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

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and former U.S. Senator and Governor Kit Bond are 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.

Missouri

  • 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 5,993 Missouri exporters in 2013, 86% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Missouri exports totaled $14.1 billion. Those exports supported 86,602 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Missouri hosted 3,388 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s humanitarian program Operation Provide Hope is in partnership with Missouri-based A Call To Serve, an organization that provides donated assistance in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, and other relief items to vulnerable populations in the countries of the former Soviet Union. (EUR) More»

    • One partnership plan was created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Canada. (WHA) More»

    • Chiapas Bazaar, a company founded by partners from Missouri and Mexico, was 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 Missouri. (HR)

  • Education

    • 52 Scholars and Students from Missouri were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Andrew): 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»

    • Academic partnerships between the University of Missouri-Rolla (civil engineering) and Washington University (geology) with 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»

    • 370 exchange visitors from overseas visited Missouri and 358 Missouri residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 213 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Missouri 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»

    • Saint Louis University 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

    • Missouri hosted 183 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 1,268. 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 Missouri National Guard State Partnership Program with Panama. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 159,867 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 174 (CA) More»

    • 188 Missouri 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 Missouri: 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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