Ed Saltzberg

ED Saltzberg

Director of Professional Education

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Saltzberg has been the citizen Chairman of the Falls Church, Virginia Industrial Development Authority (IDA) since 1986 and the Chairman of its Economic Development Authority (EDA) since 2000. As EDA Chair, he has been responsible for a $500,000 professional staff budget with line management responsibility for the work of three full-time economic development professionals. During his EDA tenure this two square mile City near Washington, DC has attracted $300 million in new mixed-used redevelopment projects on previously vacant and underutilized property netting over $3 million in new net annual tax revenues. Several more projects in the proposal or site plan approval stages have projected net revenue impacts of $6 million or nearly 20% of the City’s total annual budget. Moreover, Falls Church has the lowest commercial vacancy rate in the Northern Virginia area due in large part to the efforts of the EDA professional staff.
Dr. Saltzberg has been directly responsible for the design and implementation of City economic development processes to improve the climate for revitalization and speed agreement among City boards and commissions responsible for site plan, architectural, zoning change, affordable housing, environmental and flood plain, and special exception approvals. He has led public outreach and consensus building efforts to forge public/private partnerships with the development community and local business in order to ease the impact of redevelopment on existing businesses. He initiated a city-wide economic development educational program that elevated the level of citizen and government officials understanding of the market potential of target sites. Included were policy dialogues with national developers and infrastructure experts focused on market assessments for the sites and stakeholder perceptions.


Dr. Saltzberg is Director of Professional Education at GW’s Environment and Energy Management Institute. Ed has been a partner, director and major stock holder in two professional services firms nurtured then sold to public companies (one to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and the other to SRA International) as well as a senior manager at Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s leading private science and technology company and was a corporate officer at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also is the founder and managing director of the Security and Sustainability Forum, a public interest educational organization with a large network of sustainability professionals in the higher education, environmental and energy, and nonprofit communities. 


Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 1977 (Concentration in resource economics)
M.A., Geology, Boston University, 1974
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1967