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

Fast Fact

Ohio was the state of residence to three former Secretaries of State, who served consecutive terms: John ShermanWilliam Rufus Day and John Milton Hay.

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 1.4 million Ohio jobs with customers in 211 countries and territories buying Ohio-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $49.6 billion in goods exports (2012) and $12.3 in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • With assistance from the Department of State’s Bureaus of Economic and Business Affairs and East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Vietnam Airlines placed an order for Ohio’s General Electric Aviation to manufacture engines to power Boeing 787 Dreamliners, in a deal worth approximately $1.7 billion. (EB/EAP) More»

    • Ohio hosted 7,005 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 more than $470,000 to the Ohio economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s New York Foreign Press Center hosted 24 journalists on a tour to Columbus to learn about the 2012 Ohio Primary. (PA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed more than $19 million to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission in support of Ohio’s billion dollar fishing industry. This investment helps ensure that sustainable populations of salmon, trout and whitefish are maintained and that U.S. anglers continue to have harvest opportunities. (OES) More»

    • American embassies worldwide purchased a total of $1,195,310 of multimedia materials from Ohio’s USA International Procurement Agency for use in American Spaces abroad. (IIP) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State held a career event in Cincinnati, Ohio, to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency jobs. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • 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»

    • The U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia opens exhibit of Cleveland sculptors in Bratislava. (EUR) More»

    • Miami University hosted six up-and-coming undergraduate leaders from Nairobi participating in the Department’s Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program, which helps enhance the international orientation of U.S. campuses. Participants bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to share with students, faculty and U.S. communities at large. (AF) More»

    • The Department funded a medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Case Western Reserve University partnership to Build Capacity for Cardiovascular Research and Training in Uganda. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provided a $180,000 grant for work in eastern Libya and a $194,000 grant for work in western Libya to Oberlin College to preserve and protect Libya’s cultural heritage. (ECA - AFCP) More»

    • 432 exchange visitors from overseas visited Ohio and 1,011 Ohio residents travelled overseas, including 87 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,612 Ohio citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 75 Ohio families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • Ohio State University received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to train STEM faculty with Aligarh Muslim University, India. (SCA) More»

    • 178 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Ohio through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends101,000 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»

    • Three Ohio colleges and universities 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: Bowling Green State University; Miami University of Ohio; University of Akron. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Ohio hosted 66 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Ohio welcomed 2,788 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 Ohio National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2005 with the Republic of Serbia and founded in 1993 with Hungary. (PM) More»

    • The Department invested $225,000 in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Ohio, which has built on its expertise connecting the history of the abolition of chattel slavery with the modern anti-human trafficking movement to create an awareness campaign about modern forms of slavery around the world that highlights the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. (J/TIP) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the City of Columbus/Franklin County, Columbus Sister Cities International and the City of Hefei of Anhui Province partnered on projects focused on electric vehicles, wetlands, green buildings and converting solid waste methane to energy. (Click here for information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Case Western University and China National Off-Shore Corp-New Energy Investment, Inc. partnered on clean and efficient transportation. (Click here for information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Chicago Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Ohio 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. 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

    • 320,622 passports were issued to Ohio residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 413 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Ohio. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 292 overseas adoptions for Ohio 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»

    • Ohio welcomed 357,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1.2% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Ohio: 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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