Who we are: We create inspirational conditions for leaders to become innovators by tangibly changing the downtown core of Bakersfield. Participants in this annual program will work together in a team environment to develop an impactful installation (project) and actively contribute to making the greater downtown Bakersfield area a more desirable place to live, work and be.

What you’ll do: In this 10-month program (from September to June), participants will interview city stakeholders and innovators, compile a list of successful projects and ideas, and choose one to execute. Participants will also visit cities from within California that have some comparable factors to Bakersfield but are “doing it right” or “doing it better.”

Who the Innovation Lab needs: Someone who is mature, forward-thinking, positive and responsible, enjoys traveling and experiencing new destinations, enjoys making new friends as well as professional connections, enjoys learning about what makes things work the way they do, is new to Bakersfield or has called Bakersfield home for years, and wants to improve the way of life for yourself, your friends, family, and others.

What’s your commitment: Meet with your fellow Bakersfield Innovators two times per month for 10 months, and see your class project from beginning to end.

Cost: $750 will cover class merchandise, meals, several out-of-town trips, and life-enhancing experiences.

First Class Timeline: The application period is closed. If you're interested in participating in the 2020 Innovation Lab, please email