David Bergman

David E. Bergman, AICP, Principal

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Bergman has participated in a broad range of economic development and planning projects. In particular, he has worked intensively on issues surrounding the formation of urban and regional development strategies and the role of culture industries in economic development. With a strong background in public policy analysis, and the communication of economic development goals to community stakeholders, Mr. Bergman’s practice has centered around the following interrelated disciplines:

General Plan Economics

As a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Mr. Bergman is qualified to consult on a broad variety of land use planning topics related to community revitalization and the economic and fiscal impacts of development proposals. Recent examples include general plan economics and land use element studies in Pasadena and Santa Clarita, California. In addition, Mr. Bergman has worked collaboratively with leading land planning firms on specific plans and downtown revitalization plans in a broad variety of communities. Specialized work has included economic strategies for transit oriented development and structuring public private partnerships for infrastructure development.

Redevelopment and Community Facilities

Working with a broad variety of communities, David Bergman has developed implementation strategies for public improvements and investments for community revitalization. Within California he has provided services for some of the state’s leading redevelopment agencies including the Centre City Redevelopment Corporation in San Diego, The Santa Ana Redevelopment Agency and projects involving the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Other notable projects in this area include the completion of a $150 million convention center in Hampton Virginia and work for the Toronto Economic Development Corporation in Canada.

Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis

Notable economic impact studies that Mr. Bergman has undertaken include: an analysis of tidelands operations of the San Diego Unified Port District, an analysis of economic impacts of a new NBA arena in Brooklyn, New York, and a study of the impacts of operations of The J. Paul Getty Trust. Other assignments include the fiscal and economic impacts of a proposed new biomedical research center with a capital cost of over $500 million for the University of Southern California and a study of the fiscal impacts of the Galen Center arena on campus.

Culture, Heritage and Historic Preservation

Mr. Bergman has participated in a number of award winning economic development plans for historic sites. Key projects include a reuse plan for an historic Santa Fe rail depot in San Bernardino, California, and economic elements of a master plan for an historic rancho in Long Beach, California. In his practice he has also provided consulting services to government film commissions and private clients in motion picture production with an emphasis on sound stage feasibility and identifying the economic development potential of the industry in such key regions as Ontario, Hong Kong and a variety of U.S. states and cities.

In addition to this professional experience, Mr. Bergman has received academic recognition for his work. Presently he serves on the faculty of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), an internationally recognized independent architecture school, where he is a co-coordinator of post graduate education. He has also held appointments and served as a lecturer at a number of prestigious universities in the US and internationally.