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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: New York state seal © Public Domain
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Fast Facts

Former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles of New York had diplomacy in his blood; both his grandfather and his uncle, also from New York, served as Secretaries of State. More»

New York has been the state of residence for the greatest number of Secretaries of State: 16. 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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.

New York

  • 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 2.5 million New York jobs with customers in 225 countries and territories buying New York-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $69.1 billion in goods exports (2012) and $61.3 in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated New York City’s Regional Center to invest $72 million to redevelop the George Washington Bridge Bus station. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Buffalo and New York Passport Agencies together employ 123 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • U.S. Department of State was at the forefront of U.S. Government advocacy leading to General Electric winning its largest power agreement in company history, approximately $2.7 billion with SPE, an affiliate of Sonelgaz – Algeria’s national electricity and gas company. Through this agreement, the majority of equipment will be exported from South Carolina and New York, with input from suppliers throughout the United States. (ENR) More»

    • New York hosted 29,598 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 $700,000 to the New York economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Instarespuesta, a company founded by partners from New York and Chile, and SolKissed Swimwear, founded by partners from New York and Peru, were among the sixteen 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. (Click here to learn about the semifinalists: Agrimaps; BROS; ConTextos; Ketzali; Smart Money English) (WHA/GPI) More»

    • American Embassies worldwide purchased a total of $493,556 in multimedia materials from Ambassador Book Service, a book wholesaler located in Farming, New York, for use in American Spaces abroad. (IIP) More»

    • Brookhaven National Laboratory received $3,054,477 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Ana Escrogima): 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 funded the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health/International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs to serve as the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative Coordinating Center, which coordinates a number of partnerships in Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department supported Yeshiva University students to attend the Global Leadership Summit and visit University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa to talk about tolerance and diversity. (AF) More»

    • Syracuse University hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi through the Department of State’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA). The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • The College of Saint Rose hosted a Fulbright Foreign Student Program participant from Nairobi. As a flagship U.S. exchange program, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings the best and brightest foreign graduate students to U.S. institutions, who enhance the international orientation of U.S. campuses and 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 with South African Universities and New York colleges and universities including: Bard College (International Human Rights Exchange Program); Cornell University; New York University (science, technology and health); Queens College of New York (biochemistry); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (general studies); Rockefeller University (Center for Hepatitis C Study PhD student training). Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 1,419 exchange visitors from overseas visited New York and 13,754 New York residents travelled overseas, including 257 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,043 New York citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 48 New York families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s New York Foreign Press Center hosted nearly 500 journalists from around the world to learn about various issues, including the Metropolitan Museum Islamic Galleries, the Empire State BuildingNYC Economic Development Corp.U.S. retail industrysocial entrepreneurismU.S. economy and its global roletechnology trendsrefugee resettlementtravel and tourismFleet WeekHispanic impact on the U.S. economy, African women entrepreneurs, Statue of Liberty and Ellis IslandSilicon Alley, the Space ShuttleMuslims in America, the World Trade CenterLGBT issues, and the UN General Assembly. (PA)

    • Cornell University received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for joint agriculture and food security curriculum development with the University of Agricultural Sciences, Meerut, India. (SCA) More»

    • 690 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in New York 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»

    • Six colleges and universities from New York 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. The following schools participated: CUNY College of Staten Island; Hamilton College; Niagara County Community College; Pace University; Syracuse University; University of Rochester. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • New York welcomed 3,965 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 New York National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2003 with South Africa. (PM) More»

    • The Department awarded a $18,295,000 grant to Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs to support programs in Lesotho. (AF) More»

    • The Department supported a partnership with the Centre ValBio research station, led by a Stony Brook University professor and located in Ranomafana National Park, which works to protect Madagascar’s unique and biologically diverse ecosystems through conservation science and projects. (AF) More»

    • The Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative provided $3 million to bring young civic leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to Syracuse University for the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship, through which participants gain a practical understanding of the interactions between government and civil society, while also gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and professional contacts to benefit their professional pursuits in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the New York Police Department (NYPD) as part of INL’s Police Partnership Program and deployed NYPD officers to Haiti to help train the Haitian National Police. (INL) More»

    • New York’s International Rescue Committee received a $750,000 grant from the Department to partner with the Institute for Social Wellbeing and Research and a local NGO to strengthen the overall legal and operational framework for child trafficking prevention, prosecution of human traffickers, and protection for victims of human trafficking in Haiti. (J/TIP) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the New York Institute of Technology and Peking University partnered to enable effective detection, protection and monitoring of groundwater resources (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships). (EAP/OES) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Stony Brook University and Tongji University (Shanghai) partnered to produce alternative fuels and develop a business case for deploying these resources in viable landfills (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships). (EAP/OES) 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 Queens Museum of Art and Museo Ico (Madrid, Spain) – emPOWER Parents: Fostering Cross Cultural Networks between Families with Autism. (ECA) 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 American Museum of Natural History (NYC) and the Museum of Samoa – Rebuilding Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provided a $1.157 million grant to New York’s World Monuments Fund for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in Ethiopia, Libya and Thailand. (ECA - AFCP) More»

    • The Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provided a $46,000 grant to New York’s High Atlas Foundation for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in Morocco. (ECA - AFCP) More»

    • U.S. Department of State and New York based Pimsleur Language Programs (a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster, Inc.), partnered for a 90-day pilot program, to offer English language learning in 12 countries. Through this partnership, Pimsleur Language Programs received in-kind promotion and marketing of their programs in target markets at U.S. Department of State American Spaces. (IIP) More»

    • The New York Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions 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

    • 1,043,809 passports were issued to residents of New York. (CA) More»

    • The Department has two consular facilities in New York, the Buffalo Passport Agency and the New York City Passport Agency.

    • The Department receives passport applications through 727 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in New York. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 492 overseas adoptions for New York 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»

    • New York welcomed over 9.3 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 31.3% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s New York Field Office serves the state of New York and has a Resident Office in Buffalo: 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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