On Wednesday (April 29), the Federal Aviation Administration announced that its new facility will be built in the Des Moines Creek Business Park, which is under lease to Panattoni Development from the Port of Seattle. Some 1600 family wage jobs will be coming to Des Moines, and the FAA plans to open late summer 2017, according to a statement. Once the lease is signed it will allow the agency to consolidate its workforce in the Northwest Mountain Region in one facility to “better deliver their mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,” according to a letter sent to the city by Erika Mascorro of the U.S. General Services Administration. GSA has been working with FAA to reduce their real estate costs and increase their workplace efficiencies with this national initiative strategically integrating space, people, and technology solutions customized to different workplace needs. The letter of intent is the result of an open and competitive procurement. The intended awardee met all the requirements of the Request for Lease Proposals and providing the best overall value to the taxpayers. “If you were thinking about opening or expanding a business here, now’s the time to do it,” Mayor Dave Kaplan said on his Facebook page.]]>