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

Fast Facts

Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was the first Secretary of State; Edmund Jennings Randolph of Virginia was the second.

Prior to his tenure as Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall of Virginia was the fourth Secretary of State. More»

Colin Powell, a Virginia resident, was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State. 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.


  • 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 1.1 million Virginia jobs with customers in 212 countries and territories buying Virginia-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $17.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $13.8 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Virginia hosted 10,724 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 more than $20 million to the Virginia economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Under the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, two partnership plans with Virginia organizations were created with the following countries: Brazil and Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • George Mason University and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL) established the first International Sister Center partnership under the Department’s Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA). As Sister Centers, George Mason and UANL will cooperate on soft landing programs for small businesses looking to establish a presence in the vicinity of Monterrey, Mexico or in Virginia. (WHA) More»

    • SAIC of Virginia received $131,490 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Terry Davidson – Northern VA, Rich Jaworski - VA): 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»

    • Bluefield State College hosted a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nairobi through the Department of State’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA). The FLTA Program aims to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by establishing a native speaker presence in the classroom. (AF) More»

    • The Department supported academic partnerships between the University of Virginia (general studies, geography) and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and between Virginia Polytechnic Institute (natural and agricultural sciences) and the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Free State 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»

    • 348 exchange visitors from overseas visited Virginia and 1,026 Virginia residents travelled overseas, including 83 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 59 Virginia families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and 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 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kampur, India, received a $250,000 award through the Department from The Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to develop an international program for sustainable infrastructure development. (SCA) More»

    • George Mason University received a $1 million grant from the Department to establish a university partnership in public administration in Pakistan for three years. (SCA) More»

    • 32 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Virginia 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 strengthensU.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 College of William and Mary was a founding partner for “Diplomacy Lab,” a pilot Department of State program that gives teams of students with a faculty lead the opportunity to conduct research and innovation projects that have real-world applications for the Department’s diplomatic work. In Fall 2013, William and Mary students and faculty worked with the Department’s office of Global Criminal Justice to determine the best tools to hold war criminals accountable for their actions. (S/SACSED - Read more about “Diplomacy Lab”) More»

    • The University of Virginia was a founding partner for “Diplomacy Lab,” a pilot Department of State program that gives teams of students with a faculty lead the opportunity to conduct research and innovation projects that have real-world applications for the Department’s diplomatic work. Among other projects, University of Virginia students and faculty helped the Department develop plans to help reform an international organization. (S/SACSED – Read more about “Diplomacy Lab”) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Virginia hosted 446 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Virginia welcomed 1,472 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’s Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Virginia-based Mars, Inc. (S/GFS) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded the National Center for State Courts, a non-profit organization, $4.5 million to offer strategic planning assistance to the Iraqi judicial sector. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded the Fairfax County Police Department $520,000 as part of INL’s police training program through the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police nearly $1.5 million as part of the International Police Education and Training program, which helps senior leadership development and expertise in police theory and strategy. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partners with the Richmond Police Department for police training and programs with foreign police partners. (INL) 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 bring20 Liberia National Police officers to Virginia for three weeks of specialized training in January and February 2013. (INL) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Virginia National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2003 with Tajikistan. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center hosted more than 100 journalists on tours to Dulles, Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church to learn about Dulles International AirportSuper Tuesdayurban search and rescue, and World Refugee Day. (PA)

    • U.S. Department of State and Virginia-based Rosetta Stone, partnered for a 90-day pilot program to offer English language learning in 12 countries. Through this partnership, Rosetta Stone received in-kind promotion and marketing of their programs in target markets at U.S. Department of State American Spaces. (IIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • 333,781 passports were issued to Virginia residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 184 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Virginia. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 327 overseas adoptions for Virginia 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»

    • Virginia welcomed 387,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1.3% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s D.C. Field Office serves Virginia and has a Resident Office in Dunn Loring: 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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