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

Fast Fact

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.


  • 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. Georgia exported $37.5 billion in merchandise to all over the world. 14,869 Georgia companies exported, 89% of those companies being small-medium enterprises. Those exports supported 201,591 Georgia jobs. (EB) More»

    • Flights between Atlanta and Beijing with an estimated impact of $400 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Bureaus of Economic and Business Affairs and East Asian and Pacific Affairs. (EB/EAP) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated a $62 million investment in Georgia by Voetalpine Metal Forming GmbH, an Austrian company which created 220 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»

    • The 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 United States Embassy in Austria coordinated with SelectUSA to establish the Metal Forming Division for Voestalpine, an Austrian steel-based technology and capital group company in Cartersville, Georgia. The deal, worth $50 million, will provide jobs for 220 people. (EUR) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed more than $54,000 to Georgia’s economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported our missions in Central America. (INL) More»

    • Georgia hosted 4,172 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Three partnership plans were created under the Georgia-based Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with the following countries: Brazil and Canada. (WHA) More»

    • CinePapaya, a company founded by partners from Georgia and Peru, and Viva Greetings and, companies founded by partners from Georgia and Mexico, were each one of sixty semi-finalists through 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/GP) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State invested $17,320 in a career event in Atlanta, Georgia, to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 67 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Georgia (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Mark Powell - Northern Georgia and Michael Thurston - Southern Georgia): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 383 exchange visitors from overseas visited Georgia and 306 Georgia residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (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. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector that 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»

    • The Clayton State University and Middle Georgia State College participated in the Department of State hosted 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 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

    • UC San Diego, Emory, Johns Hopkins and University of Wisconsin assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) supports foreign institutions in Sub-Saharan African countries that receive support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • Refugee Arrivals: 2,710. 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»

    • Fulton County, Georgia and the State of Bahia, Brazil entered a partnership to promote initiatives involving public health; youth development and education; arts and culture; economic development and tourism, and promotion of justice, citizenship and human rights. (S/SRGIA) More»

    • The Department facilitates the Georgia National Guard State Partnership Program with Georgia founded in 1994. (PM) More»

    • As part of the 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»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Coca-Cola and the Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy of Technology to research and develop a way to use agricultural waste to produce Coca-Cola’s plastic bottles. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • The 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 to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 311,046 (CA) More»

    • The Atlanta Passport Agency comprises 26 government employees and 21 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 187 (CA) More»

    • 308 Georgian 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 serves Georgia: 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: Atlanta Investigative Field OfficeMore»


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