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

Fast Fact

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers and Brett Guthrie, and former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler are all alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program, 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.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • Kentucky business Fruit of the Loom was presented with the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence. This annual award recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles worldwide as good corporate citizens in supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency and other democratic values. (EB – read more about ACE hereMore»

    • The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg employs 280 people and is a significant area employer. (CA) More»

    • Kentucky hosted 1,662 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $18,500 to Kentucky’s economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»\

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 47 Scholars and Students from Kentucky (ECA)  More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Michelle Jones): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Western Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University hosted Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) from Nairobi, Kenya. The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • 245 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kentucky and 186 Kentucky residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) offered the University of Kentucky more than $101,000 in grant funding to train graduate students abroad. (OES) More»

    • The University of Kentucky received a $2.7 million grant to establish five partnerships in Pakistan in business administration, and one partnership in Afghanistan in mining engineering for three years. (SCA) More»

    • 90 Brazilian students studied at Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector that 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»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 1,603. 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»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 86,987 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 104 (CA) More»

    • 209 Kentucky 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 Kentucky: 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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