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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Michigan state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Michigan 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 1.1 million Michigan jobs with customers in 207 countries and territories buying Michigan-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $57.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $11.1 in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s National Passport Information Center in Lansing provides convenient “one- stop shopping” for general passport information, to check on the status of a pending passport application, or to make an appointment at any one of the 26 public passport agencies in the network. During the busy spring and summer travel season, NPIC employs more than 500 government and contract staff and is a significant area employer. (CA) More»

    • The Department’s Detroit Passport Agency employs 36 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a contract of $65.3 million awarded by the Colombian Ministry of National Defense to General Dynamics Land Systems of Michigan for 24 Light Armored Vehicles for the Colombian army. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated AGS Automotive, a Canadian company’s $21 million investment in Michigan which created or maintained 140 new 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»

    • Michigan hosted 7,699 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 more than $60,000 to the Michigan economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding in products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center hosted 24 journalists on a tour highlighting the Detroit auto industry and opportunities and challenges in the Michigan economy. (PA) More»

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

    • Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, a company founded by partners from Michigan and Peru, and SIKA Mexican Arts, founded by partners from Michigan 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»

    • 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»

    • The Department sponsored several academic collaborations (nursing, transport logistics, general studies) between the University of Michigan and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 374 exchange visitors from overseas visited Michigan and 744 Michigan residents travelled overseas, including 94 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 109 Michigan families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security partnered with Michigan 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»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs offered the Western Michigan University $80,000 in grant funding to train graduate students abroad. (OES) More»

    • The University of Michigan received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for joint development of a master’s degree in education for health professions faculty with Maharashtra University of the Health Sciences, India. (SCA) More»

    • 294 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Michigan 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»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative grant to the University of Michigan to create the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative Training Program. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Michigan hosted 1 student from an allied and friendly nation for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Michigan welcomed 4,651 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 Michigan National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1993 with Latvia. (PM) More»

    • The Department supported the Michigan State University and the MSU Museum special exhibition "Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children's Letters, Global Lessons." (AF) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partnered with Michigan Tech Research Institute to provide expertise on glacier systems in Chile, derived to improve understanding of the contribution of glaciers to available water resources. (OES) More»

    • The Department awarded a grant of $300,000 to the University of Michigan Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic to increase legal representation for trafficking victims in Mexico. (J/TIP) More»

    • The Chicago Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Michigan 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

    • 286,630 passports were issued to Michigan residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Michigan, the Detroit Passport Agency. The Department also receives applications through  375 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Michigan. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 272 overseas adoptions for Michigan 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»

    • Michigan welcomed over 290,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Michigan and has a Resident Office in Detroit: 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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