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

Fast Fact

Ohio was the state of residence to three former Secretaries of State, who served consecutive terms: John Sherman, William Rufus Day and John Milton Hay.

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 Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed more than $5 million to the State of Ohio by participating in the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, ensuring that sustainable populations of salmon, trout, and whitefish are maintained, and that U.S. stakeholders continue to have harvest opportunities. (OES) More»
  • The Department helped facilitate Thai Investment in a petrochemical complex feasibility study by PTT Global Chemical for $100 million (potential $6 billion complex) (SelectUSA) (EAP) More»
  • The Department helped facilitate Thai investment in 2016 by CP Foods in Bellisio Foods’ single largest facility in Jackson, OH, securing 2,100 jobs. (SelectUSA) (EAP) More»
  • Japanese auto parts maker Topre America Corp. announced in December, 2016 that is will expand its Springfield operations with a $55 million investment to build a $60 million, 146,000-square-foot stamping, assembly and distribution facility that will initially create 85 jobs and possibly more. (EAP) More»
  • In April 2017, Honda R&D Americas Inc. announced that it will invest $124 million in a wind tunnel facility at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty. (EAP) More»
  • In July 2017, , Japanese auto systems and components maker Denso International America Inc. announced plans to invest $500,000 to expand its Dublin research and development activities, adding a projected 13 jobs. (EAP) More»
  • In September 2017, Honda of America Mfg., Inc. announced it will add 300 new jobs and invest $267 million to expand production at its plants in Marysville and nearby Anna. (EAP) More»
  • Ohio hosted 7,543 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, Ohio-based companies received approval to export $317,675,485 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) 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 $50.1 billion (2017) support approximately 248,978 Ohioan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Ohio supports an additional 259,000 jobs (2015). (EB) 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)
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Ohio. (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»
  • 59 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Ohio were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 109 international students received a Fulbright to study in Ohio in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 38,680 international higher education students studied abroad in Ohio in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 658 exchange visitors from overseas visited Ohio, and 394 Ohio residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia opened exhibit of Cleveland sculptors works. (EUR) More»
  • Miami University hosted six up-and-coming undergraduate leaders from Nairobi participating in the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program, which helps enhance the international orientation of U.S. campuses and bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to students, faculty and U.S. communities at large. (AF) More»
  • The Department provided $5,000 to the University of Cincinnati to support a student-run solar energy project in Ethiopia. (AF) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Ohio while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. The programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Twenty-five educators participated in a training program at Ohio State University. (WHA) More»
  • Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Lima (Peru) and Xavier University created an ongoing academic exchange program for students from both universities. Students focus on water preservation, conservation, and sustainable practices to compare the experiences of Cincinnati to Lima and offer unique solutions to environmental sustainability. These exchanges are 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 graduate student is completing a one-year Fulbright/Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program in English at Bowling Green State University. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • The Department of State facilitates the Ohio National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Hungary founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Ohio National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Serbia founded in 2005. (PM) More»
  • 90 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Ohio on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Ohio residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 11,612 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, Kevin Smith, director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University, engaged journalists in Ethiopia, Moldova, and Zambia on media ethics, data journalism, investigative reporting techniques, and countering disinformation. In turn, Smith used the materials he developed for these foreign audiences to train journalists in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus. Additionally, he is working with faculty at Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism to develop a countering disinformation news lesson plan, similar to his presentation in Moldova, that can be used by college journalism professors in Ohio to aid students in better recognizing and managing disinformation in their social media feeds. (IIP) More»
  • Miami University and Oberlin College are participating schools 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: 2,867. 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»
  • The U.S. Department of State provides funding to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Ohio, which continues to build on its expertise connecting the history of the abolition of chattel slavery with the modern anti-trafficking. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center raises public awareness of modern slavery through a virtual global network it launched with Department support. The network connects established anti-trafficking leaders around the world, publicizes their work, and inspires new leaders. More on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center here and on the Trafficking in Persons Heroes global network here. (J/TIP)
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Columbus/Franklin County, Columbus Sister Cities International, and the City of Hefei of Anhui Province founded projects focused on electric vehicles, wetlands, green buildings, and converting solid waste methane to energy. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Case Western University and China National Off-Shore Corp-New Energy Investment, Inc. focused on clean and efficient transportation. (EAP/OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 489,910. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 402. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 210 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Ohio. 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 with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for 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. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the Chicago Field Office and the Detroit Resident Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Ohio. (DSS) More»