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.


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.