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  • In FY17, Washington-based companies received approval to export $270,066,101 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 April 2017, Japan’s Kyocera International, Inc. Formally opened a conducted a grand opening ceremony today for a $10 million expansion of its ceramic manufacturing operations in Vancouver, which may lead to 50 new jobs in the coming years. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) Washington hosted 5,391 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 $77.7 billion. Those exports supported approximately 332,599 Washingtonian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Washington supports an additional 115,500 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/wa.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 Washington reap the economic benefits of commercial halibut and salmon fisheries worth more than $38 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 the economic value substantially. The National Marine Fisheries Service estimated that nearly 23,000 Washington jobs were involved in Washington’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 Washington supports more than 6,000 full time jobs. These organizations ensure both 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 Washington Military Department and nearly $480,000 to the Olympic National Park as well as the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (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 $2.4 billion to the economy of the state of Washington for apples and another $687 million for potatoes and $475 million for cherries, plus hundreds of millions more for other agricultural products such as alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy, grapes, pears, blueberries, 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=washington&year=2017 
  • Researchers from Hutchinson Cancer Research, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of Washington, and Washington State 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/ 
  • Companies from Washington 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)
  • Researchers from Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies and the Institute for Systems Biology were awarded funds from the U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund to commercialize technology related to novel biological seed transfers and functional proteomics with a partner in India. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/usistef/us-india-science-technology 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Washington. (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 Washington. – 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: https://careers.state.gov/connect/dir/ 
  • 45 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Washington were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 95 international students received a Fulbright to study in Washington. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 97 students from Washington 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 
  • 28,455 international higher education students studied abroad in Washington. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 987 exchange visitors from overseas visited Washington and 505 Washington 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/ 
  • Eastern Washington University is a member of the Bureau 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)
  • Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Colombia) is partnering with Eastern Washington University to develop a program focused on health care and post-conflict studies. It enables students the opportunity to conduct research and provide policy proposals on improving health outcomes and increase access in post-conflict rural settings in Colombia. This partnership is 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • In 2018, The University of Washington built on an existing partnership with Universidad Mayor Nacional de San Marcos (Peru) with an interdisciplinary service learning exchange program—InterACTION Labs—that allows students and faculty to assess and address health disparities affecting the informal floating community of Claverito, in Iquitos, Peru. The program promotes an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas by engaging students from academic fields traditionally underrepresented in global health. Peruvian students participating in the program will be encouraged to travel to Seattle for skills training, cross-cultural exchange of ideas and technology transfer, fostering the international mobility of students from both participating institutions. The exchange is 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. higher education institutions to team up with their counterparts in the rest of the Western Hemisphere. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • In 2018, Western Washington University (WWU) and Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru) were awarded a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to support ten Peruvian students to study at WWU for a quarter-long exchange where students will study Conservation of Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Management and develop their English skills. The program seeks to improve access to study abroad for underrepresented groups, including women, native Quechua speakers, and rural students. It will also increase professional preparation for Peruvian students through service learning as they work in U.S. National Parks and Forests to collect environmental data. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Vilnius worked with the ASSIST High School Exchange Program to provide partial scholarships to three Lithuanian students to attend a year of high school at private schools in three states: Beaver Dam, WI; Bell Buckle, TN; and the city of Tacoma, WA. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) – More: http://www.kff.lt/ASSIST-863.html 

Partnerships

  • University of Washington 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/ 
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (headquartered in Seattle), the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, Girl Effect, and ViiV Healthcare were recognized for the “DREAMS Partnership.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 5th annual P3 Impact Award in 2018. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2018 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/ 
  • Washington, 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 Washington 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 vital to the economic well-being of coastal communities of Washington and Alaska 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 stakeholders from Alaska and Washington 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 pollock fishery is the largest in the United States and the largest sustainable fishery in the world, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The pollock fishing fleet includes vessels that call Washington state home. OES/OMC manages U.S. participation in the U.S.-Russia Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on Fisheries (ICC), which among other benefits governs U.S. vessels fishing in the Russian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). More generally, the ICC has proven to be very useful, allowing the United States and Russia to pursue matters of common interest, including joint efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, coordination of fisheries management in the Bering Sea, and exchange of information on the status of living marine resources and on fisheries enforcement violations and cooperation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/international-affairs/bilateral-agreement-between-united-states-and-russia 
  • The U.S.-China Ecopartnership between Boeing Co. and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) is developing low cost processing technologies to convert biomass and waste oils (including gutter oil) into sustainable aviation biofuels and increase the operational efficiency of air traffic management. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s first Zoohackathon occurred on October 7-9, 2016 at three major zoos in the United States, including Seattle. Zoohackathon, organized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, is a public-private partnership that brings together the United States government with the private sector and civil society. The event calls on coders, designers, and science enthusiasts from all around the world to come together over a weekend to create new applications and tools to address issues on the demand side of wildlife trafficking. (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 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 grants to the following organizations in Washington to combat human trafficking: $700,000 was awarded to World Vision to improve victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases and enhance victim protection in Burma; $2,500,000 was awarded to World Vision to address trafficking prosecution by improving the quality of victim-centered trafficking investigations and strengthening local capacity to identify and provide comprehensive specialized services to victims of trafficking in Guatemala. (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/ 
  • 935 Washington residents hosted or supported 760 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 24,244 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 34 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Washington on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Abkhaz-Enguri Dam sent five "Enguri Dam" staff members to Washington state on the Open World program, where they were introduced to best practices of large-scale hydro power plants in the United States. The delegates were hosted by The Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS), a district comprised of both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Washington National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Thailand founded in 2002. (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 Washington National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Malaysia founded in 2017. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • Under the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau-supported Legal Education Support Program in Afghanistan II (LESPA II), a total of 53 Afghan graduates received their Master of Law degrees and a total of three graduates received their Ph.D.’s at the University of Washington Law School. In 2018, five scholars earned their LL.M. degree and, along with the majority of past graduates, returned to Afghanistan to teach or contribute to the modernization of Afghanistan through positions with the Afghan government. Currently, there are six LL.M. scholars and two Ph.D. scholars pursuing their respective degrees at the UW Law School. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: https://www.law.uw.edu/faculty/research-programs/lespa/ 
  • INL began informally partnering with the Washington Attorney General’s Office in 2017 when INL supported the training of Colombian prosecutors by the Washington Attorney General’s Office on best practices for prosecuting environmental crimes. INL identified the Washington Attorney General’s Office as an informal partner through its formal partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: http://www.atg.wa.gov/ 

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