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Jobs and Economy

  • In FY17, Maine-based companies received approval to export $23,310,311 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/ 
  • Maine hosted 5,357 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 $2.8 billion. Those exports supported approximately 17,568 Maine jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Maine supports an additional 34,200 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/me.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 $155 million to the economy of the state of Maine for potatoes, and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like apples and blueberries. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=maine&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Maine. (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 7 active participants from the state of Maine. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Philip Beekman): 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 
  • 37 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Maine were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 9 international students received a Fulbright to study in Maine. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 6 students from Maine 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 
  • 1,343 international higher education students studied abroad in Maine. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 95 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maine and 49 Maine 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/ 

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/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Maine National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Montenegro, founded in 2006. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • With State Department support, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), a federal prosecutor from Maine has been deployed to Senegal to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions in West Africa. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-opdat 
  • 184 Maine residents hosted or supported 63 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 3,469 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has awarded funds to the Biodiversity Research Institute to reduce the supply and availability of mercury (Hg) for the artisanal small-scale gold mining sector in Indonesia through amending the draft National Implementation Plan (NIP), and by securely storing confiscated Hg, Hg by-products, and recovered Hg from the oil & gas sector at the local level. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.briloon.org/hgcenter 
  • During the two-year U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015 – 2017), Maine hosted five international working group meetings in Portland and Orno, including the third Senior Arctic Officials Meeting. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • Atlantic salmon, once native to rivers throughout New England, are critically endangered in the United States. Given their extensive range in the North Atlantic, the recovery of these salmon requires both domestic and international action. The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, promotes the conservation, restoration, enhancement, and rational management of salmon stocks across the North Atlantic Ocean through international cooperation, where OES/OMC is represented on the U.S. delegation. In coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, OES/OMC works through NASCO to promote conservation, scientific research, and minimize impacts on U.S.-origin Atlantic salmon caught in foreign fisheries. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • 2019 will be the focal year of the International Year of the Salmon (IYS), a joint North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission (NPAFC) initiative to raise awareness on the importance of wild salmon and support research to restore and maintain sustainable populations. OES has supported IYS through voluntary contributions to NASCO and NPAFC in recent years. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • Researchers from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Jackson Laboratory, and Maine Medical Center Research Institute 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/ 

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