LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Casper Area Economic Development Alliance and the University of Wyoming have signed an agreement for UW to operate a new business incubator in Casper.

The Casper Area Innovation Center now will become a branch of UW's Wyoming Technology Business Center.

Bill Gern is UW's vice president for research and economic development.

Gern says the agreement with the Casper alliance is another example of UW's commitment to help new and existing businesses all across Wyoming.

UW will have a three-person staff at the Casper operation.