Florida Institute of Government (FIOG)


What We Do

We provide training and technical assistance to code enforcement officers, city clerks, elected and appointed local and state governmental officials, volunteers and the general public. We partner with university professionals of varied disciplines with organizational leaders charged with solving specific local issues to identify, evaluate and implement effective solutions.

Our mission is to increase the effectiveness and quality of government in Florida through applied research, training, technical assistance programs and public service.

As part of a regional structure for enhanced relationships, we serve government and non-profit entities within a 9- county region including Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.

  • We serve the State of Florida through a regional structure for enhanced relationships as well as various statewide programs.
  • We offer high-quality, affordable programs and services tailored to the specific needs of each government community's service area.
  • We encourage affiliates to work closely with their local constituent groups to plan and implement a unique selection of programs within their region.
  • We also offer internships and assistantships to students who are interested in public service careers and co-sponsors academic scholarships with various local government associations.


The Florida Institute of Government (FIOG) was created by the Florida Legislature in 1980 and subsequently designated as a Type I Institute by the Florida Board of Regents. The institute was later named in honor of John Scott Dailey, its founding executive director.

The Institute fulfills its statewide mission through a consortium of six (6) affiliate program offices located at the Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida Gulf Coast University. The Executive Office of the institute serves as the administrative unit of the program and is located at the Florida State University.

Since 1995, the institute has conducted approximately 24,793 workshops and conferences statewide in Florida—an average of 2,749 per year. Approximately 580,685 participants, a large majority of whom represent officials and employees from local government in Florida, have attended programs resulting in over 2.6 million professional contact hours. The institute has also conducted an estimated 1,190 technical assistance and applied research projects, an average of 119 annually.

Florida Institute of Government