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

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Along with territorial disputes with Spain and Mexico over the Southwest, the fate of the Oregon Territory was one of the major diplomatic issues of the first half of the 19th century. 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.


  • 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 5,922 Oregon exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, the state of Oregon exports totaled $20.9 billion. Those exports supported 86,157 U.S. jobs (EB) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $42.4 million to the state of Oregon by participating in the Pacific Salmon Commission, and more than $2 million by participating in the International Pacific Halibut Commission. These organizations ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of fish and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. (OES/OMC)

    • The U.S. Consul General in Shanghai joined the Agriculture Trade Office to welcome the first shipment of U.S. pears (valued at over $100,000) to China, representing new market opportunities for pear producers in California, Oregon and Washington. (EB/EAP) More»

    • Oregon 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 $2 million to the economy of Oregon through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Oregon-based Western Shelter Systems won a contract to provide 58 weather-resistant shelters for Nepal after the April and May 2015 earthquakes, through funds from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The shelters allowed law enforcement and justice sector institutions to continue operations after many police stations and buildings were destroyed or damaged. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs helped facilitate $250,000 in funding from Japan and NOAA to the state of Oregon's Parks and Recreation Department. (OES/EAP) More»

    • Two partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Canada and Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • Coffee Antigua, a company founded by partners from Oregon and Guatemala, 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 Oregon. (HR)

  • Education

    • 57 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Oregon were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Lewis Lukens): 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»

    • Two high school students from Oregon participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)

    • The University of Oregon hosts the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue. (IO)

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs provided grant funding to COACh at the University of Oregon to advance women scientists’ careers in Central Africa. (OES)

    • Zoology research collaboration between Oregon State University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Such collaborations with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 1462 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oregon and 262 Oregon residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs offered COACh at the University of Oregon nearly $30,000 in grant funding to advance North African women scientists’ careers. (OES) More»

    • 79 Brazilian students attended Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. The program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and 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 University of Oregon received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in business management and environmental sciences in Pakistan for three years. (SCA) 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. Oregon State University participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership program between the cities of Portland and Kumning in China focuses on transit-oriented planning, bicycle networks, green buildings, and growth boundaries. Learn more on EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • The Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Oregon State University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 949. 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 Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $263,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Portland State University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Bangladesh, founded in 2008. (PM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Vietnam, founded in 2012. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 174,385. (CA) More»

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

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Oregon families in Fiscal Year 2014: 129. 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 San Francisco Field Office serves Oregon: 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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