Urban Development/ Good Neighbor Program
GSA facilities are located in more than 2,000 communities nationwide, from the smallest rural towns to the largest metropolitan cities. These include a wide range of federal workplaces, from courthouses and large multi-tenant office buildings to remote border stations and local IRS offices.
As a federal agency, GSA has the responsibility to meet these federal agency space in ways that also advance local community development goals. This responsibility derives from legal mandates, including federal laws and executive orders, as well as sound business practices. In short, when we meet federal space needs in ways that support community goals, we make more efficient use of scarce federal dollars and bring multiple returns to the federal government and the public.
The mission of the Urban Development/Good Neighbor Program is to provide GSA regional offices and their local stakeholders with the technical expertise they need to meet this responsibility around GSA projects and properties. Opportunities exist across the life cycle of GSA projects, from initial site selection and design of new buildings, to public space improvements and shared use at existing buildings.
In order to realize these opportunities in its work, GSA seeks to meet the following "good neighbor" principles:
- Locate new owned and leased Federal facilities in places that support local economic development and planning goals as well as Federal sustainability goals;
- Design new facilities to deliver attractive public spaces that integrate with their surroundings and support neighborhood urban design goals;
- Renovate and revisit existing Federal properties over time to improve Federal public spaces and facility function within the neighborhood;
- Manage Federal properties as a public resource by encouraging shared 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.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss how the above principles may relate to GSA projects or properties in your community.