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Partnerships

  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership program between the cities of Portland and Kumning in China focused on transit-oriented planning, bicycle networks, green buildings, and growth boundaries. More on EcoPartnerships. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The State Department has sent over 100 officers from the Portland Police Bureau to Bangladesh to serve as embedded community policing mentors. While the Portland Police are providing the training, they are also reaping benefits from the program. Participating officers describe the experience in Bangladesh as transformational, leading to improved police-community relations at home. As a result, Portland police officers are better able to engage with minority and immigrant communities in their own city. (Source: Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism) More: https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2018/01/18/en/us-communities-benefit-building-partner-counterterrorism-capacity 
  • 942 Oregon residents hosted or supported 580 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 52,046 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 Oregon on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • Oregon, along with its West Coast neighbors, has had a long-standing interest in Pacific salmon populations and their economic, social, cultural, and ecological significance. To address those concerns, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, signed between the United States and Canada in 1985, established long-term goals for the management of salmon resources shared by our countries. The Treaty includes agreement between the United States and Canada to form and maintain the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) to ensure Treaty goals are met. The State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) is involved in the work of the Commission, along with state and tribal Commissioners. In this capacity, the State Department plays an active role in negotiating with Canadian colleagues for outcomes that balance harvest opportunities with the long-term sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks. This work ultimately has a positive impact on Oregon and its residents. (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/ 
  • Pacific halibut are another important component for the economic well-being of Oregon’s fisheries and have been managed by a bilateral treaty with Canada since 1923. The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), established by the treaty, provides scientific and management advice that have maintained a stable fishery and prevented stock and environmental problems that can occur when fish stocks are shared between countries. A representative from the OES Office of Marine Conservation works in close coordination with representatives from the western states and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) colleagues, to ensure that management decisions are based on scientific advice that advances U.S. economic interests. (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/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland Oregon – the only full-service lab in the world dedicated to combating wildlife crime, including illegal logging. The FWS Forensics Lab provides analytical services and develops tools to determine identity and origin and of suspect wood products in trade for enforcement authorities, governments, and private sector actors. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.fws.gov/lab/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership program between the cities of Portland and Kumning in China focused on transit-oriented planning, bicycle networks, green buildings, and growth boundaries. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • Researchers from Oregon Health & Sciences University, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon 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/ 
  • Companies from Oregon 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 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/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Ljubljana partnered with Crater Lake-Triglav National Park to create “The Crater Lake-Triglav National Park Partnership.” This is a newly-established sister park relationship between Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Triglav National Park in Slovenia. An exchange of visiting delegations surrounding the partnership resulted in concrete plans for environmental research cooperation between the parks, as well as an increase in interest among Slovenes in traveling to CLNP. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) More: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/internationalcooperation/sister-park-list-by-country.htm%20 
  • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $263,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Portland State University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (Source: Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs) More: http://mepi.state.gov/opportunities/mepi-exchange-programs/student-leaders.html 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Bangladesh 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/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Vietnam 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/ 
  • 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 program studying geology at Oregon State University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 

Travel and Security

Jobs and Economy

  • Oregon hosted 3,068 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/ 
  • In FY17, Oregon-based companies received approval to export $805,820,006 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 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 $22.2 billion. Those exports supported approximately 87,023 Oregonian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Oregon supports an additional 65,300 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/or.pdf 
  • Participation by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) helped Oregon reap the economic benefits of commercial salmon and halibut fisheries worth more than $6.7 million in dockside landed value in 2017. Additional economic impact from activity along the value chain, as well as substantial economic activity in the sport and recreational fishing sector increase that economic benefit exponentially. The National Marine Fisheries Service estimated that at least 11,000 Oregon jobs were involved in Oregon’s commercial fisheries industry in 2015. The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) estimates that the total economic output of salmon fisheries, both commercial and recreational, in Oregon is $375 million and supports more than 3,700 full time jobs. These organizations both ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of fish and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. (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/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs helped facilitate $250,000 in funding from Japan and NOAA to the State of Oregon's Parks and Recreation Department. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20121130_japangift_tsunamidebris.html 
  • 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 $354 million to the economy of the state of Oregon for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and another $177 million for pears, 172 million for grapes, $168 million for potatoes, and hundreds of millions more for other agricultural products like blueberries, cherries, peppermint, apples, 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=oregon&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Oregon. (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 12 active participants from the state of Oregon. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter): 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 
  • 31 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Oregon were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 61 international students received a Fulbright to study in Oregon. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 85 students from Oregon 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 
  • 12,580 international higher education students studied abroad in Oregon. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 798 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oregon and 181 Oregon 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/ 
  • 31 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Oregon were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 58 international students received a Fulbright to study in Oregon in academic year 2017-18. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs provided grant funding to COACh at the University of Oregon to advance women scientists’ careers in Central Africa. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://coach.uoregon.edu/ 
  • University of Oregon hosts the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue. (Source: Bureau of International Organization Affairs)
  • Oregon State University and Universidad Austral de Chile created study abroad programs that emphasized ecological and hydrological research, with a focus on management efforts of native and plantation forests, allowing students in both countries to compare the two ecosystems. 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. This 100K grant led to an ongoing exchange agreement, including joint research, between Oregon State University and University Austral de Chile. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Portland State University along with Universidad EAN and Universidad Antonio de Nariño (Colombia) will create the Social Innovation Certificate program, which will draw participation of students from diverse backgrounds in order to broaden discussions regarding social innovation in rural Colombian communities. 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/ 

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