Co founders and directors Mahesh Nihalani, Reena Patnaik Rao & Mahesh Pakala (trustee) initiated the process of setting up sister city relationship between Cupertino, CA (hi tech city) and Bhubaneswar, Odisha (fastest growing tech hub) in Sep 2009 and started discussions with the City of Cupertino. While processing paper work, the then Cultural Minister of Odisha, Debi Prasad Mishra, during a visit to Bay Area in 2010, got the opportunity to visit Cupertino and met with city officials.
Thereafter the then Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong, Mahesh Pakala, Mahesh Nihalani visited Bhubaneswar twice to meet with the BBSR Mayor Anant Narayan Jena and his team. They also met with some local citizens, and visited Sai International School to explore student exchange program.
After several presentations and discussions at Cupertino Council meetings, finally in Aug 2011 City of Cupertino approved the relationship at their council meeting, and in Nov 2012 the MOU was signed in BBSR between Mayor Wong and Mayor Jena. Suchitra Patnaik and team ably supported the efforts in BBSR.
A successful visit by Cupertino Rotary team to Bhubaneswar followed suit.
The Cupertino-BBSR Sister City Initiative (CBSCI) is a community-based non-profit organization that supports art, culture, student & technology knowhow exchange programs between the two cities.
In late 2016, CBSCI attained its non profit status of 501c3. The organization is voluntary based.
In 2017, the then Cupertino Mayor
In 2018, CBSCI plans to launch its student exchange program and also