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Q: What is the mission of CSG?
A: The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.




Q: Whom does CSG serve?
A: Founded in 1933, CSG serves the executive, judicial and legislative branches of state government through leadership education, research and information services.



Q: Where is CSG headquarters?
A: CSG's national headquarters is in Lexington, Ky. The address is 2760 Research Park Drive, P.O. Box 11910, Lexington, Ky 40578-1910. The phone number is (859) 244-8000 and the fax number is (859) 244-8001.



Q: Does CSG have any other offices?
A: Yes. The Council's unique structure features four regional offices that focus on the needs, special concerns and opportunities of the Eastern, Midwestern, Western and Southern states. In addition, the Council maintains an office in Washington, D.C, to monitor activities in the federal government and their impact on state issues and programs.



Q: Is CSG affiliated with any party?
A: No. CSG is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to foster excellence in state government.



Q: When was CSG created?
A: In the 1930s, Colorado Sen. Henry Toll devised a plan for a national association to serve state leaders and their institutions. CSG continues to provide state officials with the tools and strategies they need to implement effective policy and programs. The Council serves as a catalyst for state leadership, building new partnerships within government and among governing entities, promoting multi-state and regional cooperative ventures, and establishing vital links with the private sector and other civic leaders.



Q: How is CSG funded?
A: Entrepreneurial Efforts*: 29%
Grants: 28%
State Appropriations: 43%
*Entrepreneurial Efforts include:
Publication Sales, Conference Revenue,
CSG Associates, Contributions and
Investment Income.