David Frasher managed adoption of new ‘Smart Growth’ in Wisconsin
Ashland is a charming community with a rich history. The city had experienced a harsh transition from an economy built upon the extraction of natural resources to one of limited manufacturing, medical and regional services, retail, and tourism. David Frasher was the City Administrator of Ashland, Wisconsin from 2001 to 2005. He was responsible for budgeting, strategic planning, policy development, media relations, union negotiations and daily operations of all city departments including police, fire, community development, public works, utilities, finance, airport, leisure services, etc. He managed development and adoption of a new "Smart Growth" Comprehensive Plan that was chosen as the best in the State of Wisconsin by the American Planning Association. Through his dedication and focused approach, he brought several honors to the region. He obtained more than $13 million and federal grants within four-year period, collaborated with Wisconsin Department of Transportation Design Team on a $10 million major reconstruction of U.S. Highway 2 through city limits, and led the community to designation as nation's second "eco-municipality" in partnership with international representatives of the Sustainable Sweden Program.
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