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

Fast Fact

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer and former U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil are alumni of a flagship Department international exchange program, the American Council of Young Political Leaders; U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes was a Fulbright student.

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 750,000 Maryland jobs with customers in 209 countries and territories buying Maryland-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $11.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $9.2 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • U.S. Embassy Bangladesh assisted Maryland company Ellicott Dredges with supplying 2 dredgers to the Bangladesh Water Development Board at the cost of $22.59 million. (SCA) More»

    • U.S. Embassy Bangladesh assisted Maryland company Space Partners International in signing a $10 million consultancy deal with the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to design and launch the first-ever satellite. (SCA) More»

    • The Department’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs and the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs assisted Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s trade mission to India resulting in the announcement of $60 million in business deals. (S/SRGIA/SCA) More»

    • Maryland hosted 11,081 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part Department of State of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $2 million to the economy of Maryland by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, three partnership plans with Maryland organizations were created with the following countries: Belize, Brazil, and Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • AndesBeat, a company founded by partners from Maryland and Chile, and Ingenia Group, founded by partners from Maryland and Mexico, were among the sixty semi-finalists through the Department sponsored La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and expand their businesses. (WHA/GPI) More»

    • The Department of State has contracted with the University of Maryland to assist with the Department’s annual country reports on terrorism. (CT) More»

    • The URS Corporation received a $1,497,638 grant from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Terry Davidson): 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»

    • 283 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maryland and 830 Maryland residents travelled overseas, including 66 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,093 Maryland citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 23 Maryland families hosted U.S. Government funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange program between Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (North Brentwood) and the Museu Afro-Brasil (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – A Journey through the African Diaspora. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs hosted a delegation of 10 women police officers from Iraq for police training in the United States, working with police departments in Maryland and Michigan. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Maryland Department of Corrections to help improve prison training in Morocco. (INL) More»

    • 68 Brazilian students studied at Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University and University of Maryland College Park 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»

    • Maryland’s Mount St. Mary College 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»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to Johns Hopkins University - Stellenbosch University (South Africa) to form the Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a University of California at San Diego, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Wisconsin partnership to assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Maryland hosted 26 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Maryland welcomed 1,242 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 Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2003 with Bosnia and Herzegovina and founded in 1993 with Estonia. (PM) More»

    • The Department supported the joint U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor with the University of Maryland (UMD) and the University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Russia, to foster partnership between the two regions, with a focus on commercialization of biomedical technologies. (EUR) More»

    • The Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center hosted nearly 40 journalists for a visit to Baltimore, Maryland to learn about U.S. medical and humanitarian assistance as well as the culture of volunteering in America. (PA)

    • The Department awarded a grant of $750,000 to Maryland’s Global Communities to help strengthen and implement Honduras’s new anti-trafficking law, improve coordination of the country’s interagency anti-trafficking network, administer sub grants to build protection services, and create a national data collection system. (J/TIP) More»

    • Through its Corrections Partnership Program, the Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to develop and deliver training and technical assistance. (INL) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 266,424 passports were issued to Maryland residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 197 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Maryland. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 235 overseas adoptions for Maryland 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»

    • Maryland welcomed 298,000 international visitors in 2012 (a 11% decrease from 2011), comprising 1% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s D.C. Field Office serves Maryland: 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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