U.S. Department of State In

Arizona

United States Arizona

Partnerships

  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) position assigned to U.S. Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH) based out of Tucson. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/t/pm/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) More: https://www.state.gov/j/prm/index.htm 
  • Arizona hosted 12 faculty from universities in Pakistan and Afghanistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 14 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (Source: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs) More: https://asunow.asu.edu/content/asu-receives-grant-partner-pakistan-womens-college 
  • Researchers from the University of Arizona, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona University received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • A company from Arizona received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for a joint venture with an Israeli company. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • A researcher from the University of Arizona was awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on pesticide alternatives and genomics solutions. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • A researcher from the University of Arizona was awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on pesticide alternatives and genomics solutions. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • Representatives from Arizona, in coordination with The GIST Network, hosted a set of three masterclasses in Serbia as a way to build and support local science and technology startups in the region. The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative links American investors and businesses with foreign science entrepreneurs and helps create an environment conducive to American-compatible science, technology, and innovation and business efforts. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.gistnetwork.org/ 
  • With OES funding, the USFS will host a specialist from Morocco’s High Commission on Water, Forests, and Combatting Desertification at the U.S. Forest Service International Seminar on Watershed Management in Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff, Arizona, from March 24 – April 12, 2019. During the seminar, the participant will interact with peers from around the world and learn about integrated planning and assessment for watershed health, community participation and conflict resolution, and the economic value of water. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • The Department of State facilitates the Arizona National Guard State Partnership Program with Kazakhstan, founded in 1993. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/ArticleView/tabid/5563/Article/614067/arizona-guard-members-visit-kazakhstan-strengthen-military-to-military-partners.aspx 
  • 522 Arizona residents hosted or supported 337 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 3,320 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 

