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SACRAMENTO – The Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC) announced today that its membership has approved changing the name of the organization to the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California). The change will officially take effect on July 1, 2008. “United under a national name, ACEC California will have the backing of a larger power base to further influence positive statutory and legislative change in the state of California,” said Sen. George Runner. ACEC California Executive Director Paul Meyer added that by adopting the national name, ACEC California will gain prestige, power and name recognition.

“Incorporating the national backing and scope of the American Council of Engineering Companies into our organization’s name will have an instant impact on both our legislative efforts and our membership recruitment,” Meyer explained. “As our organization continues to grow here in California and across the nation, we need to adapt to local needs and still meet an increasing number of local, national and global challenges. ACEC’s primary job is to be the voice for private sector engineers and land surveyors in this state, and also around the country and the world.”

As the leading advocate in California for private sector engineering and land surveying firms, ACEC California actively initiates and takes positions on legislation, stimulates the ongoing discussion of important industry issues and encourages the development of public/private engineering solutions. Among the widespread slate of issues on which ACEC California will focus are infrastructure improvement, speedy project delivery and the creation of needed new housing. The organization is also widely known for its sponsorship of Prop. 35 in 2000 — a measure that provides private consulting engineering firms with greater access to public works contracts in California.