The State Department benefits 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. These efforts directly impact the state of Delaware.
Delaware is known as the “First State” as it was the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787. It is, therefore, fitting that Delaware would also claim a place in our earliest diplomatic history. In fact, three Secretaries of State in the 1800s called Delaware home: Louis McClane, of Smyrna, Delaware served from 1833-1834; John Middleton Clayton, of Sussex County, Delaware from 1849-1850; and, Thomas Francis Bayard, of Wilmington, Delaware from 1885-1889. Delawareans have impacted our diplomacy, and today, the Department of State impacts Delaware through military partnerships and economic opportunities.
The State Department facilitates the Delaware National Guard State Partnership Program with Trinidad and Tobago. The State Partnership Program has been building defense relationships for 25 years and includes 75 partnerships with 81 countries around the world. This program links a state’s National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship. These relationships enable counterparts to share best practices and innovative ideas, ultimately making both fighting forces better prepared and more resilient. The Delaware National Guard State Partnership Program with Trinidad and Tobago was founded in 2004 and is still going strong.
The State Department also partners with agencies across the federal government to create jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas, and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. In 2017, goods exports of $4.6 billion supported approximately 19,981 Delaware jobs. Foreign direct investment into Delaware supported an additional 27,000 jobs.
The State Department continues to seek opportunities to build global relationships with the people, institutions, and businesses of Delaware. The State Department impacts Delaware, and Delaware, in turn, impacts the world.
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Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.
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