On behalf of the American people, the State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. By leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance, the Department keeps the American people safe both at home and abroad and advances our shared economic prosperity. The State Department directly impacts the “Green Mountain State” of Vermont through international exchange programs, defense partnerships, and joint research.
First, the State Department positively impacts Vermonters through international exchange programs, including the International Visitor Leadership Program, or IVLP. The IVLP, which is the State Department’s premier professional exchange program, brings current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to the United States to experience this country firsthand, cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts, and hold professional meetings that support the foreign policy goals of the United States. During the IVLP, American families host participants to build relationships and show the best of what the United States has to offer. IVLP alumni often share that their most memorable and impactful experiences were those with the residents of the states they visited. In 2017, 385 Vermont residents made a big impression on IVLP participants—they volunteered 3,975 hours of their time to welcome 241 international visitors, exchange ideas and perspectives, and share their heartfelt hospitality.
Secondly, the State Department coordinates the Vermont National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) with North Macedonia, founded in 1993, and with Senegal, founded in 2008. The State Partnership Program links a state’s National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. Through the SPP, the Vermont National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements with counterparts in support of defense security goals. The SPP has become a key U.S. security cooperation tool, facilitating collaboration across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encouraging people-to-people ties at the state level.
Finally, the State Department supports international joint research projects with Vermont universities that are beneficial to the United States and our partner countries. A researcher from the University of Vermont recently received a grant from the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). This joint research project with an Israeli scientist allows both countries to conduct world-class research in a range of basic and applied fields. Supported by the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, this collaborative research with Israel advances our shared scientific priorities and strengthens our bilateral relationship.
From Burlington to Brattleboro, the State Department positively impacts Vermonters through exchanges, defense cooperation, and environmental research, and Vermonters, in turn, impact people from around the world.
Find out more about the Department of State’s impact in American communities at Department of State by State.