About Us

The mission of the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government is to enhance the capacity of Florida governments to effectively serve their communities through education and training, technical assistance and applied research, and public service. The Institute adheres to a set of core values including Commitment, Integrity, Quality, Learning and Balance.

The Institute was created by the Florida Legislature in 1981. We fulfill our statewide mission through a consortium of six 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 is located at Florida State University.

Our Institute connects its 30+ years’ experience and university, public and private sector expertise to state and local government needs. Our staff has decades of experience in developing and implementing training and research programs, services, and managing grant- and contract-funded projects for federal, state, and local governments, non-profit organizations, and public-private partnerships. We serve state, municipal, county, special district, and school district officials and employees, and governmental organizations and their members including the Florida League of Cities, the Florida Association of Counties, the Florida City County Management Association, the Florida Commission on Ethics, the Office of the Attorney General, the Florida Association of Court Clerks, the Florida Association of Municipal Clerks, and the Florida Association of Code Enforcement, among others. We have also provided professional research and technical assistance services for the Florida Legislature, the Governor’s Office and Cabinet, and blue ribbon commissions established for the study and analysis of state and local public policy issues.