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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 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 490,000 Oregon jobs with customers in 203 countries and territories 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). (EB) More»

    • The Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai joined the U.S. Department of 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 3,082 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 $1.5 million to the State of Oregon by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $3 million to the Pacific Salmon Commission, and more than $5 million by participating in the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of Pacific Salmon and harvest opportunities to protect Oregon’s $150+ million dollar fishing industry. (OES) More»

    • The Department’s 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»

    • Under the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program three partnership plans with Oklahoma organizations were created 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 Department sponsored 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 expand their businesses. (WHA/GPI) More»

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

  • Education

    • 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»

    • The Department supports 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»

    • 330 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oregon and 779 Oregon residents travelled overseas, including 65 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,016 Oregon citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 40 Oregon families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs provided the COACh Program 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. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program 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 from the Department to establish a university partnership in business management and environmental sciences in Pakistan for three years. (SCA) More»

    • Oregon State University 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. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Oregon welcomed 875 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»

    • Through the Department-funded EcoPartnerships initiative, the clean technology expertise of Portland, one of America’s greenest cities, will be leveraged to develop low-carbon strategies for the city of Kunming as it develops, implements and evaluates its own low-carbon programs. This partnership will result in measurable and verifiable CO2 reductions and quality of life improvements in Chinese cities. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Department’s 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»

    • The Department’s 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 Office of Foreign Missions regional office in San Francisco serves Oregon 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)

    • The Department of State facilitates the Oregon National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2012 with Vietnam and founded in 2008 with Bangladesh. (PM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 149,118 passports were issued to Oregon residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 86 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Oregon. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 126 overseas adoptions for Oregon 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»

    • Oregon welcomed over 208,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.7% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Field Office serves Oregon: 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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