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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 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 16,452 Ohio exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Ohio exports totaled $52.2 billion. Those exports supported 263,356 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • One of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows is from Ohio. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • 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»

    • 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)

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Columbus/Franklin County, Columbus Sister Cities International, and the City of Hefei of Anhui Province founded projects focused on electric vehicles, wetlands, green buildings, and converting solid waste methane to energy. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • Ohio hosted 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 (INL) contributed more than $1.9 million to the Ohio economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) 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. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • The U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia opened an 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 bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to 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)

    • 665 exchange visitors from overseas visited Ohio and 394 Ohio residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded 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 attended several educational institutions in Ohio 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»

    • The Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair 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. Bowling Green State University, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Akron participated in this International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • Miami University in Oxford is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. Learn more about Diplomacy Lab here. (S/GP)

    • An event was held in Columbus during the annual Global Partnerships Week celebration in March, organized by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. GPW recognizes the critical role public-private partnerships play in promoting diplomacy and development worldwide and inspires public and private organizations everywhere through self-organized local, national, and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as shared value collaborators. GPW 2015 boasted over 20 events worldwide; learn more here. (S/GP)

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 2,895. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Case Western University and China National Off-Shore Corp-New Energy Investment, Inc. focuses on clean and efficient transportation. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • 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. Learn more about EcoPartnerships hereMore»

    • $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 in Fiscal Year 2015: 366,525. (CA) More»

    • 413 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Ohio families in Fiscal Year 2014: 249. The Office of Children's Issues 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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