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

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David Dean Rusk, Secretary of State to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, was born in Cherokee County, Georgia. 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 1.2 million Georgia jobs with customers in 221 countries and territories buying Georgia-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $35.8 billion in goods exports (2012) and $18.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Flights between Atlanta and Beijing with an estimated impact of $400 million were made possible by an air transport agreement negotiated by the Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Voetalpine Metal Forming GmbH, an Austrian company’s, $62 million investment in Georgia that created 220 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/EUR) More»

    • The Department’s Atlanta Passport Agency employs 47 government and contract employees. (CA) More»

    • The Department’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs assisted with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Trade Mission to Turkey. In 2011, Georgia was the seventh-leading exporter to Turkey among U.S. states, with approximately$600 million exported.(S/SRGIA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed more than $54,000 to Georgia’s economy with manufacturing opportunities that provided jobs and produced products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Georgia hosted 4,435 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»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, three partnership plans with Georgia organizations were created with the following countries: Brazil and Canada. (WHA) More»

    • CinePapaya, a company founded by partners from Georgia and Peru, and Viva Greetings and, companies both founded by partners from Georgia and Mexico, were among the sixty semi-finalists 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»

    • The U.S. Department of State held a career event in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 (Mark Powell – Northern Georgia; Michael Thurston – Southern Georgia): 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»

    • 263 exchange visitors from overseas visited Georgia and 680 Georgia residents travelled overseas, including 63 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 36 Georgia families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • A $2 million grant was awarded to Southern Polytechnic University to establish a partnership with a university in Afghanistan on Geographic Information Systems and communication design. (SCA) More»

    • 91 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Georgia 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 Georgia received $200,000 in U.S. Department of State Export Control Cooperation funds to train strategic trade control foreign officials through the Center for International Trade and Security, Security and Strategic Trade Management Academy. (ISN) More»

    • Clayton State University and Middle Georgia State College 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 University of California at San Diego, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Wisconsin partnership to assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Georgia hosted 878 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Georgia welcomed 2,710 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 Georgia National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1994 with the country of Georgia. (PM) More»

    • As part of the Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ partnership program, the Atlanta Police Department deployed several officers to Timor Leste to assist in law enforcement curriculum development activities. (INL) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Coca-Cola and the Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy of Technology have partnered to research and develop a way to use agricultural waste to produce Coke’s plastic bottles. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

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

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

  • Travel and Security

    • 311,046 passports were issued to Georgia residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Georgia, the Atlanta Passport Agency.The Department also receives passport applications through 187 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Georgia. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 308 overseas adoptions for Georgia 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»

    • Georgia welcomed 744,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 2.5% of the U.S. market share. (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Miami Field Office serves Georgia and has a Resident Office in Atlanta: 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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