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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Minnesota state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Minnesota 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 750,000 Minnesota jobs with customers in numerous countries and territories buying Minnesota-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $23.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $9.4 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Flights between Minneapolis and Paris with an estimated impact of $200 million were made possible by an air transport agreement negotiated by the Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Minneapolis Passport Agency employs 30 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • The U.S. Embassy in Sweden supported an important trade visit to Sweden by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. (EUR) More»

    • Minnesota hosted 5,041 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 $2 million to the economy of Minnesota by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, three partnership plans with Minnesota organizations were created with the following countries: Brazil, Barbados, and Panama. (WHA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Ian Kelly): 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»

    • Through the Department-sponsored Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, the University of Minnesota hosted two mid-level professionals from Nairobi. The Humphrey Fellowship assists with enhancing the international orientation of U.S. campuses, and Fellows bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to share with students, faculty and U.S. communities at large. (AF) More»

    • The Department supported academic partnerships between the University of Minnesota and the University of Johannesburg (general education) and the University of the Free State (agriculture) 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»

    • 496 exchange visitors from overseas visited Minnesota and 1,096 Minnesota residents travelled overseas, including 80 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 77 Minnesota families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to develop an inclusion model for children with disabilities with the Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, India. (SCA) More»

    • 62 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Minnesota 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»

    • Minnesota’s Carleton University 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»

  • Partnerships

    • Minnesota received 2,214 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 Minnesota National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1996 with Croatia. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Minnesota-based Cargill and General Mills. (S/GFS) 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 between the Minnesota Historical Society (Saint Paul) and the Palestinian Heritage Museum – Design Diaries International. (ECA) More»

    • The Chicago Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Minnesota 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, and 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

    • 224,763 passports were issued to Minnesota residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Minnesota, the Minneapolis Passport Agency. The Department receives passport applications through 163 Passport Applications Acceptance Facilities in Minnesota. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 294 overseas adoptions for Minnesota 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»

    • Minnesota welcomed over 208,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.7% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

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