• MCP, University of Rhode Island, United States
  • BLA, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, United States
  • BS, Syracuse University, United States


Margaret (Peg) Barringer specializes in economic development and is a Founder and Partner at FinePoint Associates where she leads a small team of consultants. In addition to teaching at Tufts, Ms. Barringer has worked in 42 states and over 200 communities ranging from large urban centers to small rural areas and from very economically distressed neighborhoods to more affluent markets. She has consulted on business district revitalization, microenterprise and small business development programs, commercial real estate ventures, and creative economy initiatives in addition to an array of customized research and economic impact projects. Ms. Barringer frequently conducts market, financial and feasibility analysis to design successful projects, guide strategic investment or evaluate impacts of economic development ventures for clients such as government agencies, financial institutions, national non-profits, real estate developers, community-based organizations and social enterprises. Recent projects have included: a feasibility analysis for developing a community performing arts center in an abandoned bank property, a statewide business surevy, an economic development plan for several communities along a bikeway, a market analysis for a microenterprise loan program in a low-income community, and a best practices study of diversity subcontracting and employment practices in the construction industry.