Location is key for many government agencies.
Some organizations prefer close proximity to certain localities, while others choose more isolated areas.
Real estate was considered at an Economic Development Committee meeting on Monday.
Scott Anderson, regional administrator of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) National Capital Region gave a talk at the meeting, which the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted in Manassas.
Attendees learned more about GSA, an agency that builds and maintains government buildings, according to its website.
“We’re really here to balance the cost solution for what we need to do for the federal government and what the agency needs to carry out their missions,” Anderson said.
GSA has about 12,000 employees nationwide. It owns and leases about 370 million square feet of real estate.
Getting the best value for taxpayers is a priority for the organization.
“We also try to find locations where folks can … thrive and want to work and want to live,” Anderson said. “So, that’s the other part of this equation.”
Anderson answered questions about a range of topics, including leasing and the impact of transportation.
Some larger buildings, one listener brought up, must be close to a metro station, which Prince William County doesn’t have.
The meeting attendee asked if GSA would consider the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) so the county could compete for those locations.
GSA, Anderson explained, has a waiver process.
“You’re not out of the running just because you’re not near a metro stop, but it really depends on the function of the agency,” Anderson said.
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