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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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Frank Billings Kellogg, a Minnesota resident, is a former Secretary of State. 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 8,579 Minnesota exporters in 2013, 87% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Minnesota exports totaled $21.4 billion. Those exports supported 128,863 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

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

    • The U.S. Embassy in Sweden supported the visit of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton during his 2013 trade mission. (EUR) More»

    • Minnesota hosted 4.666 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 contributed nearly $2 million to the economy of Minnesota by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $33,500 to Minnesota-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 Barbados, Brazil, and Panama. (WHA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 75 Scholars and Students from Minnesota (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Neus): 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 University of Minnesota hosted two Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program mid-level professionals from Nairobi, Kenya. The Humphrey Fellowship helps enhance the international orientation of U.S. campuses and its Fellows bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to share with students, faculty and U.S. communities at large. (AF) More»

    • Academic partnerships between the University of Minnesota and the University of Johannesburg (general education) and with the University of the Free State in South Africa (agriculture). Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 409 exchange visitors from overseas visited Minnesota and 262 Minnesota residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis received a $250,000 award 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 attended several educational institutions in Minnesota 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»

    • Carleton College participated in an International Virtual College Fair hosted by the Department of State in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • The Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including General Mills which is headquartered in Minnesota. (S/GFS) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society (Saint Paul) and the Palestinian Heritage Museum – Design Diaries International. (ECA) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 224,763 (CA) More»

    • The Minneapolis Passport Agency comprises 16 government employees and 14 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • Passport Applications Acceptance Facilities: 163 (CA) More»

    • 294 Minnesota 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 Minnesota: 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. (DS – Resident Office: Minneapolis Investigative Field OfficeMore»


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