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Partnerships

  • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted a press briefing for the President and CEO of The Orlando Economic Partnership to discuss economic development and trade in the Orlando region with foreign correspondents (September, 2017). (Source: Bureau of Public Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/foreign-press-centers/ 
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 12 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://www.iep-global.org/programs/eco-campus-partnership/ 
  • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted a press briefing for the President and CEO of The Orlando Economic Partnership to discuss economic development and trade in the Orlando region with foreign correspondents (September, 2017). (Source: Bureau of Public Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/foreign-press-centers/ 
  • 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/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has 18 Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) positions concentrated mostly in Tampa and Miami, with a few other positions in the Panhandle, South Florida, and Key West areas supporting U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and other commands. 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/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has an agreement with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), through which NFSTC provides forensic training to Panama, Morocco and Honduras. In 2018, NFSTC assessed Honduran forensic capabilities and provided assistance with the development of a standard operating procedure in forensics. In Morocco, INL’s effort assisted Morocco to obtain international accreditation in DNA forensics at the General Directorate for National Security’s National Lab in Rabat. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.nfstc.org/ 
  • In El Salvador, INL has partnered with the Regional Community Policing Institute at St. Petersburg College (SPC) since 2017. In 2018, SPC continued to deliver training, including intelligence-led policing, basic and advanced community policing, and sexual assault investigation training to Salvadoran Model Police Precinct (MPP) officers. SPC provides advising and mentoring to Salvadoran police commanders, mid-ranking officer and patrol personnel, as well as the Police Intelligence Center. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://cop.spcollege.edu/ 
  • INL has partnered with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) since 2012. In 2018, MDPD conducted eight training programs to build the capacity of foreign counterparts. MDPD trained officers from the Western Hemisphere in crime scene management; Special Weapons and Tactics and civil order management; mid-level police leadership; and crime scene management and investigations. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) INL has formally partnered with the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (MDSPD) since 2015. In 2018, the Guatemalan National Police continued to implement the School Resource Officer Program, developed in coordination with MDSPD. MDSPD also continued to work with Morocco on their School Resource Officer program by visiting the country three times to assess and provide program recommendations. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • INL has partnered with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) since 2013. In 2018, PBSO trained Haitian National Police (HNP) in the deployment and use of ballistic shields to enhance the HNP’s policing and crowd control capabilities. PBSO conducted a homicide investigation course for Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, investigators to develop and expand communications strategies and capabilities with Trinidad and Tobago citizens and the media. PBSO conducted communications strategy assessments for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras police organizations. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://www.pbso.org/ 
  • INL partnered with Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) in 2015. In 2018, OCSO trained Mexican federal and municipal law enforcement officers in Special Weapons and Tactics, helping the officers to successfully execute high-level search and arrest warrants and respond to critical events. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • INL initiated a partnership with Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO) to deliver School Resource Officer (SRO) training to Salvadoran PNC prevention officers. As part of the training, participants toured St. Petersburg High School to observe how officers engage with schools. Sixty Salvadoran officers received training and certification in 2018. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.fasro.net/ 
  • INL funded a study visit for senior law enforcement officials from Ghana to Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, to support our Ghana Border Management and Integration Program, in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The visit included a review of legal authorities needed by border agencies to effectively carry out their myriad responsibilities, observation of CBP’s Jacksonville Seaport field office and Air & Marine Operations Center, and development of a Ghanaian interagency Memorandum of Agreement (that was ultimately codified and signed in January 2019). (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.cbp.gov/ 
  • CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) held its 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute (MYTI) in Orlando to convene approximately 2,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the world to discuss solutions to the most pressing public health challenges threatening communities. Over 70 participants from 21 different countries attended the MYTI in Florida including three mayors from Ecuador, Costa Rica and Uruguay. Eight international training tracks were offered in Spanish, English, and Russian. Networking sessions for African Coalition Leaders was also offered. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.cadca.org/ 
  • INL has an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for a foreign assistance project in The Gambia. The project goal is to build Gambian investigative capacity on kleptocracy and financial crimes through case-based mentorship. Under this project, since 2017, HSI special agents, intel specialists, and forensic auditors from HSI’s office in Miami, FL, have travelled for extended periods of time to The Gambia to provide training, subject matter expertise, and mentorship on Gambian cases and cases of mutual U.S.-Gambian interest. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.ice.gov/hsi 
  • Forty-five emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Florida on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • 4,473 Florida residents hosted or supported 1,251 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 23,941 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • Forty-four emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Florida on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • Florida residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 32,356 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • Florida International University part of the Diplomacy Lab network 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. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • Travelers from the Lower Mekong Initiative Sub-Region visited Miami-Dade County, Florida to learn about local vector control and vector-borne disease prevention methods, many of which are applicable to their home countries, in October 2018. The group also visited Harris County (Houston), Texas. The week culminated with a series of action plans to chart next steps and enhance cooperation between U.S. experts and Lower Mekong vector control officers. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-political-affairs/bureau-of-east-asian-and-pacific-affairs/ 
  • From May 12 to 14, 2018, Battelle Memorial Institute sponsored nineteen international participants through an OES grant to visit communities which are affected by mosquito-borne diseases in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The trip included presentations by the Miami-Dade Health Department. The visit highlighted U.S. expertise regarding the unique social and geographic factors that impacts mosquito-borne disease response in the region and detailed the epidemiological, emergency management, public works, and vector control aspects of local prevention and response 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 Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, and the University of South Florida 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/ 
  • Businesses from Florida 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)
  • Researchers from the University of Florida and the University of South Florida were 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 magnetism and spintronics, and functional proteomics. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Florida, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the University of South Florida received grants from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fundfor research projects with Egyptian scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the Joint Fund enables American scientists to conduct high impact research in the fields of agriculture, energy, health, and water and promotes U.S. – Egypt science and technology cooperation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Egypt/pga_156529 
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Delise O’Meally, executive director of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, engaged Lithuanian educators and students on how to pursue studies in the United States as student athletes. During the program, O’Meally explained the application and recruitment processes, and steps to establishing and maintaining NCAA eligibility. Post’s EducationUSA programs continue to draw from O’Meally’s program to educate student athletes and their parents to increase diversity in U.S. classrooms. Embassy Vilnius believes this program will directly lead to more Lithuanian students enrolling in U.S. universities and colleges. (Source: Bureau of International Information Programs) The Department of State facilitates the Florida National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Guyana founded in 2003. (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

