Rocky Fork Enterprise

Groundhog economic forecast

Professor Buser returns to share insights


Gahanna could find out whether a shadow looms over business this year, as the 16th annual Groundhog Economic Forecast Breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Creekside, 101 Mill St.

Gahanna development director Anthony Jones said the event has become a foundation of his department's efforts to attract businesses to Gahanna.

The breakfast recognizes those businesses that have invested their resources within Gahanna and demonstrates to the public how Gahanna has been successful in improving the local economy and serving the businesses and residents within the community.

The event gives many businesses and residents an opportunity to network and gain valuable information to help them grow their business and invest their resources within the community throughout the coming year, according to Jones.

"Similar to last year, we will present three awards for projects that have had a tremendous impact on Gahanna's economy," Jones said. "All the winners have been great partners with the city, and each project will help to grow and sustain our economy."

Dr. Stephen A. Buser, professor emeritus at the Ohio State University, will return to share his insights on the economy in 2013.

"He had an outstanding presentation last year, and we hope to repeat that again this year," Jones said. "His perspective on our economy led to several questions from our event attendees, which demonstrates his ability to simplify complex economic issues."

Buser is a noted financial and economic analyst. In 2009 he completed a study of the economic impact of the Blue Jackets in the Arena District.

While at OSU, Buser served terms as chairman of the department of finance and associate dean for the Fisher College of Business. He also was a co-founder of the Student Investment Management Program in which OSU students manage a portion of the university endowment. Buser has provided consulting services for a number of companies, and he was chosen to serve on the Obama-Biden transition team.

Jones said guests also would receive a copy of the 2012 annual report, highlighting all of the Gahanna development/ planning department's accomplishments for the year.

Heartland Bank is a partial sponsor for the event.

Registration for the breakfast is available online at