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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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • 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. Of the 1,270 Vermont exporters in 2013, 86% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Vermont exports totaled $3.7 billion. Those exports supported 14,728 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Burlington was designated as a UN Regional Center of Expertise in sustainable development. (IO)

    • Vermont hosted 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 (INL) contributed more than $1 million to the Vermont economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Retroworks Inc., a company founded by partners from Vermont and Mexico, was among sixty semi-finalists in 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

    • A high school student from Vermont participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)

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

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): 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»

    • 194 exchange visitors from overseas visited Vermont and 125 Vermont residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Eight Brazilian students attended Saint Michael’s College in Vermont through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of 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 an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The 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. Norwich University and the University of Vermont participated in the International Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Vermont Office of the Attorney General, Environmental Protection Division and the University of Vermont Environmental Law Center to provide a study tour for Thai prosecutors to learn how the United States investigates and prosecutes wildlife trafficking cases at both the state and federal levels. (INL) More»

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

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

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 320. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the Montpelier-based Institute for Sustainable Communities and the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation established a network of low-carbon “champions” to help translate nation-level clean energy policies into local action. More on EcoPartnerships. (EAP/OES)

    • The Department facilitates the Vermont National Guard State Partnership Program with Macedonia founded in 1993 and Senegal founded in 2008. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 29,338. (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 Fiscal Year 2014: 7. The Office of Children's Issues 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. More»


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