Gahanna's 17th annual Groundhog Day event has a new host this year, but it still will offer an economic forecast for the future and highlight 2013 achievements.
The Groundhog Day Economic Forecast Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Creekside Conference and Event Center, 101 Mill St.
"The event will be hosted by the Gahanna Community Improvement Corp. due to the city's budget constraints," said Anthony Jones, Gahanna development director. "I am happy that we are able to keep this longstanding tradition. I want to thank the Gahanna Community Improvement Corp. and our business community for making it possible."
The annual economic forecast is the capstone event of the year for economic development in the city.
"Attendees will hear how the city of Gahanna experienced steady growth in job creation and private investment throughout 2013," Jones said.
A total of 48 new companies with an estimated 537 new jobs came to Gahanna last year, he said.
"This coupled with the $34 million in construction projects will help the city continue its path toward sustainable economic activity," Jones said. "This year is shaping up to be an exciting year for many incentive districts within the Gahanna community. We are optimistic that we will see an increase in commercial activity in Gahanna Central Park and within Olde Gahanna. It will be another exciting year for Gahanna businesses in 2014."
CIC board member Ron Wolfinger will serve as the master of ceremonies at the breakfast.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen A. Buser, professor emeritus of the Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.
He will share his insights and projections on the economy for 2014. Buser is a noted financial and economic analyst.
"He brings useful information in a user-friendly way," Jones said. "He's entertaining and makes people laugh."
While at OSU, Buser served terms as chairman of the department of finance and associate dean at Fisher. He also was one of the co-founders of the Student Investment Management Program in which OSU students manage a portion of the university endowment. Buser has provided consulting services for a substantial number of companies, and he was chosen to serve on the Obama-Biden transition team.
The breakfast is the city's premier business retention and attraction event and provides an opportunity for networking with Gahanna businesses and elected officials.
"It has really become a regional draw for people who want to learn about Gahanna and be in Gahanna," Jones said.
Registration is requested by Jan. 24. Register online at http://bit.ly/1aJ5q5N.