The Temple City of India
Bhubaneswar (BBSR), Odisha, India, once was the site of about 7,000 temples. A popular tourist destination due to the hundreds of temples that still stand and its rich cultural heritage, this city honors its past while moving into the future. Bhubaneswar recently achieved a first position in India’s Smart Cities Challenge, a government initiative to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.
Cupertino and Bhubaneswar officially got approved as sister city by Cupertino on Aug 16, 2012 and subsequently closed the said relationship on Nov. 24, 2012, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by former Cupertino mayor Gilbert Wong and Bhubaneswar Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.
The Cupertino-BBSR Sister City Initiative (CBSCI), a community-based non-profit organization, fosters positive multi-cultural interaction and understanding through art, culture and education exchanges. This community-based non-profit organization also aims to engage individuals and institutions in helping both cities to be sustainable.
Activities include cultural arts exchange and student programs, as well as visits to BBSR by Cupertino city government delegations and members of the Rotary club and vice versa. The organization participates in the Fall Festival hosted each fall by the Rotary Club of Cupertino.