Learn. Serve. Lead.

The Four Pillars of the Institute for County Government

The mission of the Florida Counties Foundation, through information, education, training and other resources, is the following:

  • To enhance the leadership skills of elected and appointed county officials;
  • To facilitate innovative thinking and action by those leaders;
  • To enable counties to prosper as communities in the 21st century;
  • To prepare, promote, publish and distribute educational materials;
  • To conduct educational forums, discussions, lectures and seminars;
  • To conduct education research and establish an educational database for elected and appointed local government officials and interested members of the public; and,
  • To provide expert advice and technical assistance.

The purposes of the Foundation are as follows:

  • To assist elected and appointed county officials to develop the leadership skills required for the 21st century.
  • To provide educational forums where the intellectual resources within and external to county government come together to address critical policy concerns, and to develop new structures and strategies to solve today's and tomorrow's problems.
  • To provide training and technical support, as counties, in collaboration with their customers, redefine their roles, service priorities and methods of funding those priorities.
  • To provide a mechanism for the development of new public/private partnerships and networks to address Florida's critical issues.
  • To improve Florida counties' technical, human and information management systems to better serve their customers, the public.