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Fresno tech catalyst Bitwise plans Bakersfield expansion

Computer technology as a career and a force for local economic growth takes a big step forward in Kern County with an announcement expected today that a company central to downtown Fresno's tech renaissance hopes to build on its success by expanding into Bakersfield.

Bitwise Industries, newly endowed with $27 million in private investment, says it plans to offer computer coding classes within about a year as it scopes out a 50,000-square-foot location in downtown Bakersfield that could become home not only to educational programs but also startup software companies and new "coworking" office spaces.

John Cox can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @TheThirdGraf. Sign up at for free newsletters about local business.

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