About Charlie

Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts I spent a lot of time visiting Newburyport while growing up.  Attracted by its proximity to the ocean, its spectacular historic structures and its vibrant cultural life, my family moved here in 1999.   We have not been disappointed.

My wife, Candace Mitchell, recently retired as a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is an artist and member of the Newburyport Art Association.  Our son, Darien, is a 2005 graduate of Newburyport High School and is currently teaching high school mathematics abroad.

An academic economist with a concentration in urban economics,  I have been teaching at Merrimack College since 1977.  While at Merrimack I helped write a grant proposal to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that resulted in Merrimack’s designation as a Community Outreach Partnership Center.  Under that designation, I worked with the communities of Lawrence and Methuen to assist them in economic revitalization.   I also wrote and received an Environmental Justice grant from the E.P.A. for work with Lawrence and Methuen.

I am particularly proud of the role I played in assisting the National Park Service in creating the first Groundwork Trust USA entity in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Groundwork Trust is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment.  There are currently twenty Groundwork Trusts located across the country.

I also wrote a successful grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration for flood mitigation along the Spicket River in Lawrence.  It was the first time FEMA used economic indicators to determine whether or not flood mitigation should be financed by the federal government.

Associate Professor of Economics
1977 – present
Merrimack College

Areas of Specialty:

• Urban and Regional Economics

• Environmental Economics

• History of Economic Analysis

Belleville Improvement Society, member

Georgetown University, BSFS

Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, MA Economics