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

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U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and former Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson are alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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.

Kansas

  • 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 the 3,322 Kansas exporters in 2013, 84% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Kansas exports totaled $12 billion. Those exports supported 70,889 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Bombardier, a Canadian company’s $100 million investment in Kansas. This is expected to create 1,000 new jobs. Additionally, China’s Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd. invested $3.3 billion in AMC Entertainment based in Kansas which helped support and preserve 18,500 existing 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»

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

    • American-owned, Kansas-based Seaboard Corporation joint venture with Lesotho Flour Mills. For more information on investing in Lesotho, click here. (AF) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $316,000 to the economy of Kansas through contracts and federal grants that directly support INL missions. (INL) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 26 Scholars, Students and Teachers (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Andrew): 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»

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

    • 254 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kansas and 136 Kansas residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 124 Brazilian students attended Emporia State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas 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 Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the University of Kansas through the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab research program. (INL) More»

    • Fort Hayes State University and the University of Kansas 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»

  • Partnerships

    • The University of Kansas is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. Learn more about Diplomacy Lab here. (S/GP)

    • The University of Kansas is a founding partner in the Veterans Innovation Fellowship, a partnership between the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the Mission Continues, USAID, OPIC, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several other universities. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Greensburg and the City of Mianzhu focused on economic revitalization. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here.

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Wichita and the City of Wuxi fosters the exchange of best practices on clean air and clean water on a municipal level. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • Kansas hosted 75 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 610. 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»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Kansas National Guard State Partnership Program with Armenia founded in 2003. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 96,394. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 113. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Kansas families in Fiscal Year 2014: 69. 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 Chicago Field Office serves Kansas: 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»

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