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  • Missouri hosted 4,359 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 $14.4 billion. Those exports supported approximately 84,868 Missourian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Missouri supports an additional 119,200 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/mo.pdf 
  • Companies from Missouri received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for joint ventures with Israeli companies. 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)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) protects the American seed industry’s ability to access materials and information for research and breeding through our engagement in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Seed companies, such as Iowa-based Dupont-Pioneer, and Missouri-based Monsanto, depend on access to these resources to develop new crop varieties to bring to market. Seed and Biotech sales for the three major U.S. agrichemical companies, Dow Chemical, Dupont, and Monsanto, were over $18.4 billion. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/ 
  • 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 $261 million to the economy of the state of Missouri for cotton and another $109 million for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like potatoes, melons, peaches, and grapes. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=missouri&year=2017 
  • In FY17, Missouri-based companies received approval to export $202,027,707 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 2017, two partnerships were created between Missouri-based small business centers and small business centers in Colombia and Honduras under the Small Business Network of the Americas Small Grants Program. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://partner.state.gov/ 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Missouri. (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 15 active participants from the state of Missouri. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): 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 
  • 21 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Missouri were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 90 international students received a Fulbright to study in Missouri. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 40 students from Missouri 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 
  • 23,014 international higher education students studied abroad in Missouri. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 794 exchange visitors from overseas visited Missouri and 101 Missouri 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 the Engineer School, and Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the U.S. and the State of Missouri while 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/ 

Partnerships

  • 1,694 Missouri residents hosted or supported 487 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 8,435 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 15 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Missouri on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • 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 in computer science at University of Missouri in 2018. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology is 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/ 
  • OES/IHB partnered with students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology via the Diplomacy Lab program starting in August 2017. The students (under the oversight of a professor) worked on a series of projects to examine the efficacy of global awareness raising materials related to antimicrobial resistance. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) Researchers from Washington 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 Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) worked with students at Missouri University of Science & Technology in fall 2018 on a Diplomacy Lab project on the potential impacts of pollution on national security. Led by an environmental science professor, graduate and undergraduate students contributed to a literature review and conceptual model of how pollution impacts on health, ecosystems and economy may act as threat multipliers for mass migration and breakdowns in governance. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) Researchers from Doctors on LLC and the University of Missouri were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on blindness prevention through integrated smartphone technology and environmental geotechnics. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • 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 Missouri National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Panama, 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/ 

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 275,385. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 199. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 118 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Missouri. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: https://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/about-us/statistics.html 
  • The United Nations Peace Plaza is situated in Independence, near the Truman Presidential Library. (Source: Bureau of International Organization Affairs) Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Missouri: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

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