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

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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.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • 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 Tennessee, approximately 159,000 U.S. jobs were supported by goods exports (2014) and foreign direct investment supported about 135,000 U.S. jobs (2013). This resulted in $32.4 billion in goods exports from Tennessee (2015). (EB) More»

    • Tennessee hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $3.1 million to the Tennessee economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State contributed $2,486,339 to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for implementation of the Partnership for Nuclear Security Program, which promotes cooperative Global Threat Reduction Program to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction. (ISN) More»

    • National Resource Management LLC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory received a total of $625,173 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

    • One partnership was created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Tennessee. (HR)

  • Education

    • 39 Scholars and Students from Tennessee were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Isiah Parnell): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the University of Tennessee through the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab research program. The University of Tennessee provided research projects to INL on New Media and Successful Marketing for Law Enforcement Agencies, and a Global Survey of Protections for LGBTI Inmates. (INL) More»

    • Working with University of Tennessee Knoxville, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is supporting a Drug Abuse Resistance Education program which has reached over 1,500 Nicaraguan youth. (INL) More»

    • Academic partnerships between Vanderbilt University (management) and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and between St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Memphis (biochemistry) and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham partnership to expand innovative multidisciplinary medical education in Zambia. (S/GAC) More»

    • 303 exchange visitors from overseas visited Tennessee and 208 Tennessee residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • One partnership was created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • Tennessee Technological University received a $250,000 award from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to map the risks and uncertainties of energy futures with Annamalai University, India. (SCA) More»

    • 114 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Tennessee through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and provided $1,243,282 in technical support to the Laboratory for nuclear/radiological material relocation, border security support consolidation, material amnesty program efforts, and training. The Laboratory employs a staff of 4,480 individuals, including 2,600 scientists and engineers. (ISN) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The University of Tennessee is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s 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. Learn more about Diplomacy Lab here. (S/GP)

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 1,440. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental 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 Department of State facilitates the Tennessee National Guard State Partnership Program with Bulgaria founded in 1993. (PM) More»

    • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the University of Tennessee, Purdue University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences promotes research collaboration on climate change, sustainability, and environmental aspects of bioenergy production. More on EcoPartnerships. (EAP/OES)

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 167,869. (CA) More»

    • 127 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO)

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Tennessee families in Fiscal Year 2014: 237. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security Miami Field Office serves Tennessee. 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) More»