SOURCE: City of San Jose, California
August 08, 2008 18:10 ET
San Jose and Pune Celebrate Sister City Relationship With India National Independence Day Flag Raising
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - August 8, 2008) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, members of the San
Jose City Council, Shri Rajesh Kumar Dubey, India's San Francisco-based
Assistant Consular Officer, and the San Jose Pune Sister City Committee
will be a part of an Indian flag raising ceremony to be held at 4:30 p.m.,
Thursday, August 14, at San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street.
Also in attendance will be Vish Mishra, the incoming president of TiE (The
Indus Entrepreneurs), a global not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs and
professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship.
The event recognizes India's National Independence Day, August 15. India's
National Independence Day commemorates its independence from British rule
and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947.
"India has developed one of the world's top economies with strong ties to
Silicon Valley," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. "San Jose's relationship
with Pune benefits residents and businesses here and in India as we share
civic, business, and economic development best practices," said Reed.
San Jose, home of the largest Asian Indian population in the San Francisco
Bay Area, and Pune established a sister city relationship in 1992. The San
Jose Sister City organization has planned and organized many initiatives --
including city-to-city trade missions, educational exchanges and San
Jose-Pune youth cultural programs -- during the past 15 years which have
advanced the sister city linkage with Pune.
Located one hour by car from Mumbai and home to noted colleges and
universities, Pune, one of the largest cities in India, has become a center
of IT and manufacturing. Pune's strong education system and emphasis on
science and math have resulted in San Jose State University, the largest
supplier of engineering talent to Silicon Valley, actively recruiting
there. This has helped to contribute to Indians making up the largest
number of foreign students studying at the school on a student visa.
"Foreign-born entrepreneurs are agents of global economic change," said Kim
Walesh, chief strategist, City of San Jose. "Their increased transference
of ideas and ease of mobility are both fueling the emergence of
entrepreneurial networks in Silicon Valley that link to important
innovation regions internationally. As a crossroads for ideas, talent,
culture and business, San Jose, and its mutually beneficial relationship
with Pune, is helping to power the world's innovation economy," Walesh
Reflecting the growing importance of the U.S.-India economic relationship,
two-way trade has increased over a five-year period from $15.8 billion to
"The San Jose Pune Sister City mission is about working to build
cooperation between our cities to promote cultural understanding and
stimulate economic development. We want to help both Indian and U.S.
companies grow and sustain positions in the global marketplace by
strengthening relationships and continually building our business and human
talent networks as well as cultural exchanges that will benefit citizens
and companies on both continents," said Vijay Pendse, founding member of
the San Jose Pune Sister City Committee.
About San Jose Pune Sister Cities Program
The mission of San Jose Pune Sister Cities is to promote mutual
understanding, respect and cooperation through people exchanges,
multicultural programs and economic development with community
participation. For more information, please visit,
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San Jose Office of the City Manager, is committed to a vital, competitive
San Jose economy that increases prosperity for people and companies and
enhances City revenues. The Office guides the City's economic strategy,
provides assistance for business success, helps connect employers with
trained workers, and provides art, sporting and cultural resources to our
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leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the
largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley --
the world's leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the
U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, work,
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