2003
- Hazelwood’s assessed valuation grew from 11th to 8th largest of 92 municipalities in St. Louis County in 2004. The City’s assessed valuation has grown from 60 million in 1979 to 600 million under Carlstrom’s 30 years of leadership
- Successfully passed 15 million dollar street bond issue in 2004 by 63 percent
- Retail corridor enhancement partnering with a neighboring community and securing a $2.8 million federal grant; construction started in Fall 2003
- Redeveloped 220 acres for advanced technology businesses; construction in 2004, utilizing Chapter 353
- Facilitated Enterprise Zone Designation by partnering with six other local governments; approved by state legislators in September 2003
- Developed multi-year Capital Improvement Plan which included building a new City Hall/Police Complex, new Civic Center, Fire Station, and maintenance facility for streets and parks
- Offered economic incentives for IBM to locate over $70 million dollar computer server farm in City utilizing Chapter 100
- Attracted new aerospace and biotechnology firms to Hazelwood
- Hazelwood has quadrupled in size during his tenure here. Currently the 7th largest community in St. Louis County
- Successful annexations and tax campaigns
- Carlstrom’s foresight and annexations over the years has enabled Hazelwood to maintain economic stability even after losing the Ford plant, and it continues in the current economic downturn.