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Mississippi

Partnerships

  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Parliament Members sent five Members of Parliament of Georgia visited Mississippi on the Open World program, where they were introduced to the work of local government and its interaction with the U.S. federal government. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the Mississippi River Basin and the Yangtze River Basin promotes fisheries monitoring, habitats conservation, sustainable fisheries policy, and integrated river basin management. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi 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 
  • A researcher from the University of Mississippi received a grant from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund for 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 
  • 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 Mississippi National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Bolivia founded in 1999. (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 Mississippi National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Uzbekistan founded in 2012. (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 July 2017, automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei of Japan announced a $16 million investment to expand its operations in Madison, Mississippi, a move that will create about 100 jobs. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: https://www.mississippi.org/general/global-automotive-supplier-calsonic-kansei-expands-in-madison/ 
  • Mississippi hosted 627 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 $11.8 billion. Those exports supported approximately 51,113 Mississippian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Mississippi supports an additional 37,900 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ms.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 $465 million to the economy of the state of Mississippi for cotton and another $114 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=mississippi&year=2017 
  • In FY17, Mississippi-based companies received approval to export $5,054,283 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/ 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Mississippi. (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 3 active participants from the state of Mississippi. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

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 
  • Four Scholars, Students and Teachers from Mississippi were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 15 international students received a Fulbright to study in Mississippi. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • Twenty students from Mississippi 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 
  • 3,450 international higher education students studied abroad in Mississippi. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 64 exchange visitors from overseas visited Mississippi and 35 Mississippi 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 Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations in Mississippi including at the Center for Naval Technical Training at Keesler Air Force Base, and the US Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School at the Stennis Space Center. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Mississippi 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/ 
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua II (Mexico) with Mississippi State University (US) are creating a program to equip low-income students with cultural literacy with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. Goals of the program include competing in the globalized workforce, engaging students to participate in learning experiences that closely connect their English/Spanish knowledge to the field of engineering on an international scale, and allowing ITC II to formally establish an International Programs Office in order to develop strong, lasting, bilateral relationships. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Mississippi State University (MSU) carried out a program entitled “U.S.-Chile Bilateral Workshop on Building Capacity for Student Exchange in Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” The workshop was part of a U.S. Embassy public diplomacy grant to increase academic and professional exchanges between the United States and Chile. The four-day workshop brought together faculty experts from six U.S. universities and seven Chilean universities. Program is not ongoing. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.international.msstate.edu/news/articles/2017/09/us-chile-bilateral-workshop-entrepreneurship/ 
  • Mississippi State University (MSU) carried out a program entitled “U.S.-Chile Bilateral Workshop on Building Capacity for Student Exchange in Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” The workshop was part of a U.S. Embassy public diplomacy grant to increase academic and professional exchanges between the United States and Chile. The four-day workshop brought together faculty experts from six U.S. universities and seven Chilean universities. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.international.msstate.edu/news/articles/2017/09/us-chile-bilateral-workshop-entrepreneurship/ 

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