Travel and Security

Jobs and Economy

  • In FY17, Arizona-based companies received approval to export $233,405,227 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/t/pm/ 
  • 556 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arizona and 462 Arizona residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • In May 2017, Japan’s Topre America Corporation announced it will invest $21 million to expand production at its Cullman County auto components manufacturing plant, creating more than 50 jobs. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  • The U.S. Department of State invested $17,320 toward a career event in Phoenix, Arizona to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) More: https://www.state.gov/t/isn/ 
  • Prime Turbines performed depot level repairs of Honeywell engines in FY18 for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Air Wing, with operations based in Mesa, AZ, employing 21 personnel. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • In Pakistan, Arizona-based VirTra Systems is installing 49 simulators procured by INL, worth $4.5 million, in police training facilities across Pakistan. When fully online, they will train thousands of police using real-world scenarios that induce the stress of an armed encounter, without the risks of using live ammunition. Officers will improve their judgment about whether or when to use force. VirTra Chairman and CEO Bob Ferris noted INL procurements drove his decision to hire 60 additional workers. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • 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. In 2018, goods exported totaled $22.3 billion. Those exports supported approximately 95,074 Arizonan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Arizona supports an additional 108,900 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/az.pdf 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $390 million to the economy of the state of Arizona for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and another $127 million for melons and tens of millions more for other agricultural products such as lemons, cotton, and peppers. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=arizona&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Arizona. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: https://careers.state.gov/connect/events/ 
  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 19 active participants from the state of Arizona. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kenneth Chavez): 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: https://careers.state.gov/connect/dir/ 
  • Arizona hosted 3,585 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/facts-and-figures/ 
  • 33 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Arizona were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 92 international students received a Fulbright to study in Arizona. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 54 students from Arizona received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 23,203 international higher education students studied abroad in Arizona. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the training of international military students at the Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca. These programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Arizona while also supporting the local economy. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • 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. These programs are designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Twenty-five educators participated in a training program at Arizona State University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/ 
  • Arizona State University received a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia to host 35 teachers in the public school sector who work in bilingual school settings for a four-week exchange in Phoenix and two-week online program. The program is the first of its kind in Brazil and was designed to assist five municipal and state education secretariats in Brazil develop capacity to deliver subjects such as mathematics and biology in English. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://asunow.asu.edu/20190212-global-engagement-asu-global-launch-innovates-english-language-curriculum-brazilian-k-12-schools 
  • The Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), based at the University of Arizona, launched the first conference of the North American Center for Collaborative Development (NACCD) in June 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Center, which emerged from the 2016 North American Leaders’ Summit and is supported by the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican governments, provides a space for the sharing of research and ideas from a wide range of academic disciplines to address North American issues and challenges. The second NACCD conference, “Education 4.0: Enhancing North American Competitiveness, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship,” took place in March 2018 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.conahec.org/ 
  • The University of Arizona and the Universidad de Guanajuato are partnering to expand student exchange innovation through the internationalization of a summer research program and will promote participation of students from the University of Arizona Summer Research Institute. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Arizona and Universidad de Guadalajara received a grant through the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, CONAHEC (U.S.) and Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior, ANUEIS (Mexico) to create a scalable Project Based Mobility Network to include targeted industry partners focused on collaborative, project-based mobility opportunities for engineering students at selected member institutions. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Arizona received a grant from the U.S. Consulate in Nogales to support women entrepreneurs in starting a new venture or taking their existing business to the next level. The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship launched the first conference in February 2019. Participants are learning to develop, pitch and execute new products, services or business models, and stay ahead of the curve by gaining a better understanding of emerging commercial technologies and processes. At the end of the program, there will be a trade show to give the participants the opportunity to grow their own business or business idea. The trade show will take place in April 2019 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://entrepreneurship.eller.arizona.edu/programs/economic-development/mcguire-mexico-scholars 
  • The University of Arizona received a grant from the U.S. Consulate in Nogales for teacher training workshops. The main goal of the workshop was that English language teachers expand their teaching methodologies, assessments and learn overall best practices for teaching English. The program took place in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico in 2018. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://sillc.arizona.edu/us-consulate-nogales-mexico-and-us-department-state 
  • The University of Arizona received a grant for journalist training workshops. Professional journalists improved their English language proficiency in all four skill areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing), through English for journalistic purposes. Course topics included social media, interviewing skills, ethics, human rights, and freedom of speech and democracy. The course included a language focus on grammatical structures and formal writing in English. The program took place in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico in 2018. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.facebook.com/ConsuladoNogales/photos/a.140159339386695/1886932494709362/?type=3&theater 
  • Pima County Community College received a grant from the U.S. Consulate in Nogales to implement the program “Si Se Puede: Empowering Myself and My Community”. The goal of this leadership program will be founded on the idea that all student participants will learn to reflect on individual and collective roles as a leader, increase leadership skills and develop action plans that address community needs. The program will take place in May 2019 in Nogales, Sonora, México. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.facebook.com/ConsuladoNogales/photos/a.140159339386695/1886932628042682/?type=3&theater 
  • Through the Sonora-Arizona Commission Summer English Program at the Pima Community College, approximately 30 people took a 4 week intensive English language program on June 2018. This program was supported by The Secretary of Education in Sonora. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.sonora.gob.mx/noticias/4079-apoya-sec-a-j%C3%B3venes-de-preparatoria-y-universidad-para-que-estudien-ingl%C3%A9s-en-arizona.html 
  • Arizona State University and Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City (Mexico) received a grant that will to expand on their global engagement. ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and ITESM’s Nutrition and Wellness programs, two programs that are not actively sending students abroad, will begin collaboration, increasing exchange opportunities for ASU’s students. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • 12 American faculty provided courses, seminars and mentoring in two partner institutions in Pakistan as part of two State Department university partnership grants. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (Source: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs) More: http://pu.edu.pk/home/section/press/5198 
  • U.S. Embassy Vilnius worked with Investigative Journalism at Vilnius University to give a grant to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to develop investigative journalism techniques and mentorship to faculty and student journalists at Vilnius University. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) More: https://cronkite.asu.edu/news-and-events/events 
  • The Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law implements a grant to assist Mexico in implementing reforms consistent with the new criminal justice system through the professionalization and institutionalization of an oral adversarial criminal justice system. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://law.asu.edu/ 
  • In Pakistan, Arizona State University (ASU) is implementing a grant at seven law schools to improve the practical skills of future attorneys and prosecutors, and increase the capability of Pakistani justice sector institutions to manage complex cases. ASU promotes improved practical research and advocacy skills through moot court competitions, law clinics, and clerkships. ASU is also improving curricula, research, and teaching methodologies through workshops and study visits. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.asu.edu/ 
  • The University of Arizona, Ottawa University and Rio Salado College are members of the INL supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. They also pursue related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • Arizona State University has participated in every high-level Science & Technology Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) with Vietnam since 2011. These meetings, facilitated by the Department of State, raise the profile of the university’s collaboration with S&T communities in both countries, leading to research and education partnerships. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://collaborate.ncura.edu/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=a7621257-3ee6-4755-bcd9-4623340f28f3 

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