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David Rusk, one of the major speakers at the recent Chautauqua Conference on Regional Governance, will return to the area this week in one of several events devoted to the issue of regionalization.

Rusk, who has analyzed the positive and negatives of urban development nationwide, delivered a strong message on suburban sprawl during the recent conference.

He urged civic leaders to take a long-range view and wide-lens view of municipal cooperation for future area health.

The regionalization has continued as a major topic of debate since the national conference at the Chautauqua Institute in June.

The Institute for Local Government and Regional Growth, an office established recently by the University at Buffalo to encourage government cooperation and consolidation, and economic development, has compiled a schedule of upcoming events devoted to the topic:

Tuesday -- At 7 p.m. at Medaille College, City Comptroller Joel A. Giambra and the Center for Governmental Research will present a new plan called, "No Handout, No Bailout," for revitalizing the Greater Buffalo area.

Friday -- The Erie County Legislature and other groups will hold a small-scale conference on regionalism with author Rusk at 10 a.m. Friday in Legislature Chambers, 25 Delaware Ave.

Rusk, a former mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., and author of "Cities Without Suburbs," will participate in the discussion, and officials from several area municipalities are expected to attend.

John B. Sheffer II, director of UB's new Institute for Local Governance and Growth, also will discuss the mission and goals of the recently created Institute for Local governance and Regional Growth.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Partnership, the UB Institute for Local Governance and Canisius College.

Aug. 5 -- Lauren Rachlin of the International Trade Council will speak at noon in the Buffalo Hyatt atrium about BorderNet, a regional trade group promoting the medical industry in Buffalo, Toronto and Rochester.

Aug. 7 -- The Buffalo Rotary Club will welcome Patty Malgeri of the Center for Governmental Research. She will speak about the new Buffalo consolidation study at 12:15 p.m. in the Harbor Club in Marine Midland Arena.

Sept. 30 -- Women for Downtown will hold a Buffalo Forum at noon in the Buffalo Hilton on the State Constitutional Convention.

Nov. 25 -- The UB Institute for Local Governance will hold a follow-up conference to the Chautauqua Conference in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus in Amherst.

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