Travel Apps that Connect Travelers with Locals


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Credentialed manager David Frasher served as a city administrator and manager of several communities across America. In addition to travel to serve various cities, David Frasher frequently travels for leisure. Here are some travel apps that help tourists travel like locals:

Airbnb – This app connects tourists with locals by providing the former with home listings in each city. Instead of staying in hotels, tourists can enjoy the company and hospitality of local homeowners.

Eatwith – Having authentic, home-cooked meals in a new city gives tourists a taste of local culture. With Eatwith, travelers can look for hosts willing to cook popular dishes for them, for a fee.

Party with a Local – Through this app, travelers connect with locals who are willing to join them for a glass of wine, or a night at the club.

Vayable – Locals serve as vacation architects in the app, Vayable. They create and curate ideal vacation ideas for travelers, who wish to experience a city or culture the way locals do.

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The Oregon City Chamber of Commerce Presents the “Heartstrings”

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Oregon City Chamber of Commerce

David Frasher serves as the city manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he manages all the city’s departments as well as its funds. In addition to his commitments to the municipality, David Frasher also participates in community-based civic work as a board member of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce.

The Oregon City Chamber of Commerce works with local businesses to create an environment supportive of its enterprises. With over 300 members, the chamber addresses the needs of the business sector and links them to other community decision makers. It also initiates several events to promote local talent.

In December, the chamber invites the community to a musical event featuring the Heartstrings. This husband-and-wife musical duo hails from Tulatin, Oregon, and are known for playing both contemporary and period music. Their unique performances feature interpretive costumes, and folk instruments such as the hammered dulcimer.

The Heartstrings performance will be held at the End of Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Center, on December 18, 2016.

ICMA’s Voluntary Credentialing Program

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International City Management Association

In the late 1990s, David Frasher decided to discontinue his private law practice to accept a job as city administrator of Oak Grove, Missouri. In his new line of work, David Frasher managed all aspects of running a municipality, such as finance, public works, and code enforcement. After a few years of experience, the International City Management Association (ICMA) accredited him as a credentialed manager.

The ICMA Credentialing Program recognizes local government managers as professionals in public service. This voluntary program qualifies government managers in terms of education, experience, and commitment to professional development. To apply for the credential, ICMA requires up to 15 years of experience, which varies depending on the applicant’s educational background. Qualified applicants undergo a peer review credentialing process to assess their expertise.

Currently, ICMA has over 1,454 credentialed managers. To renew the credential, ICMA requires members to complete 40 hours of continuing professional development, recorded and submitted through an annual report.

How Famous Chefs Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali Came to Be

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Anthony Bourdain


The professional career of David Frasher revolves around public service, starting as a police officer, lawyer, then finally transitioning as a city manager. For his personal interests, David Frasher follows popular American chefs Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali to nurture his creative interests.

Born in 1956 in the city of New York, Anthony Bourdain’s early interests were literature and rock music—a product of his parents’ influence. Despite a rebellious childhood, Bourdain managed to find his passion by working at local seafood restaurants while he was in college. After two years, he decided to take up culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America. He spent years climbing the kitchen ranks, until he became Executive Chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

The well-known chef and overall food celebrity Mario Batali developed his passion for culinary arts during childhood. He was introduced to traditional Italian cooking during visits at his grandmother’s house, which influenced him to enroll at London’s Le Cordon Bleu. Although he was unable complete his studies, he trained under famed chef Marco Pierre White. Batali is best known for being one of the original Iron Chefs.

CMT to Release TV Show Portraying Johnny Cash and Other Artists

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The Million Dollar Quartet

While serving as a municipal administrator for more than 15 years, David Frasher leverages his experience in the public service sector to serve as the City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Also a music fan, David Frasher especially enjoys the music of the legendary Johnny Cash.

CMT and Thinkfactory Media teamed up to produce a scripted TV show featuring the 1956 jam session of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. It is set to be released as an eight-episode drama series with a working title of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Viacom Network held casting calls and callbacks last February 13 and 14 at the Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School. The network decided to cast Kevin Fonteyne as a 24-year old Cash, Drake Milligan as a 21-year old Presley, and Christian Lees as a 21-year old Lewis.

The Million Dollar Quartet is an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. It is a remake of the monumental congregation of these musical geniuses at the Sam Phillips’ Sun Records amidst the Civil Rights Movement in 1956. The scripted drama is set to debut in November, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the recordings.

The Benefits of Being an ICMA Credentialed Manager

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International City County Management Association

David Frasher received his legal education from the Washington University School of Law. Currently serving as City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, David Frasher is credentialed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

In keeping with its mission of advancing professional local government worldwide, ICMA established its voluntary credentialing program, which aims to recognize professional local government managers who are deemed to be qualified based on a combination of relevant education, adequate experience, adherence to ethical principles, and a commitment to lifelong professional development. Those who pass the peer review credentialing process receive the title “ICMA Credentialed Manager,” which is granted by the ICMA Executive Board.

There are many benefits to being an ICMA Credentialed Manager. First, the title-bearer will be a recognized professional local government manager whose unique expertise has been quantified and who demonstrates adherence to the highest ethical standards. Moreover, it provides a sense of community by allowing a peer review of the title-bearer’s professional activities and learning. The title can also provide a gateway to eligibility for the Legacy Leaders Program, as well as access to workshops and other training specially designed for ICMA Credentialed Managers.