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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 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»

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Atlanta-based Coca-Cola and the Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy of Technology researched and developed a way to use agricultural waste to produce plastic bottles. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • 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 Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $246,000 to Georgia’s economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Georgia hosted 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»

    • One high school student from Georgia participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)

    • 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»

    • Emory University, UC San Diego, 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»

    • The Department of State partners with Atlanta-based Cooperative for Assistance Relief Everywhere (CARE) in expanding the reach of Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) members. The program reaches from the capital cities of Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda to remote villages, and works to accomplish the objectives of the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). (OES)

    • The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta was one of twelve hosts for the 2nd annual Fishackathon, which took place in June 2015. Fishackathon is a public-private partnership launched by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) to use technology to create innovative solutions for the sustainable management of fisheries and the protection of our oceans. The annual Fishackathon event calls on coders from all around the world to come together for a weekend of work to create new applications, tools, and prototypes that will be deployed on multiple platforms to help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing. The grand prize winning team for the 2015 Fishackathon was from the Atlanta event; two team members from Team KnowFish attended the Our Ocean conference in Chile in October 2015. Learn more about Fishackathon here. (S/GP)

    • An event was held in Smyrna during the annual Global Diaspora Week celebration, organized by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. GDW is a week-long celebration of diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. The week of events is organized through the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) partnership and fueled by diaspora organizations all over the world that are shining a spotlight on diaspora communities, their achievements, and the issues that are important to them. GDW 2015 boasted over 90 events worldwide; learn more here. (S/GP)

    • The Coca Cola Company (headquartered in Atlanta) and U.K.-based Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) were recognized for their partnership on “Madagascar: Implementing Improved Water and Sanitation Services.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 2nd annual P3 Impact Award. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2014 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways, seeking to highlight best practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. More information on the P3 Impact Award can be found here and the five 2015 finalists here. (S/GP)

    • In October 2013, the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships held the first-ever mWhat event and competition at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series – North America conference in Atlanta. mWhat is an idea marketplace and pitch competition that aims to inspire new ways to address the world’s challenges through mobile technologies. mWhat uses untapped avenues in mobile to reach various industries and tackle global challenges with the use of mobile technology innovation much like mFish, mEducation and mHealth. Learn more about mWhat here. (S/GP)

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

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 2,803. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (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»

    • 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 was the first-ever partnership between the U.S. Department of State and a U.S. Public Defender office. (INL) More»

    • As part of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ (INL) partnership program, the Atlanta Police Department deployed several officers to El Salvador to provide hate crimes training to 35 officers from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago at the International Law Enforcement Academy in San Salvador. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia to host a high-level delegation of Lebanese officials. (INL) More»
    • 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 in Fiscal Year 2015: 348,086 (CA) More»

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

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

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Georgia families in Fiscal Year 2014: 226. The Office of Children's Issues 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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