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

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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 helped facilitate Thailand’s CP Foods’ $1.06 billion purchase of Bellisio Foods, headquartered in Minneapolis. (SelectUSA) (EAP) More»
  • With State Department support, police agencies in Minnesota have developed partnerships with the Somali Police Force, sending Minnesotan officers to Mogadishu and hosting Somali Police Force leadership in the Twin Cities. Public safety organizations across the state donated more than two tons of equipment valued in excess of US $100,000, as well as two ambulances and a fire truck, towards life-saving work in Mogadishu. This partnership has also strengthened the Minneapolis police departments’ outreach to Somali-Americans, improved community policing efforts, and enhanced their ability to build community resilience against radicalization to violence. (CT) More»
  • Minnesota hosted 5,976 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, Minnesota-based companies received approval to export $50,657,321 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Three partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Barbados, Brazil, and Panama. (WHA) More»
  • The New York Foreign Press Center organized a press event to highlight Minnesota’s bid to host the 2023 Expo or World’s Fair. Journalists met with a U.S. Department of State official who discussed efforts to bring the Expo to the United States. (November, 2017) (PA/FPC) 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 $20.6 billion (2017) support approximately 118,458 Minnesotan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Minnesota supports an additional 111,700 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Minnesota. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Melissa Martinez): 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»
  • 52 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Minnesota were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 49 international students received a Fulbright to study in Minnesota in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 15,389 international higher education students studied abroad in Minnesota in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 397 exchange visitors from overseas visited Minnesota, and 262 Minnesota residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) 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 law program at University of Minnesota. (WHA) More»
  • The Lincoln Corner Islamabad launched a program series named “Flavors of the U.S. - a virtual traveling tour of the U.S.” The series began with a stop in Minnesota. Mission Speaker, Ronald Miller (Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Islamabad) spoke about the history, demographics, geography, culture, and other social aspects of the State. He shared facts about the State's population, the many different languages and dialects, economic and financial activity, and the importance of the state's contribution to the U.S. national economy. The program aimed at enhancing the people-to-people connections between Pakistan and the United States. (American Spaces) (IIP) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Cargill Incorporated (headquartered in Wayzata, MN) and Care USA 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)
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,627. 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»
  • 29 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Minnesota on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Minnesota residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 5,633 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 Minnesota National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Latvia, founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • The Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including General Mills which is headquartered in Minnesota. (S/GFS) More»
  • The Department of State is partnering with the University of Minnesota to advance the One Health concept, which recognizes and seeks to promote understanding of the health links between humans, animals, and ecosystems. The One Health approach is improving the health of people, animals, and the environment in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam as part of the Department of State’s Lower Mekong Initiative. The effort will also promote gender equality in developing a One Health workforce of doctors, veterinarians, and biologists. The same team was also engaged in the implementation of the first-ever Table Top Exercise on One Health in the Arctic Council (held February 2017 in Anchorage) (OES/IHB, with EAP and with OES/OPA) 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) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 371,003. (CA) More»
  • The Minneapolis Passport Agency comprises 29 government employees and 24 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Applications Acceptance Facilities: 136. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 173 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Minnesota. 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 Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 Minneapolis Resident Office reports to the Chicago Field Office. (DSS) More»