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

  • In FY17, Tennessee-based companies received approval to export $434,465,532 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Tennessee hosted 3,862 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • U.S. Department of State contributed $2,486,339 to Oak Ridge, Tennessee for implementation of the Partnership for Nuclear Security Program, which promotes cooperative partnerships between the U.S. and international institutions on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. (ISN/CTR) More»
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex received a total of $1,216,363 from the Department of State to invest in the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Embassy Phnom Penh held two “Great American Whiskey Tasting” events to increase sales of U.S.-made whiskeys and spirits in the Cambodian market. The events attracted over 150 members of Cambodia’s food and beverage, hotel, and tourist business communities and involved 12 U.S. brands. (EAP) More»
  • In March 2017, State of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Nissan officials formally opened the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro's Smyrna Campus and Nissan Training Center, a campus aimed at preparing students and Nissan employees for careers in advanced manufacturing and other fields. (EAP) More»
  • Japan’s Tsubaki Automotive LLC, an auto parts maker, announced in August 2017 that it will expand operations in Tennessee by building a 50,000-square-foot-facility in Portland that will become the home of its Portland operation in 2018. The $35.8 million investment will add 70 new jobs over five years. (EAP) More»
  • Japanese auto parts and systems supplier Denso Corp. announced in October 2017 that it plans to invest $1 billion in its Maryville, Tennessee plant to develop vehicle electrification and safety systems, creating around 1,000 jobs. (EAP) More»
  • In April 2017, Japan-based automotive supplier Topre America Corp. announced it will expand operations at its Smyrna manufacturing facility. Its $38.2 million investment is expected to create 35 new jobs. (EAP) 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 $33.2 billion (2017) support approximately 146,976 Tennessean jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Tennessean supports an additional 163,500 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Tennessee. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Vallera Gibson): 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»
  • 28 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Tennessee were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 24 international students received a Fulbright to study in Tennessee in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 9,957 international higher education students studied abroad in Tennessee in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 304 exchange visitors from overseas visited Tennessee, and 208 Tennessee residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Tennessee. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • University of Tennessee 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»
  • SCA, working with the Department of Commerce, funded a Special American Business Internship Training tour on Intermodal Transportation and Logistics for 17 representatives from both the government and private sectors from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The delegation traveled to Washington, DC; Virginia; Maryland; Tennessee; and Illinois. The delegation learned about different modes of transportation, how they are regulated, and the government’s role in the development of intermodal transportation at the local, state, federal and international level. (SCA) More»
  • The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – launched and sustained by the State Department – is a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. Across the world, cities are on the frontline of building resilience to radicalization to violence. Local governments, whether cities, municipalities or towns, are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from community polarization and radicalization through partnerships with local communities. The SCN is made up of over 120 cities worldwide. In the U.S., SCN members include: Atlanta, GA; Aurora, CO; Chattanooga, TN; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery County, MD; New York, NY; and San Diego, CA. The mayors of both Anaheim and Chattanooga participated in the SCN Global Meeting in Denmark in May 2017. (CT) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,048. 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»
  • 4 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Tennessee on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Tennessee National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Bulgaria, founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • The American Center hosted a group of 16 student-athletes from University of Tennessee, traveling through Vietnam on a leadership program, performing acts of service through sports. Cultural Affairs Officer David Turnbull gave the students a brief talk on our bilateral relations with Vietnam and the role of the Department of State. The students gained a better understanding of the role embassies and consulates play, particularly in public affairs, and learned about opportunities for exchanges through mission programs. (IIP) More»
  • The INL Bureau partnered with the Nashville City Police Academy and Kentucky State Police Academy in 2017 to convince the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOI) of the merits of a single Basic Patrol Police Academy as an entry point into the Ukrainian police force. As a result, all future police in Ukraine will be recruited into the police force through the Patrol Police and trained according to the same six-month basic Patrol Police training program administered by Patrol Police instructors. More»
  • Mexico partners with the American Polygraph Association (Chattanooga, TN) to provide polygraph training updates in accordance with international best practices. In 2017, 60 Mexican officials participated in their annual seminar in Las Vegas, NV. (INL) More»
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the University of Tennessee, Purdue University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences promotes research collaboration on climate change, sustainability, and environmental aspects of bioenergy production. (EAP/OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 242,532. (CA) More»
    • 113 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 187 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Tennessee. 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 Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO) 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 Miami Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Tennessee. (DSS) More»