Jobs and Economy

  • Florida hosted 14,031 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/ 
  • In FY17, Florida-based companies received approval to export $2,227,059,118 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/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • Florida-based companies were approved to provide approximately $780 million in defense equipment and services to U.S. partners under the Foreign Military Sales program, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. (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/ 
  • AAR Corp took over as the contractor in June FY18 for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Air Wing’s worldwide headquarters operations, based in Melbourne, FL, employing 257 personnel. (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 $57.2 billion. Those exports supported approximately 232,253 Floridian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Florida supports an additional 348,800 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/fl.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 more than $1 billion to the economy of the state of Florida for oranges plus billions more for other agricultural products such as strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, grapefruits, beans, and many others. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=florida&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Florida. (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 72 active participants from the state of Florida. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amy Radetsky - Northern Florida, and Monique Quesada - Southern Florida): 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 
  • Forty-seven scholars, students, and teachers from Florida were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 157 international students received a Fulbright to study in Florida. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 132 students from Florida 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 
  • 46,516 international higher education students studied abroad in Florida. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 1,503 exchange visitors from overseas visited Florida and 533 Florida 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/ 
  • Florida International University 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. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations across the State of Florida, such as at the Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the International Air Weapons Controller Course at Tyndall Air Force Base, the Naval School of Explosive Ordinance Disposal at Eglin AFB, the NETSAFA International Training Center in Pensacola, and the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the U.S. and the State of Florida 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/ 
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  • University of Miami is a member 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. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • Forty-four emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Florida on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • Florida residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 32,356 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • In 2018, through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (Peru) have teamed up to bring research opportunities to STEM students from low-income backgrounds in Peru and the United States. This partnership provides students from both participating universities the opportunity to pursue research at laboratories internationally in projects not available at their home institutions, such as chemical sensors, renewable energy sources, and environmental science. The universities commit to breaking barriers caused by language and lack of economic resources and will introduce a long-term program as a pathway between universities in Peru and the United States, enabling underrepresented students to develop skills in research, language, and cultural and scientific competencies. (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. Three Fulbright graduate students are completing five-year programs studying biology and entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 

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