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Partnerships

  • Cargill Incorporated (headquartered in Wayzata, MN) and Care USA 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/ 
  • The Department of State is partnering with the University of Minnesota to advance the One Health concept, which recognizes and seeks to promote understanding of the health links between humans, animals, and ecosystems. The One Health approach is improving the health of people, animals, and the environment in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam as part of the Department of State’s Lower Mekong Initiative. The effort will also promote gender equality in developing a One Health workforce of doctors, veterinarians, and biologists. The same team was also engaged in the implementation of the first-ever Table Top Exercise on One Health in the Arctic Council (held February 2017 in Anchorage) and an IVLP program sponsored by Embassy Helsinki with participants from five countries (Canada, Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Russia). The program took place in Minnesota and Alaska (May 15-25) and focused on cementing stronger ties among Arctic Council members on One Health and health security. The second-ever exercise was held in December 2018 in Ottawa. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/respond/OneHealth/home.html 
  • The commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by OES through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.glfc.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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) More: http://www.birdf.com/ 
  • Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota began his tenure as Science Envoy for Health Security in 2018. (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/ 
  • An IVLP On Demand delegation from Canada, Iceland, Norway, and Finland visited Minnesota and Alaska in May 2018. Participants shared information about innovative technologies, training programs, and practices for sharing information about biological and chemical risks arising from wildlife and the natural environment, which are key health threats across the Arctic region. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 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/ 
  • 560 Minnesota residents hosted or supported 758 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 2,027 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 31 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Minnesota 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 Minnesota National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Latvia, 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/ 

Travel and Security

Jobs and Economy

  • Minnesota hosted 5,692 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 $22.6 billion. Those exports supported approximately 118,458 Minnesotan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Minnesota supports an additional 119,700 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/mn.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 $297 million to the economy of the state of Minnesota for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and another $102 million for beans, and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like apples, sunflowers, and pumpkins. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=minnesota&year=2017 
  • In FY17, Minnesota-based companies received approval to export $50,657,321 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/ 
  • The New York Foreign Press Center organized a press event to highlight Minnesota’s bid to host the 2023 Expo or World’s Fair. Journalists met with a U.S. Department of State official who discussed efforts to bring the Expo to the United States (November, 2017). (Source: Bureau of Public Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-public-diplomacy-and-public-affairs/bureau-of-public-affairs/ 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Minnesota. (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 14 active participants from the state of Minnesota. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dale Giovengo): 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 
  • 53 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Minnesota were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 51 international students received a Fulbright to study in Minnesota. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 62 students from Minnesota 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 
  • 15,695 international higher education students studied abroad in Minnesota. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 849 exchange visitors from overseas visited Minnesota and 175 Minnesota 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/ 
  • 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 law program at University of Minnesota. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • The Catholic University of Valparaíso is replicating the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Network model. This U.S. Embassy Santiago-supported technical partnership will strengthen civic engagement and English language skills among Chilean higher education students through the implementation of an Open Textbook development strategy and digital Open Educational Resources. These methodologies will help expand English language proficiency, in addition to enhancing technological collaboration for the development of digital content and platforms. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://openbooks.biblioteca.ucv.cl/ 
  • The University of Minnesota Medical School, Bethel University and Metropolitan State University are members of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs 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)
  • The Lincoln Corner Islamabad launched a program series named “Flavors of the U.S. - a virtual traveling tour of the U.S.” The series began with a stop in Minnesota. Mission Speaker, Ronald Miller (Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Islamabad) spoke about the history, demographics, geography, culture, and other social aspects of the State. He shared facts about the State's population, the many different languages and dialects, economic and financial activity, and the importance of the state's contribution to the U.S. national economy. The program aimed at enhancing the people-to-people connections between Pakistan and the United States. (Source: American Spaces) More: https://americanspaces.state.gov/home/ 

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