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

Fast Fact

U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, Bill Huizenga and Gary Peters and former U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke are all alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 14,843 Michigan exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Michigan exports totaled $55.9 billion. Those exports supported 270,927 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The National Passport Information Center in Lansing provides convenient “one stop shopping” for general passport information. This includes checking on the status of a pending passport application or making an appointment at any one of the 25 public passport agencies in the network. During the busy spring and summer travel season, NPIC employs more than 500 people and is a significant area employer. (CA) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a contract of $65.3 million awarded by the Colombian Ministry of National Defence to General Dynamics Land Systems 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 a President Obama initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • Michigan hosted 7,574 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 more than $60,000 to the Michigan economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted 24 journalists on a tour to Detroit to learn about the auto industry and the economy of Michigan. (PA) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $97,000 to Michigan-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

    • Three partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Brazil, Canada, and Jamaica. (WHA) More»

    • Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, a company founded by partners from Michigan and Peru, and SIKA Mexican Arts, a company founded by partners from Michigan and Mexico, were among sixty semi-finalists in the 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 grow their businesses. (WHA/GP) More»

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

  • Education

    • 98 Scholars and Students from Michigan were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • 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»

    • Several academic collaborations - in 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»

    • 544 exchange visitors from overseas visited Michigan and 356 Michigan residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

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

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

    • 294 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Michigan through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of 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»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: University of Michigan partnership – 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»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 4,651. 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»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Michigan National Guard State Partnership Program with Latvia founded in 1993. (PM) More»

    • Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum helped civil rights leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrate his 90th birthday with a special exhibition "Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children's Letters, Global Lessons." (AF) More»

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

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

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 286,630 (CA) More»

    • The Detroit Passport Center, the National Passport Information Center employ 270 government and 13 contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 375 (CA) More»

    • 272 Michigan 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 Michigan: 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. More»


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