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Jobs and Economy

  • In FY17, Wisconsin-based companies received approval to export $264,307,929 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/ 
  • Wisconsin hosted 9,825 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 commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by OES through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.glfc.org/ 
  • 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 $310 million to the economy of the state of Wisconsin for potatoes and $292 million for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and another $156 million for cranberries, as well as tens of millions more for other agricultural products like beans, apples, cucumbers, and others. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=wisconsin&year=2017 
  • 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 $22.7 billion. Those exports supported approximately 111,075 Wisconsin jobs and foreign direct investment into Wisconsin supports an additional 98,600 jobs. (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/wi.pdf 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Wisconsin. (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 10 active participants from the state of Wisconsin. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dale Giovengo): 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 
  • 45 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Wisconsin were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 40 international students received a Fulbright to study in Wisconsin. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 58 students from Wisconsin 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 
  • 12,951 international higher education students studied abroad in Wisconsin. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 508 exchange visitors from overseas visited Wisconsin and 167 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin-Green Bay and Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile provided dual exchanges where both American and Chilean students could study water contamination and its impacts on environmental and human health in the partner university’s country. 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) Ongoing program. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Fox Valley Technical College and the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) are partnering to develop and enhance global competencies and entrepreneurial skills of participating students from each university. Site visits will consist of local business tours and other excursions related to global markets. Following the international travel portion of the program, students will participate together in a Business Model Design Boot Camp at FVTC to gain real-world experience and receive professional guidance in entrepreneurship. 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/ 
  • Fox Valley Technical College and SENA Centro Internacional Náutico Fluvial y Portuario in Colombia developed Project ENTENTE, which advanced entrepreneurial and workforce skills training to promote better business innovation for U.S. and Colombian students, with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina) will promote a culture of energy efficiency among engineering students through bilateral exchange. Argentine students will travel to UWPLATT to visit research facilities, enroll in courses in the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Program, participate in field trips and projects, and interact with their U.S. counterparts. The U.S. students will later travel to Argentina, where they will participate in the XXV Meeting and International Seminar of Energies of the Academic Energy Commission/Association of Montevideo Group Universities (CAE/AUGM), attend lectures and presentations, present research, and participate in field trips. 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/ 
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (US) with Universidad Politécnica de Guanajuato (Mexico) through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund are working on expanding the access of engineering students to cross-cultural, linguistic, and technical skills training. The program consists of a two-week outbound experience for students from to participate in technical skills training activities in Mexico, while students from UPG will participate in a three-week intensive exchange in the U.S. to gain exposure to their academic field, as well as the native English language and culture. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.) and Universidad Rafael Landivar (Guatemala) are working to create an international internship program that will enable U.S. students to learn cultural competency, review key concepts of sustainable food system, and become informed of Guatemala’s social, economic, and environmental issues prior to the travel. It will also provide Guatemalan students the opportunity to visit community-supported farms, food cooperatives, fair trade coffee roasters, and UW’s teaching and research farms. The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund supports both initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://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

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 942. 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 Tbilisi and Open World Program - Accountable Governance - Environment and Clean Air sent five Georgian urban planners and representatives of city council to Wisconsin on the Open World Program to learn best practices in the management of cities and towns. The delegates examined the use of urban planning with a focus on tourism management. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) – More: https://www.openworld.gov 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) continues financial support to the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin. FPL employs 60 research scientists and is working to develop technologies for rapid identification of timber species to combat illegal logging. The program also increases international engagement of U.S. scientists and researchers in collaborative activities worldwide to advance technology and innovation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/publications/specific_pub.php?posting_id=39428&header_id=p 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) continues financial support to the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin. FPL employs 60 research scientists and is working to develop technologies for rapid identification of timber species to combat illegal logging. The program also increases international engagement of U.S. scientists and researchers in collaborative activities worldwide to advance technology and innovation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/publications/specific_pub.php?posting_id=39428&header_id=p 
  • Researchers from Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin 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/ 
  • Dr. James Schauer, the Director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, began his tenure as Science Envoy for Air Quality in 2018. (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/ 
  • With State Department support, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), a federal prosecutor from Wisconsin has been deployed to Tanzania to serve as a Resident Legal Advisor responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions. (Source: Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism) – More: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-opdat 
  • 1,474 Wisconsin residents hosted or supported 116 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 3,623 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 27 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Wisconsin on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WIDOC) in August 2018 to host a delegation of Tunisian engineers and senior officials from the Tunisian Directorate of Prisons and Rehabilitation. WIDOC officials offered insight on architectural design and the management of high risk offenders, allowing the delegation to visit several facilities in order to observe security upgrades. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: https://doc.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Wisconsin National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Nicaragua, founded in 2003. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 

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