Urban Development/ Good Neighbor Program
GSA facilities are located in more than 2,000 communities nationwide, from major metropolitan areas to small rural communities. As a federal agency, GSA has the responsibility to leverage its federal real estate actions in ways that support community development goals, while also meeting client agency needs, wherever possible. This responsibility derives from legal mandate, including federal law and executive orders, as well as sound business practices.
The core mission of the Urban Development/Good Neighbor Program is to provide GSA regional offices and their stakeholders with the technical, training, and outreach resources they need to implement good neighbor principles in the business practices of the Public Buildings Service. Those principles are:
- Locate new owned and leased Federal facilities in places that support local plans and Federal sustainability goals;
- Design new facilities to create outstanding Federal workplaces and attractive public spaces that integrate with their surroundings and support neighborhood urban design goals;
- Renovate and revisit existing Federal properties to improve their public spaces and encourage stakeholders to improve neighborhood conditions;
- Manage Federal properties to encourage public use and openness; and
- Participate in neighborhood physical and management improvement efforts around Federal projects and properties as an active civic partner in the community.
Outside the agency, the program develops positive long-term partnerships with national constituent organizations and serves as an initial point of contact for citizens who wish to discuss a federal project or issue with GSA.