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

Fast Fact

U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, Bill Huizenga and Gary Peters and former U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke are all alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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

  • 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 $59.8 billion (2017) support approximately 271,337 Michigan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Michigan supports an additional 238,100 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • General Motors (headquartered in Detroit) is a founding partner in the Veterans Innovation Fellowship, a partnership between the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, The Mission Continues, USAID, OPIC, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several other universities. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. (S/GP) More»
  • In January 2017, Toyota North America officially opened its $154 million expanded Toyota Motor North America Research & Development Purchasing and Prototype Development centers in York Township. (EAP) More»
  • In April 2017, the Toyota Research Institute, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toyota Motor North America, Inc., invested $2.4 million to support a research team at the University of Michigan that will focus on machine learning and data simulation to improve the prediction of battery properties. (EAP) More»
  • In July 2017, the Toyota Research Institute, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., announced an investment of $5 million in the American Center for Mobility, an autonomous and connected vehicle testing facility in Ypsilanti Township. (EAP) More»
  • In July 2017, Japanese auto systems and components maker Denso International America Inc. announced its intention to invest $75 million by 2021 to expand its Southfield headquarters supported by a partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to recruit and train 120 new employees. (EAP) More»
  • In August 2017, Japan’s Hino Motors broke ground on a new, $20 million state of the art U.S. headquarters in Novi. (EAP) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State granted $133,000 to Michigan State University in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»
  • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a contract of $65.3 million awarded by the Colombian Ministry of National Defence to General Dynamics Land Systems for 24 Light Armored Vehicles for the Colombian army. (EB) More»
  • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated AGS Automotive, a Canadian company’s $21 million investment in Michigan which created or maintained 140 new jobs. SelectUSA is a President Obama initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»
  • Michigan hosted 8,181 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, Michigan-based companies received approval to export $116,579,826 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $97,000 to Michigan-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»
  • Three partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Brazil, Canada, and Jamaica. (WHA) More»
  • Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, a company founded by partners from Michigan and Peru, and SIKA Mexican Arts, a company founded by partners from Michigan and Mexico, were among sixty semi-finalists 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»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Michigan. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dale Giovengo): 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»
  • 55 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Michigan were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 144 international students received a Fulbright to study in Michigan in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 34,296 international higher education students studied abroad in Michigan in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 548 exchange visitors from overseas visited Michigan, and 356 Michigan residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs offered Western Michigan University $80,000 in grant funding to train graduate students abroad. (OES) More»
  • The commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by OES through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding.” (OES)
  • Several academic collaborations - in nursing, transport logistics, general studies - between the University of Michigan and the University of Johannesburg 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»
  • 294 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Michigan through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.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»
  • Partnerships

  • 13 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Michigan on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Michigan residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 8,651 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Yaha Basha, CEO of the medical diagnostics firm Basha Diagnostics, engaged Finnish audiences on entrepreneurship and immigration. He shared his insights about successfully integrating new immigrants into the community and workforce. This program set the stage for a May 2017 visit to Washington D.C., Illinois, and Virginia by the Finnish Minister of Justice and Employment to explore aspects of social integration. While in the United States, the Minister spoke about the direction he will steer his agency, with an increased focus on more rapid employment. His comments clearly reflected the guidance he learned from Yaha Basha. (IIP) More»
  • The American Corner at National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) in Lusaka Zambia hosted 12 students from Spring Arbor University in Michigan, so they could take part in an educational and cultural exchange. (IIP) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 2,536. 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 Department of State facilitates the Michigan National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Liberia, founded in 2009. (PM) 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 Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partnered with Michigan Tech Research Institute to provide expertise on glacier systems in Chile to improve understanding of the contribution of glaciers to available water resources. (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year: 456,486. (CA) More»
  • The Detroit Passport Center, the National Passport Information Center employ 34 government and 32 contract staff. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 307. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 152 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Michigan. 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/OCS) 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 Detroit, Michigan. 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 Detroit Resident Office reports to the Chicago Field Office. (DSS) More»