Triad-area economists are warning officials and business leaders in the area not to oversell the ?ripple effects? of a new Dell plant, as they are unlikely to spread around the entire region in a significant manner. But hope springs eternal:

Despite the less-than-rosy outlook, economic developers from outlying counties such as Rockingham and Stokes said they believe the effect of Dell’s decision to locate in the Triad will pay nearly immediate dividends.

“We’re excited,” said Ron Morgan, director of Stokes County Economic Development. “We’ve got over 70 percent of our work force that commutes outside the county each day, primarily to Forsyth and Guilford counties.”

Well, never let economic analysis stand in the way of hopeful excitement.