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

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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.


  • 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 500,000 Kentucky jobs with customers in 201 countries and territories buying Kentucky-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $23.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $4.1 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Kentucky business Fruit of the Loom was presented with the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), an annual award that 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 here) More»

    • The Department’s Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg is a significant area employer with 280 employees. (CA) More»

    • Kentucky hosted 1,790 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 Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $18,500 to Kentucky’s economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding in products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Michelle Jones): 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»

    • Western Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University hosted Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from Nairobi through the Department’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA). 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»

    • 87 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kentucky and 341 Kentucky residents travelled overseas, including 32 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 676 Kentucky citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 17 Kentucky families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) awarded 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 from the Department to establish five partnerships in Pakistan in business administration. (SCA) More»

    • 90 Brazilian students studied at Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University 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»

  • Partnerships

    • Kentucky welcomed 1,603 refugees Arrivals. 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 Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions covers Kentucky 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) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1996 with Ecuador. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 86,987 passports were issued to Kentucky residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 104 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Kentucky. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 209 overseas adoptions for Kentucky 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»

    • Kentucky welcomed over 89,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.3% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Kentucky: 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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