From Ponca City to Ardmore: The State Department's Impact on Oklahoma

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#State4States: The Department of State has direct impact on the state of Oklahoma

From Ponca City to Ardmore: The State Department's Impact on Oklahoma

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 “Sooner State” of Oklahoma through innovative student exchange, defense training programs, and economic investment.

First, the University of Tulsa and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil are carrying out an innovative model for engaging U.S. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students with study abroad in Brazil. This program, the first of a five-year initiative to deepen and broaden collaborative activities in Brazil, provides American students with an introduction to energy-related geology, geophysics, and Portuguese language. This exciting partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the public-private sector collaboration that supports new higher education partnerships between the United States and countries throughout the Americas. The Innovation Fund fuels new higher education partnerships, increases academic exchanges, provides critical access training programs, and builds bridges of opportunities. 

Secondly, the State Department’s International Military Education and Training Program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations, including at the Artillery School and the Air Defense School located at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. These training programs not only provide foreign students with exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Oklahoma, but also support the local economy.

Finally, 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, Oklahoma exported $6.1 billion in goods, and as of 2016, Oklahoma goods exports supported approximately 28,292 jobs. Foreign direct investment into Oklahoma supported an additional 51,800 jobs in 2016.

From Ponca City to Ardmore, the State Department positively impacts Oklahomans through educational programs, defense training, and job creation, building bridges and fostering relationships that will continue to yield dividends in years to come.

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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