Mergers aren’t just for big banks and Fortune 500s. Two major planning firms have decided to merge. The Planning Center of Costa Mesa, CA and Design Community & Environment (DC&E) of Berkeley, CA have announced plans to merge. The Planning Center provides a range of services from community planning, environmental services and land planning and design. DC&E focuses on planning and design services with a special interest in urban design and smart growth.
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The merger will allow both firms to expand their footprint geographically. Both firms will keep their management teams in place. "We have been aware of the quality of DC&E's work and their reputation for some time," said Randy Jackson, president of The Planning Center, in a statement. "As we began conversations toward this merger, it quickly became apparent that our respective strengths would mesh together to provide a greater depth and wider breadth of services for our clients. We believe the merger positions the combined firm for a significant impact on the continuing growth and development of urban areas throughout the western United States."
The firms will provide the same core services; however the merger will allow the companies to offer more services to clients throughout California and the West Coast.
"We look forward to finding ways that bring the best of both firms to both new and existing clients," said David Early, founding principal of DC&E, in a statement. "Through our complementary services and shared focus on creating better communities, we hope to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout the United States."