The vision for the Institute originated in the mid-2000s with the late Congressman C. W. Bill Young and then-St. Petersburg College President Carl M. Kuttler Jr. In recognition of Congressman Young’s leadership in Washington and Tallahassee as well as his commitment to educational and economic development initiatives, the Florida Legislature in 2007 and 2008 appropriated a one-time $7.5 million endowment to establish the government institute. Based at SPC, it is designated as an institute serving the entire Florida College System. It was envisioned as a way to offer a broad array of research, training, educational and policy analysis to support activities at the local, state, regional and national levels of government. The Institution came to fruition in 2010 under the former College President, Dr. Bill Law.