Saturday, February 11, 2017


Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Colorado state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Colorado state flag © Public Domain

Fast Fact

594 Colorado residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.



    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from Colorado totaled $8 billion, which supported 41,849 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»
    • The Colorado Passport Agency comprises 27 government employees and 20 contract employees. (CA) More»
    • Colorado hosted 8,166 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»
    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Colorado. (HR)

    • 42 scholars, students and teachers from Colorado were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 56 international students received a Fulbright to study in Colorado. (ECA) More»
    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Stewart Devine): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
    • 11,346 international higher education students studied abroad in Colorado. (ECA) More»
    • 16 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Colorado on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (ECA) More»
    • 364 exchange visitors from overseas visited Colorado and 270 Colorado residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between Grand Junction-based Raven Ridge Resources and Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection seeks to unlock the Chinese market for draining and utilizing coal mine methane. Doing so can potentially reduce a powerful greenhouse gas, improve mine safety, and produce a new energy source. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)
    • U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between the city of Denver with Ford Motor Company and the city of Chongqing with Chang’an Motors focused on implementation of electric and hybrid vehicles. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES)
    • Arcadis U.S. Inc., located in Highlands Ranch, was awarded a grant to help enhance India’s capacity to develop a national mercury inventory and improve practices for the reduction of health-related pollutants, particularly mercury and black carbon. (OES) More»
    • Nearly $2.5 million in grants to the Governor’s Climate and Forests Fund in Boulder reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, and conserves biodiversity by supporting the development of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) capacity and activities. (OES) More»
    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 1,647. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices 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. (PRM) More»
    • The cities of Aurora and Denver are members of the State Department-supported Strong Cities Network, a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms. Membership includes access to an online hub and opportunities to connect with other members through exchanges and capacity-building trainings. (CT) More»
    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Colorado National Guard State Partnership Program with Jordan founded in 2004, and Slovenia founded in 1993. (PM) More»

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 325,070. (CA) More»
    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 132. (CA) More»
    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 177 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Colorado. Intercountry adoption is one of 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. Learn more. (CA)
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mesa Verde National Park. (IO)
    • The Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Colorado. 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. (DS)

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