From Asheville to Wilmington: The State Department's Impact on North Carolina

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From Asheville to Wilmington: The State Department's Impact on North Carolina

On behalf of the American people, the State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. By leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance, the Department keeps the American people safe both at home and abroad and advances our shared economic prosperity. The State Department directly impacts the “Tar Heel State” of North Carolina through scientific research projects, economic investment promotion, and investigation collaboration and support.

First, the State Department supports international joint research projects with North Carolina universities that are beneficial to the United States and our partner countries. Researchers from Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina recently received grants from the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). These joint research projects with Israeli scientists allow both countries to conduct world-class research in a wide range of basic and applied fields. Additionally, researchers from North Carolina State University also recently received grants from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund, which supports high impact research with Egyptian scientists in the fields of agriculture, energy, health, and water. Supported by the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, this collaborative research with Israel and Egypt advances our shared scientific priorities and strengthens our bilateral relationships.

Secondly, the State Department, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas, as well as by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. In 2018, North Carolina exported $32.7 billion in goods, and as of 2016, North Carolina goods exports supported approximately 157,285 jobs. Foreign direct investment into North Carolina supported an additional 260,400 jobs in 2016.

Finally, with State Department support, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training, federal prosecutors from various districts across North Carolina have been deployed to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kuwait, and the Philippines to serve as Resident Legal Advisors. These advisors provide specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions in those countries. Their efforts better equip their counterparts and ultimately promote regional stability and security.

From Asheville to Wilmington, the State Department positively impacts North Carolina through programs that keep America safe and prosperous, advance our shared priorities, and strengthen our bilateral relationships. 

Find out more about the Department of State's impact in American communities at Department of State by State.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.

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