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Louisiana

Louisiana

Partnerships

  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Jeffrey Soule, director of Outreach and International Programs for the American Planning Association (APA), engaged a wide range of Chinese audiences in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenyang, and Wuhan on urban planning and the benefits of densification. As a direct result of his program, 26 planning officials from Chengdu traveled to the United States for a September 2017 training session, and a group of leaders from the Beijing Planning Commission visited the United States in January 2018. (Source: Bureau of International Information Programs)
  • 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 
  • 274 Louisiana residents hosted or supported 569 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 1,774 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership program between Tulane University and East China Normal University developed a global model for the sustainability of coastal cities, focused on restoration, conservation and enhancement of environmentally sensitive wetland areas. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • Researchers from Tulane 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/ 
  • The United States Coast Guard hosted an international meeting for the Arctic Council’s Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response working group in New Orleans in December 2018. The workshop included a panel discussion with local indigenous populations and small communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill sharing lessons learned and best practices working with responders. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.eppr.org/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Louisiana National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Belize founded in 1996. (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 Louisiana National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Haiti founded in 2011. (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, Louisiana-based companies received approval to export $2,270,282 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/ 
  • Louisiana hosted 1,679 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 $66.2 billion. Those exports supported approximately 128,623 Louisianan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Louisiana supports an additional 67,700 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/la.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 $139 million to the economy of the state of Louisiana for cotton and another $51 million for sweet potatoes. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=louisiana&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Louisiana. (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 8 active participants from the state of Louisiana.

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 
  • Fourteen Scholars, Students and Teachers from Louisiana were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 35 international students received a Fulbright to study in Louisiana. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • Fourteen students from Louisiana 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 
  • 7,750 international higher education students studied abroad in Louisiana. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 632 exchange visitors from overseas visited Louisiana and 161 Louisiana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
  • 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. One Fulbright graduate student began a two-year program studying marine biology at Iowa State University in 2018. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • Louisiana State University and the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura in Honduras received a grant for both schools to offer study abroad opportunities for students from low-income, rural, indigenous, and Afro-Honduran populations who study agriculture. These exchanges were 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/ 

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