Towns and cities across the country seek development that promotes vibrant, people-oriented, mixed-use communities. The federal government, which owns significant tracts of land in prime areas for redevelopment, could be a key partner, but genuine collaboration between community leaders and federal officials is essential.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is the nation’s largest holder of commercial property, with more than 375 million square feet of space in 9,600 buildings housing more than a million federal employees. Virtually every American community has federal property, including some of the most valuable local real estate. Ignoring this reality will lead to missed opportunities.