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

Fast Fact

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.


  • 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 1,985 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, visit (AF) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $55,000 to the economy of Kansas by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services 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»

    • 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

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

    • Refugee Arrivals: 474. 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»

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

    • The Kansas City Police Department hosted a delegation of Armenian police officers for a week-long visit to observe community policing. (INL) More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Greensburg and the City of Mianzhu focused on economic revitalization. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Wichita and the City of Wuxi to exchange best practices on clean air and clean water on a municipal level. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 86,007 (CA) More»

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

    • 101 Kansas families participated in overseas adoptions 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»

    • 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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