City of Cupertino Unveils Sister Cities Signage including Bhubaneswar,India
Cupertino: The City of Cupertino unveiled directional signs pointing toward Cupertino’s four Sister Cities, including Copertino, Italy; Toyokawa, Japan; Hsinchu, Taiwan; and Bhubaneswar, India. The unveiling took place at 4 p.m. in the courtyard at the Cupertino Civic Center, 10300 Torre Avenue.
“Cupertino’s Sister City Program has always been about mutual understanding and the exchanging of ideas,” Mayor Barry Chang said. “Both sides have knowledge and wisdom to impart to help each other through problems and create stronger communities.
“These signs are a physical symbol of the already strong bond between Cupertino and our Sister Cities.” Councilmember Gilbert Wong said he is proud to live in such a diverse community that supports its four Sister Cities.
“The three youth exchange programs the City has with Copertino, Toyokawa, and Hsinchu are a testament to Cupertino’s commitment to educational cultural exchanges,” Councilmember Wong said. “I’m honored to take part in the unveiling of the sign post, which recognizes our Sister City volunteers
and promotes mutual trust and friendship.” Wong mentioned Bhubaneswar as one of his favorite sister city and looks forward to a strong relationship.
Mayor Chang, City Manager David Brandt, also said a few words. Along with the unveiling, the event included few words by all sister cities including Mahesh Pakala, Board Member & Spokesperson, Cupertino Bhubaneswar Sister City (CBSCI), “We are working slowly and steadily to build a strong foundation for a solid friendship between Cupertino and Bhubaneswar. Co-Founders Mahesh Nihalani and Reena Patnaik have put in a lot of effort in making the sister city a reality and its satisfying to see the
signpost in Cupertino today.”
CBSCI was formed Aug 2011 and has been hosting cultural xchange programs and presentations in Cupertino to showcase rich heritage of Odisha. If everything goes as per plan CBSCI expects to begin its student exchange project in 2017 with students visiting from BBSR to Cupertino and vice versa
and is planning to take an adult delegation to India in October.