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Partnerships

  • Georgia Institute of Technology and Kennesaw State University are 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/ 
  • Care USA (headquartered in Atlanta) and Cargill Incorporated were recognized for their partnership “Nourishing the Future in Central America.” The partnership was one of five finalists for 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/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Judges/Rule of Law sent five Georgian judges visited Georgia on the Open World program, where they learned about the U.S. judicial system, the structure of the federal court system and state court systems, and the jurisdiction of the federal and state courts. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program between Atlanta-based Coca-Cola and the Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy of Technology researched and developed a way to use agricultural waste to produce plastic bottles. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The Department of State partners with Atlanta-based Cooperative for Assistance Relief Everywhere (CARE) in expanding the reach of Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) members. The program reaches from the capital cities of Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda to remote villages, and works to accomplish the objectives of the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) Battelle Memorial Institute sponsored nineteen international participants through an OES grant to visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia from May 6 to 9, 2018 to learn about U.S. expertise in the fundamentals of crisis and emergency risk education and communication regarding mosquito-borne diseases. 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 Emory University 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 
  • Researcher from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Maryland 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 Georgia 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 Maryland was awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct a workshop related to cooperation between the United States and India on investigation of the Indian Ocean. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted a press briefing for the President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority and Senior Director of Economic Development for the Georgia Ports Authority to discuss economic development and trade through the Port of Savannah with foreign correspondents. The Port of Savannah, the nation’s fastest growing and fourth largest, can serve 80% of the U.S. population within two days. Nearly 75% of imports/exports from the Savannah Port are from Asia. (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/ 
  • 469 Georgia residents hosted or supported 643 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 2,845 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 99 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Georgia on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • Banyan Communications, an Atlanta-based communications and web-design firm, was awarded a contract to produce an online version of the Universal Treatment Curriculum, an INL-funded set of courses that promote the use of evidence-based best practices in treatment for substance use disorders. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • Since 2014, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has partnered with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to train police at the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) in countering bias-motivated crimes (hate crimes). In 2018, INL launched additional cooperative activities with APD to train judges, prosecutors and police officers at ILEA Budapest and ILEA San Salvador. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://www.atlantapd.org/ 
  • INL funded a study visit for senior law enforcement officials from Ghana to Savannah, GA, to see the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) laboratory. The visit contributed to our Ghana Border Management and Integration Program. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.cbp.gov/ 
  • Through a partnership with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsythe, Georgia, the INL provides training to law enforcement professionals from the Republic of Georgia. In September 2018, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center welcomed 19 police officers from the Republic of Georgia and other officials to participate in Police and Driving Instructor training courses. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.gpstc.org/ 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $4,000,000 to University of Georgia Research Foundation to develop methodologies to measure the prevalence and impact of human trafficking in two Sub-Saharan Africa countries. (Source: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/office-to-monitor-and-combat-trafficking-in-persons/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Georgia National Guard State Partnership Program with Georgia founded in 1994. (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

  • In FY17, Georgia-based companies received approval to export $412,463,870 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/ 
  • In February 2017, Japan’s Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) began producing utility vehicles at a new facility in Gainesville with capacity to produce up to 75,000 vehicles annually. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) In August 2017, Rinnai, a Japan-based home appliances manufacturer, announced it will create 150 jobs and invest $69 million with the completion of the company’s first U.S. manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia. Rinnai expects to create 300 jobs with this new facility over the next 10 years. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) Georgia hosted 4,585 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/ 
  • 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 $40.5 billion. Those exports supported approximately 181,731 Georgian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Georgia supports an additional 239,200 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ga.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 $795 million to the economy of the state of Georgia for cotton and hundreds of millions more for other agricultural products such as melons, blueberries, cucumbers, peaches, 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=georgia&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Georgia. (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 56 active participants from the state of Georgia.

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Vallera Gibson (Northern) and Amy Radetsky (South): 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 
  • 42 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Georgia were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 172 international students received a Fulbright to study in Georgia. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 130 students from Georgia 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 
  • 22,789 international higher education students studied abroad in Georgia. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 813 exchange visitors from overseas visited Georgia and 357 Georgia 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/ 
  • One high school student from Georgia participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) Conger Enterprises, LLC received $21,356 to develop and conduct a root cause analysis training course for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide the experts with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate an effective problem analysis. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-international-security-and-nonproliferation/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Managua sent 10 exceptional and economically-disadvantaged Access and College Horizons students on a 10-week Total English Immersion Program to Georgia State University. Students improved their English-language skills and cultural understanding of the United States. English provides an opportunity for increased economic opportunities in Nicaragua, reducing the likelihood of immigration. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://ni.usembassy.gov/total-english-immersion-program-scholarship-access-chop-2017/ 
  • Georgia Southern University and Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil) are collaborating to create a new, bilateral study abroad experience that will provide students with innovative, hands-on and experiential learning activities and enable them to reflect on their new cultural and technical knowledge in the fields of political science, sociology, and chemistry. GSU students will participate in a series of summer courses at UnB to learn about sustainable technology practices and federal policies in Brazil, while UnB students will take courses at GSU to engage in all aspects of scientific research and training techniques. 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/ 
  • Georgia Southern University and Universidad Anáhuac Mayab (Mexico) are creating a new generation of a two-way summer study abroad programs by expanding on an existing partnership. Exchanges focus on innovative hands-on and service learning activities. Students from both universities use laser-based scanning instruments to produce 3D point-cloud models of selected structures, such as a millenary Mayan ruin or modern structures to control coastal erosion. 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/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One Fulbright graduate student is completing a two-year program studying electrical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Infantry School, Armor School, NCO Academy, and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to culture and history of the U.S. and the State of Georgia 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/ 
  • Conger Enterprises, LLC received $21,356 to develop and conduct a root cause analysis training course for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide the experts with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate an effective problem analysis. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-international-security-and-nonproliferation/ 

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