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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Colorado state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Colorado state flag © Public Domain

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For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 680,000 Colorado jobs with customers in 210 countries and territories buying Colorado-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $8.8 billion in goods exports (2012) and $11.5 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs operates the Colorado Passport Agency which employs 35 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $4 million to the economy of Colorado by providing manufacturing opportunities that created jobs and yielded products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Colorado hosted 6,464 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Agronometrics, a company founded by partners from Colorado and Chile, won the best new venture award through the Department sponsored La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and expand their businesses. (WHA/GPI) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Anne Callaghan): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals, and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 240 exchange visitors from overseas visited Colorado and 787 Colorado residents travelled overseas, including 45 Scholars, Students, and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 881 Colorado citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 57 Colorado families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The State of Colorado partnered with the Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in multiple law enforcement training and education opportunities, focusing on prison training and management. The Colorado Department of Corrections joined INL in an agreement to establish the International Correctional Management Training Center, and Colorado Department of Corrections provided training. INL sent 15 corrections officials to Cannon City for training in prison industries. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center organized a 10-day tour for 25 journalists from countries including Libya, Egypt, and Zimbabwe that showcased the 2012 election’s first U.S. presidential debate at the University of Denver. This highlighted the U.S. democratic process for media and news consumers from countries in political transition. (PA) More»

    • 140 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Colorado through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The University of Colorado-Denver participated in the Department of State’s 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

    • The Department Awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a Stanford University, the University of Colorado-Denver, and Howard University partnership to establish the Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) program at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a Stanford University and University of Colorado-Denver partnership with the University of Zimbabwe for a Cerebrovascular, Heart failure, Rheumatic heart disease Interventions (CHRIS) program. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Colorado welcomed 1,789 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Colorado National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2004 with Jordan and founded in 1993 with Slovenia. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs sponsored a delegation of 23 senior Lebanese officials to tour state and federal prison systems in Colorado. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Denver Police Department and deployed the Denver Forensics Laboratory Director to Costa Rica to participate in a training exercise on DNA evidence and exchange best practices. (INL) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Raven Ridge Resources (Grand Junction) and the Chinese Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection partnered to unlock the Chinese market for draining and utilizing coal mine methane, which can prevent the release of a powerful greenhouse gas, improve mine safety and provide an energy source. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the City of Denver with Ford Motor Company and City of Chongqing with Chang’an Motors formed a partnership focused on implementation of electric and hybrid vehicles. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Colorado State University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • The Houston Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Colorado and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 230,116 passports were issued to Colorado residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one facility in Colorado, the Colorado Passport Agency. The Department receives applications through 137 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Colorado. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 275 overseas adoptions for Colorado families in 2012.The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Colorado welcomed 446,000 international visitors in 2012 (a 0% increase from 2011), comprising 1.5% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Office serves Colorado: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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