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

Fast Fact

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, U.S. Representatives Hal Rogers and Brett Guthrie, and former U.S. Representative Ben Chandler are all alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program, one of the Department’s international educational exchange programs. More»

The State Department benefits 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 and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from Kentucky totaled $27.6 billion, which supported 140,352 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Toyota began producing the Lexus ES 350 in Kentucky in 2015. The Kentucky plant, Toyota’s largest in North America with capacity to build more than 550,000 vehicles a year, invested $360 million for the new assembly line. The new assembly line created 750 new jobs. (EAP) More»

    • The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg employs 320 people and is a significant area employer. (CA) More»

    • Kentucky hosted 1,821 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • 42 scholars, students and teachers from Kentucky were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 20 international students received a Fulbright to study in Kentucky. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Andrew Mann): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • In August 2015, the American Center in Moscow hosted the lecture “What Kentucky Can Teach the World: Urban Regeneration” by Dr. John Gilderbloom, professor at the University of Louisville. Dr. Gilderbloom, award-winning Professor of Planning, Public Administration and Urban Affairs (as well as Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods) spoke about innovation in urban planning and how to develop neighborhoods to create more friendly and sustainable environments. (IIP) More»

    • 8,043 international higher education students studied abroad in Kentucky. (ECA) More»

    • 245 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kentucky and 186 Kentucky residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 26 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Kentucky on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research and Jiangsu Wisdom Engineering Technology focused on capturing volatile organic compounds prior to combustion in energy-intensive industrial plants. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)

    • 180 Kentucky citizens volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 2,405. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental 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. Department of State facilitates the Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program with Ecuador founded in 1996. (PM) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program with Djibouti founded in 2015. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 117,237. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 107. (CA) More»

    • UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts: Paducah. (IO)

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mammoth Cave National Park. (IO)

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 145 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Kentucky. Intercountry adoption is one of 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. Learn more. (CA)

    • The Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Kentucky. 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. (DS) More»