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Bitwise contract stokes Bakersfield's tech, economic diversification hopes

Plans for building up Bakersfield's small computer software industry recently took a big step forward — despite the COVID-19 pandemic and in a way because of it — with the city's finalization of a $750,000 contract with Fresno-based tech hub Bitwise Industries.

Under a deal struck late last month, the company will begin offering 14-week evening classes, typically taught online two nights per week for three hours at a time, to city residents who have suffered economically as a result of the pandemic.

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