A noted financial and economic analyst from Ohio State University will share insights for the coming year during Gahanna's 15th annual Groundhog Day Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 2.

A noted financial and economic analyst from Ohio State University will share insights for the coming year during Gahanna's 15th annual Groundhog Day Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 2.

OSU professor emeritus Stephen A. Buser will be the keynote speaker at the event that begins at 7:30 a.m. at Creekside, 700 Creekside Plaza.

Gahanna deputy development director Leah Evans said Buser had completed a study of the economic impact of the Blue Jackets in the Arena District in 2009. While at OSU, he served terms as chairman of the department of finance and associate dean for the Fisher College of Business.

According to Evans, the 15th anniversary of the event will be celebrated by reflecting on the growth of Gahanna and the increased number of residents, businesses, developments and investments.

"This event has become a foundation of our efforts to attract businesses to Gahanna," said Anthony Jones, Gahanna's development director. "It recognizes those businesses who have invested their resources within Gahanna. The event also demonstrates to the public how the city of Gahanna has been successful in growing our economy and serving the businesses and citizens within our community."

The city will present Excellence in Development Awards to the 2011 exceptional projects and public-private partnerships that have invested in the community and provided benefits for the residents and businesses of Gahanna.

"Each year, we get together as a community to celebrate the successes of the previous year and to thank those individuals and businesses who made an exceptional investment in our community," Jones said. "This event will give many businesses and citizens within Gahanna and throughout the region the opportunity to network and gain valuable information, which, I hope, will help them grow their business and invest their resources within our community throughout the upcoming year."

The event also offers an opportunity to listen to an economic forecast from a highly regarded economic professional, Jones said.

Buser was one of the co-founders of the Student Investment Management Program in which OSU students manage a portion of the university endowment. During sabbaticals from OSU, he was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and MIT. Buser also was chosen to serve on the Obama-Biden transition team and currently serves as the official historian for the American Finance Association.

Those wanting to attend the breakfast should register by sending their name, business name, phone number and email address to groundhog@gahanna.gov.