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Jobs and Economy

  • In September 2017, Hino Motors announced a $100 million expansion of its operations in West Virginia that will bring new production to the United States and ultimately create 250 new jobs at a new plant in Mineral Wells. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) West Virginia hosted 1,159 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 $8.1 billion. Those exports supported approximately 25,883 West Virginian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into West Virginia supports an additional 28,900 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/wv.pdf 
  • In FY17, West Virginia-based companies received approval to export $48,000 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 West Virginia. (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 2 active participants from the state of West Virginia. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence: 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 
  • 10 Scholars, Students and Teachers from West Virginia were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 12 international students received a Fulbright to study in West Virginia. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 14 students from West Virginia 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 
  • 4,425 international higher education students studied abroad in West Virginia. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 78 exchange visitors from overseas visited West Virginia and 27 West Virginia 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/ 
  • West Virginia University and Universidad Nacional de Asunción (Paraguay) are working together to promote student and faculty mobility in energy, water quality, waste management, environment and economics. The program includes visits to prominent sites in the field for first-hand observations, and hands-on training in new and advanced technologies at the respective campuses’ ICT centers. 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/ 
  • West Virginia University, (U.S.), with University of Trinidad & Tobago (Trinidad & Tobago) are working together through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to create a hands-on program, which will consist of field tours, discussions, and learning about animal management practices while participating in service-learning activities and working at animal shelters, zoos, and environmental organizations. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • West Virginia University and the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (Mexico) partnered to build global professional competencies and help close the gap between academia and industry in Mexico and the U.S. 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/ 
  • West Virginia University and with the Universidad Nacional del Comahue (Argentina) will build upon shared characteristics to implement a new program that will allow engineering students to experientially learn about the exploration and production of shale oil and gas. Students from both universities will travel to their host institution, where they will interact with their counterparts and participate in workshops and cultural visits during the intensive study abroad program. 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/ 

Partnerships

  • The Department of State facilitates the West Virginia National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Peru, 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/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has partnered with the West Virginia Division of Corrections (WVDOC) since 2014. In 2018, the WVDOC hosted approximately 160 corrections officials from 20 countries at their annual Mock Prison Riot tactical training event and exposition in West Virginia. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 2 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: http://www.iep-global.org/programs/eco-campus-partnership/ 
  • 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/ 

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