Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom campaigned in the Central Valley Thursday.
He spent the day at Bitwise Industries learning about how the company is leading the way in bringing the tech boom that happened in Silicon Valley to Fresno.
Newsom said agriculture is the industry that drives the economy in the Central Valley, but it’s time to diversity the workforce.
Newsom spoke to high school students and adults who are studying or working in the tech industry.
“They don’t have to go to Silicon Valley. They can stay here in the Central Valley and prosper and grow and be part of the vibrancy in this community,” said Newsom.
Fowler High School student Pablo Ramirez studies web design at Bitwise as part of his high school curriculum.
The senior sat on a panel with Lt. Gov. Newsom.
Ramirez said he is glad that Newsom is not only invested in the Central Valley, but also tech.
“He was very interested in what we were doing,” said Ramirez. “It’s very important because I feel he is opart of changing laws, and doing great things for everyone that lives here.”
Irma Olguin Jr., ceo of Bitwise, gave Newsom a tour and explained their programming courses like Geekwise Academy and the partnerships they have with local school districts.
“The son or daughter of a migrant farm worker can learn coding, and make it in the technology industry. So we’re really excited to have the lieutenant governor here. It validates a lot of what we’re doing,” said Olguin Jr.
Newsom said he wants to see places that foster growth in the field of technology–like Bitwise–spread all throughout the Central Valley.
“I think it’s something we need to highlight. We need to support it, and hopefully we see a lot more of in the coming future,” said Newsom.
The primary election is June 5. Newsom is the frontrunner according to recent polls.