How Economic Change Happens and Why We Resist It

Andrew Reamer
Andrew Reamer Former Brookings Expert

October 11, 2007

At a Symposium on Change hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Regional Institute, Andrew Reamer explores the fundamental driver of regional economic change—innovation—and the dynamics of resistance to change. After reviewing innovation’s role in powering U.S. economic growth over the last 50 years, Dr. Reamer discusses the consequences of innovation for the economic fortunes for the Buffalo region, the impact of change on personal and community identity and narrative, and the importance of leadership in the regional reinvention process.

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