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Partnerships

  • iDE (headquartered in Denver), the Bangladesh Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Unicef, and Rangpur Foundry Ltd. (RFL) were recognized for their partnership “Sanitation Marketing Systems in Bangladesh.” The partnership won the 4th annual P3 Impact Award in 2017. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2017 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Grand Junction-based Raven Ridge Resources and Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection seeks to unlock the Chinese market for draining and utilizing coal mine methane. Doing so can potentially reduce a powerful greenhouse gas, improve mine safety, and produce a new energy source. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Denver with Ford Motor Company and the City of Chongqing with Chang’an Motors focused on implementation of electric and hybrid vehicles. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • Nearly $2.5 million in grants to the Governor’s Climate and Forests Fund in Boulder reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, and conserves biodiversity by supporting the development of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) capacity and activities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://theredddesk.org/what-is-redd 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded funds to the Colorado School of Mines to work on reducing mercury use in Peru’s artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. They are partnering with two universities in Peru on participatory development of techniques for mercury-free processing of gold ore. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) continues to implement a grant for the GLOBE program to engage thousands of students, teachers, and community leaders in targeted Zika-affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean to collect data on mosquito breeding for a NASA-based global mapping project. The program, which runs from October 2017 to September 2019, will encourage STEM studies, raise awareness in communities regarding protective measures they can take against mosquito-borne infectious disease, and also improve the tracking and control of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses through crowdsourced data. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.globe.gov/ 
  • Battelle Memorial Institute sponsored nineteen international participants through an OES grant – Mission Mosquito – to visit the Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) research facility at the Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER) in Nunn, Colorado from May 10 to 11, 2018. The focus of the visits was for the participants to learn about U.S. expertise in mosquito control and the increasing challenge of pesticide resistance, as well as data collection and surveillance efforts. The Mission Mosquito program, which runs from October 2017 to August 2019, will establish a self-sustaining international network among community leaders and trusted health practitioners, scientists, journalists, and educators to spur innovation in public engagement, and develop/implement communication strategies and follow-on programming that drive impactful and locally appropriate solutions. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.battelle.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder received funding from the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation program, which seeks to facilitate scientific cooperation between scientists in the two countries, thus benefiting U.S.-based researchers in selected areas. The researchers worked with their Pakistani counterparts to submit a joint project proposal that was merit reviewed by representatives from both countries and selected for funding. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/pakistan/index.htm 
  • Researchers from the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin, and the University of Colorado 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/ 
  • Companies from Colorado received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for joint ventures with Israeli companies. 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)
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has three Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) positions assigned to the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and one POLAD position assigned to the Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH), all based out of Colorado Springs. 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 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism) More: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/index.htm 
  • Issued contracts to Colorado-based companies to support the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs foreign assistance programs, such as Refai International Group, who delivered police training equipment to Guinea. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • INL has partnered with the Denver Police Department (DPD) since 2013. In 2018, DPD trained Criminal Police officers from the Ministry of Public Security in homicide investigations. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/police-department.html 
  • 903 Colorado residents hosted or supported 715 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 12,240 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 23 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Colorado on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Colorado National Guard State Partnership Program with Slovenia founded in 1993. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Colorado National Guard State Partnership Program with Jordan founded in 2004. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 355,873. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 126. (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 141 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Colorado. 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: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption/adopt_ref/adoption-statistics.html 
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mesa Verde National Park. (Source: Bureau of International Organization Affairs) More: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/27 
  • Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Colorado: 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. 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 – Resident Office: San Francisco Investigative Field Office) More: https://www.state.gov/m/ds/index.htm 

Jobs and Economy

  • In FY17, Colorado-based companies received approval to export $423,891,953 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/ 
  • Colorado hosted 9.933 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 Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) contributed more than $2.9 million to the economy of Colorado through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/j/inl/index.htm 
  • 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 $8.3 billion. Those exports supported approximately 40,421 Coloradan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Colorado supports an additional 107,400 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/co.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 $472 million to the economy of the state of Colorado for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and another $198 million for potatoes, plus tens of millions more for other agricultural products like beans, peaches, and sunflowers. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=colorado&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Colorado. (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 13 active participants from the state of Colorado.

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Stewart Devine): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. and 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 
  • 21 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Colorado were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 60 international students received a Fulbright to study in Colorado. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 70 students from Colorado 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 
  • 11,639 international higher education students studied abroad in Colorado. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 839 exchange visitors from overseas visited Colorado and 132 Colorado 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/ 
  • Colorado State University’s two campuses in Pueblo and Fort Collins are collaborating with Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur of Mexico to develop an ecotourism education program and to establish an Institute for Ecotourism Studies. This project provides opportunities for students to engage in immersive, field-based academic courses and cultural exchange while expanding knowledge and understanding around the issues of ecotourism and sustainable development. This partnership is 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/ 
  • University of Denver, along with Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile) received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant to facilitate an exchange program that will meet urgent, community mental health needs and play a critical role in training linguistically- and culturally-competent mental health providers. U.S. students will travel to Chile to visit clinical sites in various areas of psychology and participate in didactic and case study presentations with Chilean students and faculty. Chilean students will travel to Denver to complete a practicum experience with community mental health agencies. This program is ongoing. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission has awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. A student began a two-year graduate studies program in 2018 at the University of Colorado focusing on natural resources. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • In January 2018, 12 undergraduate engineering students from Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) attended a two-week international learning experience at the University of Colorado Boulder, which included seminars, site visits, and cultural excursions. The goal of the program is to establish ongoing collaboration between the engineering schools of both institutions. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://ingenieria.udp.cl/alumnos-de-la-facultad-de-ingenieria-y-ciencias-tuvieron-exitoso-paso-por-la-universidad-de-colorado-boulder/ 

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