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 worldwide.
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 mission
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