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

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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.

Ohio

  • 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. International trade supports more than 1.4 million Ohio jobs with customers in 211 countries 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), saving the average Ohio family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

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

    • Ohio hosted 6,442 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 more than $470,000 to the Ohio economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

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

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed more than $5 million to the State of Ohio by participating in the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, ensuring that sustainable populations of salmon, trout and whitefish are maintained, and that U.S. stakeholders continue to have harvest opportunities. (OES) More»

    • American Embassies worldwide purchased a total of $1,195,310 Ohio-based IPA multimedia materials for use in American Spaces abroad. (IIP) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State invested $17,320 in a career event in Cincinnati, Ohio, to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • 139 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Ohio were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Michelle Jones): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. and 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 works. (EUR) More»

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

    • The Department provided $5,000 to the University of Cincinnati to support a student-run solar energy project in Ethiopia. (AF) More»

    • 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)

    • 665 exchange visitors from overseas visited Ohio and 394 Ohio residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Ohio State University received a $500,000 cooperative agreement to implement the Passport to India program which has the goal of increasing the number of American students studying in India by over 300 percent by 2020. (SCA) More»

    • Hiram College received a $492,309 grant to connect Pakistani and American high schools through the International Watershed Partnerships. (SCA)

    • 178 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Ohio through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector that 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»

    • The Department of State hosted the 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 206 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»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 2,788. 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 facilitates the Ohio National Guard State Partnership Program with Hungary founded in 1993 and Republic of Serbia founded in 2006. (PM) More»

    • $225,000 was invested 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-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»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Columbus/Franklin County, Columbus Sister Cities International and the City of Hefei of Anhui Province founded on projects focused on electric vehicles, wetlands, green buildings and converting solid waste methane to energy. (EAP/OES: Click here for information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Case Western University and China National Off-Shore Corp-New Energy Investment, Inc. focusing on clean and efficient transportation. (EAP/OES: Click here for information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • $200,000 was awarded to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Ohio to raise public awareness of modern slavery by launching a virtual global network to connect established anti-trafficking leaders around the world (i.e., the Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes), publicize their work, and inspire new leaders. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 320,622 (CA) More»

    • 413 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Ohio families in 2012: 292. 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 Ohio: 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) More»

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