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

Fast Fact

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 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 2.2 million Florida jobs with customers in 225 countries and territories buying Florida-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $65.5 billion in goods exports (2012) and $31.2 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The U.S. Embassy in Haiti hosted the first-ever trade delegation from Miami-Dade County. Organizers reported that the trade mission resulted in $1.5 million in new exports. (S/HSC) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted APR Energy, headquartered in Florida, 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 Destilaria C & J, a Brazilian company’s $7 million investment in Florida which created 60 new jobs. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Miami Passport Agency employs 79 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Florida hosted 12,937 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»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $42 million to the Florida economy with manufacturing opportunities that provided jobs and produced products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, three partnership plans with Florida organizations were created with the following countries: 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 Department sponsored La Idea Business Competition. Diseclar, Efficient Systems, and Partnetting are all companies founded by partners from Florida and Colombia and were among sixteen La Idea Business Competition finalists. 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. (Click here to learn about the semifinalists: All Digital Media; Eurocomer S.A.; Innovatig S.A.S.; New Matters Chemical; Paper Workshop; Red de Empresarias Latinas; Venturist) (WHA/GPI) More»

    • The Department of State held a career event in Miami, Florida to recruit Americans for jobs at the International Atomic Energy Agency. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Michael Thurston – Northern Florida; Edward Loo – 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»

    • 346 exchange visitors from overseas visited Florida and 1,437 Florida residents travelled overseas, including 100 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 2,039 Florida citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 33 Florida families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s 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 studied at several educational institutions in Florida 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»

    • Seven colleges and universities from Florida 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. The following schools participated: Broward College; Florida Atlantic University; Florida International University; Miami Dade College; Nova Southeastern University; University of Florida; Valencia College. (IIP) More»

    • Florida International University was chosen as one of the first partners for “Diplomacy Lab, a pilot Department of State program that gives teams of students with a faculty lead the opportunity to conduct research and innovation projects that have real-world applications for the Department’s diplomatic work. FIU students have analyzed levels and causes of prison violence in key countries, and are investigating the state of student mobility between the United States and Mexico. (S/SACSED – Read more about “Diplomacy Lab”) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • Florida welcomed 3,613 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»

    • 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 founded in 2006 with the Caribbean Regional Security System, founded in 2003 with Guyana, and founded in 1998 with Venezuela. (PM) More»

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

    • The U.S. Embassy in Madrid coordinated with the U.S. Commercial Service to enhance Florida’s tourism efforts during the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon. (EUR) More»

    • Under the U.S. 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»

    • The Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions 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)

  • Travel and Security

    • 800,925 passports were issued to Florida residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Florida, the Miami Passport Agency. The Department also receives passport applications through 260 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Florida. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 400 overseas adoptions for Florida 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»

    • Florida welcomed over 6.5 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 22.1% of the U.S. market share.* (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»

*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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