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

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Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson grew up in Middletown, Connecticut, and played an important role in shaping U.S. policy during the early Cold War. More»

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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Of the 5,728 Connecticut exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Connecticut exports totaled $15.9 billion. Those exports supported 75,292 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $271 million between Transaero Airlines and Engine Alliance for the purchase of engines to power Airbus A380 aircraft, with final engine assembly conducted at Pratt & Whitney’s engine center in Middletown, Connecticut. (EB) More»

    • The Estonia-U.S. Embassy helps Connecticut-based Subway World Headquarters open franchise in Estonia. (EUR) More»

    • Connecticut hosted 4,368 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $20,000 to the economy of Connecticut by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported our mission in Pakistan. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $36,000 to Connecticut-based vendors for procurement of goods and services (DS) More»

    • Canberra Industries received $704,765 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 55 Scholars and Students from Connecticut (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Usha Pitts): 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»

    • Yale University hosted two Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from Nairobi. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • Academic partnership established between the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University and South Africa’s University of Free State Faculty of Theology’s Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa, which serves as a research, education and publication hub for the study of Edwards and evangelical history. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 331 exchange visitors from overseas visited Connecticut and 174 Connecticut residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted 15 journalists from 10 countries on a trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts to look at two of the most significant issues for voters and politicians in the 2012 elections: jobs and healthcare. (PA) More»

    • Fifteen Brazilian students studied at Fairfield University, Wesleyan University and Yale University through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of 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 Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. Central Connecticut State University, Post University, University of Bridgeport, and Western Connecticut State University participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Connecticut hosted 16 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 547. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 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»

    • $300,000 was invested into Connecticut’s Lawyers Without Borders to train and equip 160 Liberian law enforcement personnel, judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and attorneys with tools and techniques to effectively identify, investigate, and prosecute traffickers. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 175,025 (CA) More»

    • The Connecticut Passport Agency employs 28 government and 19 contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 145 (CA) More»

    • 90 Connecticut families participated in overseas adoptions. 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»

    • Diplomatic Security New York Field Office serves Connecticut: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: Bridgeport Investigative Field OfficeMore»


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