ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — The Rock Springs/Sweetwater County Airport in southwest Wyoming is changing its name effective Feb. 1.

The airport board has voted to call it Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport.

Board chairman Jim Wamsley says the change is a big step in trying to develop the airport and the region it supports by providing a brand that is recognized in the marketplace.

Board members say the move will benefit economic development efforts in the region by helping with business recruitment.