GW's Economic Contributions in D.C.

A Story of Commitment, Investment, and Partnership

GW works closely city government to promote community-based interests and cutting-edge ideas. GW is committed to partnering with the city to enrich quality of life and ensure that the District shares in its success.


The George Washington University and its medical enterprise, the Medical Faculty Associates, deliver not only substantial intellectual capital for Washington, D.C., but also enormous economic impact. From jobs and tax revenue generated to the investments and spending made by its entire community, GW creates value and improves quality of life throughout the District every single day.

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Learn more about the economic value of the George Washington University.

Economic Impact Report




Investing in the District

  • Developed Square 54 as a model for mixed-use, transit-oriented vibrant gathering space that generates nearly $12 million in annual DC Tax revenue.
  • In partnership with DC Public Schools, GW provided $12 million to modernize and expand the historic Grant School Building — home of the exceptional School Without Walls.

Sharing knowledge

  • For more than 35 years, the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics has been providing DC’s citizens with vital legal services. 
  • The Center for Excellence in Public Leadership develops public leaders who make a positive difference in their organizations.

Providing community service

  • Since First Lady Michelle Obama challenged the GW community to complete 100,000 hours of service in 2010, service at GW has evolved into one of its central traits: Last year, students, faculty and staff logged a record 654,708 hours in community service.
  • College Application Week—In support of the national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education, GW’s Admissions staff read applications and edited essays at Dunbar High School.