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Jobs and Economy

  • In FY17, Arkansas-based companies received approval to export $14,803,443 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/ 
  • Arkansas hosted 1,146 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/ 
  • 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 $6.4 billion. Those exports supported approximately 41,168 Arkansan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Arkansas supports an additional 47,000 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ar.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 $370 million to the economy of the state of Arkansas for cotton. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=arkansas&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Arkansas. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/engage/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 4 active participants from the state of Arkansas. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Tanya Anderson): 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: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • Six Scholars, Students and Teachers from Arkansas were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 46 international students received a Fulbright to study in Arkansas. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 36 students from Arkansas received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. 5,376 international higher education students studied abroad in Arkansas. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 264 exchange visitors from overseas visited Arkansas and 49 Arkansas 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 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. Fifteen students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Central Arkansas. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • University of Central Arkansas and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (Mexico) planned a program in which 10-15 undergraduate students from each institution study at the respective partner’s campus during the 2018 summer term. Both institutions targets minority students studying in the STEM disciplines and from underrepresented populations, providing the opportunity for language and cultural immersion while gaining knowledge on ecological sustainability through service-learning projects. These exchanges form 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • A 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua (USMA - Panama) and University of Arkansas is increasing student exchanges between the universities, building capacity at USMA to provide support to U.S. students for short-term programs, including service learning, establishing a visiting faculty program where Arkansas faculty will teach courses at USMA, and creating a two way corporate internship program. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • With their 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and SENA Centro de Formación Agroindustrial "La Angostura", Regional Huila (Colombia) are creating new exchange programs in food safety to promote greater fish product diversification in the Americas. U.S. students will have experience working together with Colombian students in aquaculture and fisheries sectors through emerging partnerships in this 100K project. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. In 2017, one Fulbright graduate student began a four-year program studying environmental science at the University of Arkansas. This program has co-funding from the Asociación Los Andes de Cajamarca (ALAC), established for young professionals in technical fields from the northwest Cajamarca region of Peru. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 

Partnerships

  • 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 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $3,100,000 to Winrock International to combat child sex trafficking and forced child labor in Jamaica. (Source: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons) – More: https://www.state.gov/j/tip/index.htm 
  • A grant awarded to Little Rock-based Winrock International focuses on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries through training and educational outreach by producing a number of analytic papers on key REDD+ topics and facilitating workshops. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://theredddesk.org/what-redd 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Arkansas National Guard State Partnership Program with Guatemala, founded in 2002. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • 290 Arkansas residents hosted or supported 216 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 1,077 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 16 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Arkansas on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 89,012. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 64. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/DefaultForm.aspx 
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs issued visas to 34 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Arkansas. 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. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: http://adoption.state.gov/about_us/statistics.php 
  • Diplomatic Security Miami Field Office serves Arkansas: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security) – More: https://www.state.gov/m/ds/index.htm 

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