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GSA facilities are located in more than 2,000 communities nationwide, from the smallest rural towns to the largest metropolitan areas. 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 requirements 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 Good Neighbor Program is managed by GSA’s Center for Community Planning + Design. The Center’s mission 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.
The Center supports GSA in upholding several long-standing laws and executive orders that call for collaborative planning between the federal government and local stakeholders. Among the directives that guide Program activities:
Beyond these directives, the Center asserts that effective collaboration with local stakeholders is vital to deliver the highest quality workplaces for GSA’s client agencies and best value to the public.