Starting Sunday, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia will hold its 30th Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators. Originally formed in 1927 as the Institute for Public Affairs, it underwent several name changes and was renamed for Georgia’s longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives (and seventh-longest ever) in 1983. When the Institute opened its doors during the Coolidge administration, Georgia was a largely agrarian state with a population right around 2 million. As the state evolved to a major destination for industry and business with a population of just under 10 million, the Institute evolved as well.
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