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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 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 14,563 Georgia exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Georgia exports totaled $39.4 billion. Those exports supported 209,071 U.S. 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 Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Trade Mission to Turkey in 2012. 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 in Cartersville, Georgia the Metal Forming Division for Voestalpine, an Austrian steel-based technology and capital group company. 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»

    • 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 (Michael Thurston and Isiah Parnell): 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»

    • 383 exchange visitors from overseas visited Georgia and 306 Georgia residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 91 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Georgia 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 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 2013 International Virtual College Fair hosted by the Department of State 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. (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

    • In June 2015 the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) entered into a formal partnership with Atlanta Judicial Circuit's Office of the Public Defender to train and advise foreign justice sector personnel. The signing of the agreement with Atlanta Judicial Circuit Public Defender Vernon Pitts is the first-ever partnership between the US Department of State and a US Public Defender office. More»

    • 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 1995. (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 the opportunity 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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