Texas state government is a big tenant. It needs space in whichto provide services, house administrative offices and storewarehouse supplies. Statewide, the state leases 11.2 million sf in1,219 leases in 321 cities for about $10 million a month. Thesquare footage breaks down to 10 million sf in office space,750,000 sf in warehouse and 427,000 sf classified as other. Thestate has leases totaling 3.9 million sf coming up in the next twoyears.

The changes are the result of a law passed by the Legislature torevamp the General Services Commission, the state agency that buysproducts and services for state agencies, which has been undersunset review. One change is that the agency is now the Texasbuilding and procurement commission.

The idea behind the leasing changes is to reduce costs, findbetter space and establish better relationships with propertyowners. "We're looking for a better way to do what we've been doingat less cost to the state," Randy Riley, the agency's executivedirector, told the brokers Tuesday.

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