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

Fast Fact

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah House of Representatives Member Jen Seelig and former Utah House of Representatives Member Jackie Biskupski are all former alumni of a Department flagship international educational exchange program, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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 350,000 Utah jobs with customers in 195 countries buying Utah-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $18.9 billion in goods exports (2012) and $5.1 billion in service exports (2011), saving the average Utah family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

    • Flights between Salt Lake City and Paris with an estimated impact of $90 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) More»

    • Utah hosted 3,078 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 $90,000 to the Utah economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding in products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $35,000 to Utah-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

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

  • Education

    • 28 Scholars and Students from Utah were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Harry Thomas): 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»

    • 245 exchange visitors from overseas visited Utah and 148 Utah residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 57 Brazilian students studied at the University of Utah and Utah State University through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which 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»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 1,189. 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 Department facilitates the Utah National Guard State Partnership Program with Morocco founded in 2003. (PM) More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the State of Utah and Qinghai Province focusing on clean water and energy efficiency. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 109,282 (CA) More»

    • 53 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Utah families in 2012: 133. 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 Utah: 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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