Colorado

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

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

594 Colorado residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

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 FY17, Colorado-based companies received approval to export $423,891,953 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Colorado hosted 8,489 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $2.9 million to the economy of Colorado through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»
  • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $100,000 to Colorado-based vendors for procurement of goods and services (DS) More»
  • Agronometrics, a company founded by partners from Colorado and Chile, won the best new venture award 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»
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $8.1 billion (2017) support approximately 40,421 Coloradan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Colorado supports an additional 103,200 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Colorado. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Stewart Devine): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • 17 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Colorado were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 55 international students received a Fulbright to study in Colorado in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 11,527 international higher education students studied abroad in Colorado in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 364 exchange visitors from overseas visited Colorado, and 270 Colorado residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Colorado State University’s two campuses in Pueblo and Fort Collins are collaborating with Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur of Mexico to develop an ecotourism education program and to establish an Institute for Ecotourism Studies. This project provides opportunities for students to engage in immersive, field-based academic courses and cultural exchange while expanding knowledge and understanding around the issues of ecotourism and sustainable development. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA) More»
  • University of Denver (U.S.) with Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile) received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to facilitate an exchange program that will meet urgent, community mental health needs and play a critical role in training linguistically- and culturally-competent mental health providers. U.S. students will travel to Chile to visit clinical sites in various areas of psychology and participate in didactic and case study presentations with Chilean students and faculty. Chilean students will travel to Denver to complete a practicum experience with community mental health agencies. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • iDE (headquartered in Denver), the Bangladesh Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Unicef, and Rangpur Foundry Ltd. (RFL) were recognized for their partnership “Sanitation Marketing Systems in Bangladesh.” The partnership won the 4th annual P3 Impact Award. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2017 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. More information on the P3 Impact Award can be found here and the five 2017 finalists here. (S/GP)
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has three Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) positions assigned to the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and one POLAD position assigned to the Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH), all based out of Colorado Springs. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,144. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates 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. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – launched and sustained by the State Department – is a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. Across the world, cities are on the frontline of building resilience to radicalization to violence. Local governments, whether cities, municipalities or towns, are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from community polarization and radicalization through partnerships with local communities. The SCN is made up of over 120 cities worldwide. In the U.S., SCN members include: Atlanta, GA; Aurora, CO; Chattanooga, TN; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery County, MD; New York, NY; and San Diego, CA. The mayors of both Anaheim and Chattanooga participated in the SCN Global Meeting in Denmark in May 2017. (CT) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 2 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • The INL Bureau manages an innovative partnership with the Colorado Department of Corrections, where INL programs fund a grant for the operation of the International Corrections Management Training Center (ICMTC) in Canon City, CO. The center has been in operation since August 2011, and since that time more than 2,500 students from more than 30 countries have attended ICMTC’s hands-on corrections training in classrooms, at surrounding facilities, and in the vacant correctional facility that houses the center. The training helps INL’s international partners operate prisons that are safe, secure, humane, and transparent, thereby promoting public safety in countries around the world. ICMTC has trained Mexican corrections officials from 32 states in subjects such as institutional management, correctional industries, and high risk prisoner transportation. Approximately 234 Mexican officials received training in FY 2017. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Denver Police Department since 2013. In 2017, the Denver Police Department provided arrest and defensive tactics training to instructors and field training officers at the Belize Police Academy. (INL) More»
  • 19 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Colorado on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Colorado residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 19,196 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Colorado National Guard State Partnership Program with Slovenia founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Colorado National Guard State Partnership Program with Jordan founded in 2004. (PM) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Grand Junction-based Raven Ridge Resources and Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection seeks to unlock the Chinese market for draining and utilizing coal mine methane. Doing so can potentially reduce a powerful greenhouse gas, improve mine safety, and produce a new energy source. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Denver with Ford Motor Company and the City of Chongqing with Chang’an Motors focused on implementation of electric and hybrid vehicles. (EAP/OES) More»
  • Nearly $2.5 million in grants to the Governor’s Climate and Forests Fund in Boulder reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, and conserves biodiversity by supporting the development of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) capacity and activities. (OES)
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) was awarded a grant to engage thousands of students, teachers, and community leaders in targeted Zika-affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean to collect data on mosquito breeding for a NASA-based global mapping project. The program will encourage STEM studies, raise awareness in communities regarding protective measures they can take against mosquito-borne infectious disease, and also improve the tracking and control of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses through crowdsourced data. (OES/IHB and OES/PPO)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 374,114. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 127. (CA) More»
  • The Colorado Passport Agency comprises 26 government employees and 20 contract employees. (CA)
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 143 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Colorado. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA) More»
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mesa Verde National Park. (IO)
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State.The Denver Resident Office has 14 Foreign and Civil Service DSS employees and conducts approximately 100 investigations annually throughout Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. DSS employees contribute to national security by conducting passport and visa fraud investigations, as well as coordinating with federal, state, and local law enforcement on trafficking, transnational crimes, and terrorist networks. They also oversee security for U.S. Department of State facilities. The Denver Resident Office reports to the San Francisco Field Office. (DSS)
  • Service-oriented employment is currently in high demand throughout Denver’s Resident Office area of operation, which provides ample opportunity to expose and investigate passport and visa fraud. (DSS)
  • High employer demand for unskilled, low-wage labor combined with close proximity to Denver International Airport (the sixth busiest airport in the United States) makes human trafficking and visa fraud more prevalent than ever before. (DSS) More»