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

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Learn about the Department’s role in the acquisition of Florida: Treaty of Adams-Onis (1819) and Transcontinental Treaty. 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 61,489 Florida exporters in 2013, 95% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Florida exports totaled $58.5 billion. Those exports supported 270,473 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • U.S. Embassy – Haiti hosted the first-ever trade delegation from Miami-Dade county, and organizers reported that the mission had resulted in $1.5 million in new exports. (S/HSC) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted Florida-based APR Energy with the signing of a 40MW cross-border contract with the government of Mali to address expected power shortages in the country. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Brazilian company Destilaria C&J a $7 million investment in Florida which created 60 new jobs. SelectUSA is a President Obama initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • Florida hosted 12,590 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 $42 million to the Florida economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $44,000 to Florida-based vendors for procurement of goods and services (DS) More»

    • Three partnership plans were created under the Florida-based Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Canada, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. (WHA) More»

    • Natural Sins, a company founded by partners from Florida and Costa Rica, won the grand prize in the La Idea Business Competition. Diseclar, Efficient Systems, and Partnetting, founded by partners from Florida and Colombia, were among sixteen finalists in the 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 grow their businesses. (WHA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarships Awards: 121 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Florida (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Michael Thurston - Northern Florida and Catherine Rodriguez - Southern Florida): 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»

    • 768 exchange visitors from overseas visited Florida and 380 Florida residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted more than 200 journalists from around the world to learn about the Florida Primary in 2012, the Republican National Convention and HIV/AIDS. (PA) 

    • The Department provided grant funding to Miami Dade College to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi. The program helps raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • 261 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Florida 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. Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Nova Southeastern University, University of Florida, and Valencia College participated in the Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Florida hosted 188 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 3,613. 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»

    • Foreign Ambassadors visit Florida as part of the Department’s “Experience America” partnership program. (S/CPR) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Florida National Guard State Partnership Program with the U.S. Virgin Islands founded in 2006. (PM) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs continues to partner with police departments around the country, including the Miami-Dade Police Department, North Miami Police Department and the Broward Sheriff’s Office for police training and programs with foreign police partners. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with Scientia Global, which is based in Melbourne, Fla., to produce radio equipment and provide training to Lebanese personnel. (INL) More»

    • Under the Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Isis Carbajal, deputy counsel for Florida International University, travelled to Ecuador as part of the 100,000 Strong U.S. Educational Exchange Program. In support of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, Carbajal conducted workshops for university leaders throughout Ecuador on how to initiate and develop relationships and legal agreements with U.S. universities for a variety of exchange and cooperation programs such as exchanges for students or faculty, research collaborations, and English-language training for teachers. (IIP)  More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 800,925 (CA) More»

    • The Miami Passport Agency comprises 46 government employees and 33 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 260 (CA) More»

    • 400 Florida 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 Miami Field Office: 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) More»


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