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

Fast Fact

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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • 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 490,000 Oregon jobs with customers in 203 countries buying Oregon-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $16.5 billion in goods exports (2012) and $8.2 billion in service exports (2011), saving the average Oregon family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

    • Consul General of the U.S. Consulate 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 2,820 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 $1.5 million to the State of Oregon by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $7 million to the State of Oregon, by participating in the Pacific Salmon Commission, and more than $960,000, by participating in the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of Pacific Salmon and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. (OES)

    • 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 the following countries: Canada and Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • Coffee Antigua, a company founded by partners from Oregon and Guatemala, was one of sixty semi-finalists through 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. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 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 Department of State ECA-funded exchange 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 studied at Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon 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 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 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 school participated: Oregon State University. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) partnered with the cities of Portland and Kumming as part of the EcoPartnership program. (OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships)

    • 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 to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 875. 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 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»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 149,118 (CA) More»

    • 86 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Oregon families in 2012: 126. 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 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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