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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Tennessee state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Tennessee 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 800,000 Tennessee jobs with customers in 212 countries and territories buying Tennessee-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $30.7 billion in goods exports (2012) and $8.1 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Tennessee hosted 2,602 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 of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $11,000 to the Tennessee economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State contributed $2,486,339 to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for implementation of the Partnership for Nuclear Security Program, whose Global Threat Reduction Program seeks to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction. (ISN) More»

    • National Resource Management LLC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory received a total of $625,173 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, one partnership with a Tennessee organization was created with Mexico. (WHA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Mark Powell): 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 supported academic partnerships between Vanderbilt University (management) and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and between St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Memphis (biochemistry) 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»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Vanderbilt University partnership to expand innovative multidisciplinary medical education in Zambia. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department supports the work of the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture which is actively involved in the development and implementation of conservation agriculture systems (CAS) in southern Africa. (AF) More»

    • 157 exchange visitors from overseas visited Tennessee and 359 Tennessee residents travelled overseas, including 30 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 307 Tennessee citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 18 Tennessee families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, one partnership with a Tennessee organization was created with Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • Tennessee Technological University received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to map the risks and uncertainties of energy futures with Annamalai University. (SCA) More»

    • 114 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Tennessee 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 U.S. Department of State partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and provided $1,243,282 in technical support to the Laboratory for nuclear/radiological material relocation, border security support consolidation, material amnesty program efforts, and training. The Laboratory employs a staff of 4,480 individuals, including 2,600 scientists and engineers. (ISN) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Tennessee welcomed 1,558 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»

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

    • Through the Department funded EcoPartnerships initiative, Purdue University, the University of Tennessee and the Chinese Academy of Sciences partnered to promote research collaboration on climate change, sustainability and environmental aspects of bioenergy production. (Click here for more information on EcoPartnerships) (EAP/OES) More»

    • The Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves Tennessee 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

    • 147,754 passports were issued to Tennessee residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 127 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Tennessee. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 273 overseas adoptions for Tennessee 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»

    • Tennessee welcomed over 297,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Miami Field Office serves Tennessee: 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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