How does a city like Fresno, CA develop a powerhouse tech economy? How does a place once siloed as just another agricultural town successfully diversify its economy and become a hub for technology careers, businesses, and digital infrastructure? In this session, we learned how Bitwise Industries builds tech economies in underestimated cities, including how its initiatives create jobs and strengthen digital infrastructure across underestimated cities. In this webinar, we explored specific ways to promote economic development while strengthening a city’s digital economy, including those with the biggest barriers into the workforce. We also discussed Bitwise Industries’ Apprenticeship program—one of the most diverse tech talent pathways in the country and a proven pathway to opportunity in tech.


  • Miguel Hernandez, apprentice to journey worker


  • Laura Maristany, Bitwise Industries Director of External Affairs

Panel included:

  • Tyler Maxwell, Councilmember, District 4, City of Fresno
  • Michelle Skoor, Bitwise Industries Chief Workforce Officer 
  • Jonathan Dueck, Director of STEM Education, Fresno County Office of Education

Original event date: 10/20/2021