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

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The United States recognized the Republic of Chile on January 27, 1823, when the U.S. Senate confirmed President James Monroe’s nomination of Heman Allen of Vermont as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Chile. 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.

Vermont

  • 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 93,000 Vermont jobs with customers in 164 countries buying Vermont-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $4.3 billion in goods exports (2012) and $802 million in service exports (2011), saving the average Vermont family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

    • Vermont hosted 1,961 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 $2 million to the Vermont economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Retroworks Inc., a company founded by partners from Vermont and Mexico, 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 Vermont. (HR)

  • Education

    • 23 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Vermont were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard): 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»

    • 194 exchange visitors from overseas visited Vermont and 125 Vermont residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • Eight Brazilian students studied at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont 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 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following schools participated: Norwich University; University of Vermont. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Green Mountain Coffee. (S/GFS) More»

    • Vermont hosted 2 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 322. 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 Vermont National Guard State Partnership Program with Macedonia founded in 1993 and Senegal founded in 2008. (PM) More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the Institute for Sustainable Communities (Montpelier) and the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation to establish a network of low-carbon “champions” to help translate nation-level clean energy policies into local action. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 24,801 (CA) More»

    • The Vermont Passport Agency comprises 7 government employees and 10 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • 58 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Vermont families in 2012: 17. 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 Boston Field Office serves Vermont: 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 – Resident Office: St. Albans Investigative Field OfficeMore»

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