The 2021 Economic Forecast had a vastly different feel to it on Tuesday compared with the last 35 years it’s been around.
It all started when The Columbian’s business reporter Julia Anderson scraped together some sources for a beginning-of-the-year article about what was to come in the local economy. She gathered them during a breakfast at The Crossing restaurant for an interview and note-taking, which turned into a story.
About 20 years ago, it shifted into an in-person event, and it’s been growing and evolving every year.
So on Tuesday, at the Wager Audio studio, lined with a green screen and a dozen different monitors, the event made another evolution — an all-digital and free event.
The layout was similar to past events as three experts discussed their industries through the theme of this year: disruption, with the ubiquitous pandemic affecting everything. A recording is available at columbian.com/economic-forecast.