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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Kansas state seal © 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 American Council of Young Political Leaders alumni, a flagship Department of State international exchange program. 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.

Kansas

  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 370,000 Kansas jobs with customers in 197 countries and territories buying Kansas-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $12.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $3.7 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Bombardier, a Canadian company’s $100 million investment in Kansas which is expected to create 1000 new jobs, and facilitated Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd., a Chinese company’s $3.3 billion investment in AMC Entertainment based in Kansas which helped to support and preserve 18,500 existing jobs. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • Kansas hosted 1,872 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The U.S. Embassy in Lesotho helped American-owned Seaboard Corporation, headquartered in Kansas,form a joint venture with Lesotho Flour Mills. For more information on investing in Lesotho, visit http://maseru.usembassy.gov/doing-business-local.html. (AF) More»

    • The Department’s 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 your state. (HR)

  • Education

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

    • 77 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kansas and 117 Kansas residents travelled overseas, including 24 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 25 Kansas families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 124 Brazilian students studied at Emporia State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program 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»

    • Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas participated in the Department of State’s 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 numerous 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»

    • Kansas welcomed 474 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 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 founded in 2002 with Armenia. (PM) More»

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

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the City of Greensburg and the City of Mianzhu formed a partnership focused on economic revitalization. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • Through the Department-funded EcoPartnerships initiative, City of Wichita and the City of Wuxi partnered to exchange best practices on clean air and clean water on a municipal level. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Houston Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Kansas and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 86,007 passports were issued to Kansas residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 113 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Kansas. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 101 overseas adoptions for Kansas families 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»

    • Kansas welcomed over 119,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.4% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Kansas: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.

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