The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of the University of Wyoming
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By Micaela Myers
A manufacturer wants to expand. A small business needs help with accounting, social media and any number of things in between. A company wants to bid for government contracts. An entrepreneur has a brilliant idea and needs help to turn it into reality.
"There is no other place in the nation that has a deeper relationship between a university and an economic development entity in the state government than what happens here in Wyoming," says Bill Gern, UW vice president of research and economic development.
"The fact we have one state agency providing the state funding for all of them and they all report to Bill Gern at the university allows for a collaboration and cooperation that, without a doubt, is not duplicated in any other state," says Ben Avery, division director of business and industry at the WBC.
"The university is a critical piece to the economic vitality of the state of Wyoming," adds Bob Jensen, former CEO of the WBC. "Really, nothing happens without them being right alongside us and communities throughout the state in the effort to try to affect positive economic growth."
Together, the network's programs help bring in millions in annual revenue to the state and help to create and support thousands of jobs.