Georgia

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

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

David Dean Rusk, Secretary of State to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, was born in Cherokee County, Georgia. 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, Georgia-based companies received approval to export $412,463,870 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • In February 2017, Japan’s Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) began producing utility vehicles at a new facility in Gainesville with capacity to produce up to 75,000 vehicles annually. (EAP) More»
  • In August 2017, Rinnai, a Japan-based home appliances manufacturer, announced it will create 150 jobs and invest $69 million with the completion of the company’s first U.S. manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia. Rinnai expects to create 300 jobs with this new facility over the next 10 years. (EAP) More»
  • The Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs assisted Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Trade Mission to Turkey in 2012. In 2011, Georgia was the seventh-leading exporter to Turkey among U.S. states, with approximately $600 million exported. (S/SRGIA) More»
  • Georgia hosted 4,823 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In 2017, one incubation boot camp was held at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, where 10 Central American entrepreneurs received advanced incubation services (assistance and training for start-ups and entrepreneurs) to encourage trade and commerce. (WHA) More»
  • In 2017, a Georgia-based small business center and a small business center in Panama created a partnership under the Small Business Network of the Americas Small Grants Program. (WHA) 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 $37.2 billion (2017) support approximately 181,731 Georgian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Georgia supports an additional 226,900 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Georgia. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Vallera Gibson (Northern) and Amy Radetsky (South): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • 39 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Georgia were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 169 international students received a Fulbright to study in Georgia in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • One high school student from Georgia 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. (S/GP) More»
  • 21,510 international higher education students studied abroad in Georgia in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 381 exchange visitors from overseas visited Georgia and 306 Georgia residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Conger Enterprises, LLC received $21,356 to develop and conduct a root cause analysis training course for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide the experts with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate an effective problem analysis. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • In 2018, U.S. Embassy Managua sent 10 exceptional and economically-disadvantaged Access and College Horizons students on a 10-week Total English Immersion Program to Georgia State University. Students improved their English-language skills and cultural understanding of the United States. English provides an opportunity for increased economic opportunities in Nicaragua, reducing the likelihood of immigration. (WHA/ECA) More»
  • Georgia Southern University and Universidad Anáhuac Mayab (Mexico) are creating a new generation of a two-way summer study abroad programs by expanding on an existing partnership. Exchanges focus on innovative hands-on and service learning activities. Students from both universities use laser-based scanning instruments to produce 3D point-cloud models of selected structures, such as a millenary Mayan ruin or modern structures to control coastal erosion. 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»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One Fulbright graduate student is completing a two-year program studying electrical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. (WHA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Infantry School, Armor School, NCO Academy, and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to culture and history of the U.S. and the State of Georgia while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • Conger Enterprises, LLC received $21,356 to develop and conduct a root cause analysis training course for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide the experts with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate an effective problem analysis. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Georgia Institute of Technology is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • Care USA ((headquartered in Atlanta) and Cargill Incorporated were recognized for their partnership “Nourishing the Future in Central America.” The partnership was one of five finalists for 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 New York Foreign Press Center hosted a press briefing for the President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority and Senior Director of Economic Development for the Georgia Ports Authority to discuss economic development and trade through the Port of Savannah with foreign correspondents. The Port of Savannah, the nation’s fastest growing and fourth largest, can serve 80% of the U.S. population within two days. Nearly 75% of imports/exports from the Savannah Port are from Asia. (PA/FPC) More»
  • In FY17, Georgia-based companies received approval to export $412,463,870 worth of Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,872. 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»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 1 elementary school with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • 82 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Georgia on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Georgia residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 2,216 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) since 2011. In 2017, three APD officers conducted a countering bias-motivated crimes and violence course for 60 Honduran National Police, judges, and prosecutors. The APD also participated in a video teleconference with police officers from Honduras, focused on crimes against vulnerable groups, specifically members of the LGBTI community. Also in 2017, APD trained participants including judges, prosecutors, and supervisory law enforcement personnel on hate crimes or related investigations at the INL-managed International Law Enforcement Academies in Botswana and Hungary. Additionally, APD hosted a delegation of Ukrainian police officers on women leadership. (INL) More»
  • The INL Bureau-supported Friends of the Private Public Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan program provides opportunities to a small number of the highest-performing Afghan law graduates to pursue their LL.M. studies at top law schools in the United States. Currently, one scholar is pursuing his LL.M. at Notre Dame Law School at South Bend, Indiana and the other at Emory Law School at Atlanta, Georgia. These LL.M. candidates will return to Afghanistan to advance their impact on Afghan justice institutions and the rule of law sector. (INL) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with Georgia’s Administrative Office of the Courts since 2014. In 2017, judges from the state of Georgia’s Administrative Office of the Courts traveled to the Republic of Georgia and hosted judicial delegations in Atlanta to discuss the use of jury trials in criminal cases. (INL) More»
  • The Office of Global Food Security partnered with the University of Georgia as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which enables U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Georgia National Guard State Partnership Program with Georgia founded in 1994. (PM) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Atlanta-based Coca-Cola and the Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy of Technology researched and developed a way to use agricultural waste to produce plastic bottles. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The Department of State partners with Atlanta-based Cooperative for Assistance Relief Everywhere (CARE) in expanding the reach of Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) members. The program reaches from the capital cities of Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda to remote villages, and works to accomplish the objectives of the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 487,671. (CA) More»
  • The Atlanta Passport Agency comprises 33 government employees and 30 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 175. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 191 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Georgia. 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»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of 21 domestic resident offices in Atlanta, Georgia. Regional responsibility includes protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. The Atlanta Resident Office reports to the Miami Field Office. (DSS) More»