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

Fast Fact

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and former U.S. Senator and Governor Kit Bond are 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

  • In April 2017, Japan’s Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. announced plans to expand its frozen foods business by building a new frozen appetizer production plant in Joplin that will create 220-240 jobs. (EAP) More»
  • Missouri hosted 3,837 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, Missouri-based companies received approval to export $202,027,707 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • In 2017, two partnerships were created between Missouri-based small business centers and small business centers in Colombia and Honduras under the Small Business Network of the Americas Small Grants Program. (WHA) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) protects the American seed industry’s ability to access materials and information for research and breeding through our engagement in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Seed companies, such as Iowa-based Dupont-Pioneer, and Missouri-based Monsanto, depend on access to these resources to develop new crop varieties to bring to market. Seed and Biotech sales for the three major U.S. agrichemical companies, Dow Chemical, Dupont, and Monsanto, were over $18.4 billion. (OES/ECW)
  • 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 $14.2 billion (2017) support approximately 84,868 Missourian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Missouri supports an additional 110,000 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Missouri. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): 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»
  • 32 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Missouri were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 67 international students received a Fulbright to study in Missouri in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 23,261 international higher education students studied abroad in Missouri in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 373 exchange visitors from overseas visited Missouri, and 358 Missouri residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Engineer School, and Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the U.S. and the State of Missouri while supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • OES/IHB partnered with students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology via the Diplomacy Lab program starting in August 2017. The students (under the oversight of a professor) worked on a series of projects to examine the efficacy of global awareness raising materials related to antimicriobial resistance. (OES)
  • Partnerships

  • 11 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Missouri on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Missouri residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 10,636 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Missouri University of Science & 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»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,227. 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 Missouri National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Panama, founded in 1996. (PM) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 276,923. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 190. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 131 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Missouri. 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 United Nations Peace Plaza is situated in Independence, near the Truman Presidential Library. (IO) 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 St. Louis, Missouri. 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 St. Louis Resident Office reports to the Chicago Field Office. (DSS) More»