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

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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 1.6 million Pennsylvania jobs with customers in 221 countries and territories buying Pennsylvania-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $38.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $15.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Philadelphia Passport Agency employs 57 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Pennsylvania hosted 12,239 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 nearly $70,000 to the Pennsylvania economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, 11 partnership plans were created with Pennsylvania organizations with the following countries: Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Panama. (WHA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Ana Escrogima): 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 awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to Harvard University’s School of Public Health and University of Pennsylvania Medical School to create sustainable medical education and health research capacity in Botswana. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department supported an academic partnership in science, technology and health between Pennsylvania State University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 674 exchange visitors from overseas visited Pennsylvania and 1,500 Pennsylvania residents travelled overseas, including 128 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 2,548 Pennsylvania citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 41 Pennsylvania families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs offered Pennsylvania State University $100,000 in grant funding to train young engineers in technology commercialization. (OES) More»

    • The University of Pittsburgh received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to work on joint renewable energy research with Banaras Hindu University in India. (SCA) More»

    • Drexel University received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for joint research on microbial contamination with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. (SCA) More»

    • 180 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Pennsylvania 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»

    • Bucknell 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths.  (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Pennsylvania hosted 86 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Pennsylvania welcomed 2,507 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their350 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 of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange between the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh) and Gidan Makama Museum (Kano, Nigeria) – From the Ground Up: Nutritional Values and Cultural Connections. (ECA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange between the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Interactive Science Museum (Quito, Ecuador) – Scaling the Walls/Escalando Paredes: Creating Urban Green Spaces. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Police Foundation on a Mobile Training Team project to bring 20 Liberia National Police officers to Pennsylvania for three weeks of specialized training in January and February 2013. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partners with the Philadelphia Police Department and the Pittsburgh Police Department for police training and programs with foreign police partners. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, in cooperation with the Bureau of African Affairs, assisted with an infrastructure exchange partnership between Nigeria’s Rivers and Delta States and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. (S/SRGIA/AF) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Pennsylvania National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1993 with Lithuania. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center hosted 20 journalists on a tour to Philadelphia to learn about LGBT issues in the United States. (PA) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security partnered with Pennsylvania 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»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Pennsylvania’s The Hershey Company. (S/GFS) More»

    • The New York Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Pennsylvania 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)

  • Travel and Security

    • 430,808 passports were issued to Pennsylvania residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Passport Agency. The Department also receives passport applications through 312 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Pennsylvania. (CA)

    • The Department facilitated 295 overseas adoptions for Pennsylvania 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»

    • Pennsylvania welcomed 952,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 3.2% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s New York Field Office serves Pennsylvania and has a Resident Office in Philadelphia: 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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