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Jobs and Economy

  • In FY17, North Carolina-based companies received approval to export $352,968,782 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/ 
  • North Carolina hosted 8,195 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 $32.7 billion. Those exports supported approximately 157,285 North Carolinian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into North Carolina supports an additional 260,400 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/nc.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 $347 million to the economy of the state of North Carolina for sweet potatoes and another $239 million for cotton, and hundreds of millions more for other agricultural products like blueberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and many others. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=north%20carolina&year=2017 
  • In February 2017, Japan’s Keihin Carolina System Technology, an automotive electrical components supplier, announced it will create more than 40 jobs through a $13 million expansion of its Tarboro manufacturing plant. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: https://www.econdev.org/news 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in North Carolina. (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 26 active participants from the state of North Carolinaa. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 
  • 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 26 active participants from the state of North Carolina. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kathryn Crockart): 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 
  • 66 Scholars, Students and Teachers from North Carolina were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 100 international students received a Fulbright to study in North Carolina. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 93 students from North Carolina 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 
  • 21,092 international higher education students studied abroad in North Carolina. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 667 exchange visitors from overseas visited North Carolina and 350 North Carolina 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 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology - UNC Horizons Program supported an international experts group on Women’s treatment that met in Washington D.C. in February of 2018 that led to UNC’s development of a curriculum on Women’s Intervention for Substance Exposure (WISE). The 4 course curriculum guides how to treat women with substance use disorders. It includes addressing special clinical treatment needs and trauma informed care and was successfully pilot tested by global experts in the field for use globally in December 2018. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: http://www.unchorizons.org 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. The programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Twenty-five educators participated in a program at North Carolina State University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/ 
  • Pitt Community College, Eastern Carolina University, and Universidad Veracruzana partnered together to provide opportunities for students to engage in bi-directional study, focusing on water ecology through guided faculty research opportunities located in eastern North Carolina and Veracruz, Mexico. 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: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • North Carolina State University and the Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica) are developing a new course in sustainable agriculture while also addressing barriers of language proficiency, curricular inflexibility and credit transfers through a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Forsyth Technical Community College along with Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria (Argentina), Davidson County Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College will facilitate cultural exchange that will engage students and faculty from all four universities to interact and exchange ideas with one another. The STEM-focused program will increase the number of virtual exchanges among partner schools, and provide professional development for faculty and administrators who are globalizing their campuses and curricula, and provide an opportunity for UNVM students to travel to North Carolina campuses. 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: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • North Carolina State University along with Universidad de La Salle, Purdue University, Cornell University, Texas State University, Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios, Universidad del Tolima, and Universidad de Santander will lead a network of higher education institutions in Colombia and the U.S. to implement an interdisciplinary project that aims to develop leadership and knowledge of undergraduate women studying technology, engineering, agricultural, social, economic, and administrative sciences through development projects that address peace and sustainability in rural areas throughout Colombia. 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: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Davidson County Community College (U.S.) with Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria, (Argentina), Forsyth Tech Community College (U.S.), and Guilford Tech Community College, (U.S.) are partnering together with assistance from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to create a Gilman scholarship-eligible, study abroad program. It will enable Pell grant recipients to take a Humanities course abroad examining and analyzing the history, geography, and distinctive cultural aspects of Argentina, along with basic Spanish language instruction. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Saint Augustine’s University (U.S.), with University of Health Sciences-Antigua (Antigua and Barbuda) and Universite Episcopale D’Haiti (Haiti) are devising curriculum, prepare activities, and acquire equipment required to develop a service-learning program focused on the study of the unique attributes of French/Haitian Creole language and culture with the assistance from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

Partnerships

  • With State Department support, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), federal prosecutors from various districts across North Carolina have been deployed to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kuwait, and the Philippines to serve as Resident Legal Advisors responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions in those countries. (Source: Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism) – More: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-opdat 
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) assigned to Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) who works out of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville. Another POLAD is assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) works out of Fort Bragg, adjacent to Fayetteville. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (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 Department of State facilitates the North Carolina National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Botswana, founded in 2008. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • 2.408 North Carolina residents hosted or supported 657 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 101,229 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 25 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in North Carolina on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • North Carolina hosted 2 university faculty from Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 1 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (Source: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs) – More: http://uncw.edu/tigr/includes/IIUI.html 
  • The INL Bureau-supported Friends of the Private Public Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan program provides opportunities to a small number of the highest-performing Afghan law graduates to pursue their LL.M. studies at top law schools in the United States. Currently, one scholar is pursuing her LL.M. at Wake Forest Law School at Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the other scholar is at Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina. These LL.M. candidates will return to Afghanistan to advance their impact on Afghan justice institutions and the rule of law sector. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Duke Energy with the City of Charlotte and ENN/XIN’AO Group with the City of Langfang stimulated innovation on solar and energy efficient technologies. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • OES/IHB participated in the 2017 Triangle Global Health Consortium annual conference in Raleigh, NC. The event featured a federal agencies’ panel, where EPA, NIH, NOAA, and DOS provided different agencies’ perspectives on global environmental health cooperation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.triangleglobalhealth.org/ 
  • Researchers from Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina 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 researcher from Wake Forest Baptist was awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct a workshop on uro-oncology. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://iusstf.org/ 
  • Researchers from North Carolina State University received grants 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 Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has awarded funds to the Research Triangle Institute to recruit U.S. air quality experts to provide technical assistance in taking concrete steps to improve air quality, and to reduce associated economic, environmental, and health impacts in select developing countries. The assistance aims to help close the knowledge gap, and to some extent, the bandwidth gap through strategic placement of U.S. Air Quality Fellows. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://aqfellows.rti.org/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve air quality management in Asia with the goal of reducing air pollution and improving public health. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enhance regional cooperation and the infrastructure necessary to support air quality improvement programs in Africa and Latin America through sharing U.S. approach to air quality management and providing technical advice and expertise. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/epa-collaboration-sub-saharan-africa#aq 
  • 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 U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $600,000 to Research Triangle Institute to strengthen and sustain Tanzania’s response to human trafficking by ensuring access to justice and fair treatment for victims of trafficking. (Source: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/office-to-monitor-and-combat-trafficking-in-persons/ 

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 433,047. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 150. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/DefaultForm.aspx 
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 194 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from North Carolina. 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 
  • Diplomatic Security Washington, D.C. Field Office serves North Carolina: 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) – Resident Office: Greensboro Investigative Field Office) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

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