Since 1927, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government has worked with public officials
throughout Georgia and around the world to improve governance and people's lives.
From Georgia's early days as a largely agrarian state with a modest population to
its modern-day status as a national and international force in business, industry
and politics with a population of 10 million, we have helped government leaders navigate
change and forge strong directions for a more prosperous Georgia.
Every day, more than 150 faculty and staff provide technical assistance, training
and technology solutions to Georgia's state and local governments as well as governments
around the world. To learn more about the Institute of Government and our work, view
our annual report.
As a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, we share in the university’s overarching public service mission of extending our
resources of professional knowledge and expertise to help communities improve their
quality of life. Fundamental to quality of life in Georgia and around the world is
effective, efficient, and responsive governance.
Our mission is to enhance the capacity of governments to serve citizens in Georgia
and around the world. By improving governance, every day we improve the lives of people
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government will be recognized nationally and internationally
for our outstanding programs that enhance the capacity of governments to serve people.
This vision entails an institute that:
is a leader in governance innovation
is focused and clear in its mission and excels in the programs that form its core
has a diverse and creative faculty and staff recognized worldwide for their contributions
to extending the boundaries of knowledge beyond the university to real world governance
demands of the 21st century
collaborates with strategic partners within the university, state, nation, and international
community to address complex governance challenges
effectively communicates its value to existing and new markets