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Posted on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 : 5:52 a.m.

Outlook 2010: Annual economic forecast for Washtenaw County coming March 28

By Paula Gardner

The region’s most comprehensive economic forecast for Washtenaw County will be reported on on Sunday, March 28.

“Outlook: 2010” will be based on research across Washtenaw County by the University of Michigan’s George Fulton and Donald Grimes.

This is the 25th anniversary of the report, which was started by the former Ann Arbor News.

The report is being finalized and the Ann Arbor Business Review team will receive preliminary results on Monday so that we can start reporting it.

Typical features in the report include detailed information on job gains and losses in Washtenaw County, including break-downs by sector. The report also forecasts trends in employment, offering a key indicator of what kind of economic activity we can expect in this region over the coming year.

Watch for our report in next Sunday’s print and online editions of Coverage of the topic will continue through coverage of the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on Wednesday, March 31.

That event, part of the Washtenaw Economic Club speaker series and presented by, features a presentation on the report by Fulton and a keynote address by John Fernandez, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development.

The luncheon coincides with’s Business 2 Business Expo, which also takes place on March 31 at Washtenaw Community College. This event is free and features dozens of exhibitors and six free seminars.

For information on the events, go to

Paula Gardner is Business News Director of Contact her at 734-623-2586 or by email. Sign up for the weekly Business Review newsletter, distributed every Thursday, here.