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April 26, 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 3
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Dean Hybl
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Ten at the Top
Email: dhybl@tenatthetop.org
Phone: 864.283.2315

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TATT To Ask Upstate Residents "What Matters Most"
in Regional Vision Survey from May 10-31

Ingo AngermeierAs the initial community outreach piece of the year-long initiative to Create a Shared Upstate Growth Vision, Ten at the Top will be asking residents across the Upstate "What Matters Most" as we look toward the future and growth in the Upstate.

The survey will be available both online and in print form between May 10th and 31st.

Building on the work done a year ago in the ULI Upstate Reality Check, the survey will gauge which characteristics residents prefer from four growth patterns (dispersed, compact, corridors and rural village) that were originally identified by the 400 participants in that event.

The survey will also include questions about what matters most to residents as we look toward the future in the areas of economic vitality, natural and cultural resources, education and quality of life.

The results from the survey will be used by the Ten at the Top Vision and Values Committee to develop the elements of the Shared Upstate Growth Vision. The vision will be unveiled in a Regional Summit on September 28, 2010.

You can get more information about the Regional Vision Survey at www.tenatthetop.org.
Vision and Values Committee Holds First Meeting
Dr. John StockwellUnder the leadership of Committee Chairman Dr. John Stockwell, President of USC-Upstate, the Ten at the Top Vision and Values Committee held their first meeting on April 12th.

The Vision and Values Committee will spend the spring and summer developing a Shared Upstate Growth Vision based on feedback from residents across the region through the Regional Vision Survey.

The Committee currently consists of more than 40 members from across the 10 counties. To ensure inclusion from all key stakeholder groups, members were chosen based on a number of criteria including professional vocation, geography, ethnicity, gender and age.

The next meeting of the committee will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Click here for a full committee list.
Ten at the Top Forms Communications Committee
Ingo Angermeier
Communications experts and representatives from the local media met on April 16, 2010 for the first meeting of the Ten at the Top Communications Committee.

The committee discussed communications strategies for engaging as many people as possible in participating in the upcoming Regional Vision Survey.

Several local media outlets are donating advertising space or time to help spread the word about the survey across the region.

Committee members will work with TATT to identify locations across the region to place the print version of the survey. Primary locations include municipal buildings, hospitals, libraries and schools.

Another opportunity for engaging a large number of residents is through e-newsletters and e-mails that are regularly distributed by companies and organizations across the region. TATT and the Communications Committee are developing a list of distribution opportunities across the region.

If you or your company would like to assist in spreading the word about the upcoming Regional Vision Survey, please contact TATT Executive Director Dean Hybl.

The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 3 pm at the University Center in Greenville. Click here for a full committee list.

Upstate Business Summit - Think Green. Grow Green - Friday, April 30, 2010

Upstate Business SummitThe Upstate Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with Greenville County Workforce Investment Board and other local agencies and businesses, will host the Upstate Business Summit- "Think Green. Grow Green." at the Hangar in downtown Spartanburg on April 30, 2010 from 8am to 2pm.

This one day comprehensive conference will provide Upstate businesses, institutions, organizations and non-profits with innovative ways to go green and save some money in the process. Upstate businesses and organizations will find all the resources they need to "go green" in today's economy whether their focus is protecting the environment, saving energy, benefiting their bottom line while "going green" or simply wanting to learn more about "going green."

Click here for more information and to register.

2010 South Carolina Employer Benefit Survey Now Underway

BenefitsBusinesses across the Upstate can receive valuable information about how your company benefits compare with other similar companies by participating in the 2010 South Carolina Employer Benefits Survey.  The survey will compile, aggregate and provide customized benchmark data from companies across South Carolina at no cost.  By participating, you'll receive:


  • Custom benchmarking - compare your benefits plan to South Carolina and national companies
  • Easy - simply enter data online in a user-friendly format
  • Timely -- receive actionable data in time to plan upcoming benefits programs
  • Absolute confidentiality of results
  • Individually customized reports
  • August 2010  seminar - invitation to an in-depth presentation of data


To enter your organization's data, simply go to the 2010 SC Employer Benefits Survey.  Follow onscreen instructions from there.  Deadline to participate is May 31, 2010.


If you have any questions, please contact Gina Dill at (864) 672-4565.

Regional Grow Expo To Be Held on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2010 Grow ExpoThe Greenville Chamber will host its premier small business event, the Grow Expo during the National Small Business Week, on May 25, 2010. This program will provide networking and learning for all in attendance. Furthermore, this event will provide an opportunity for small businesses to showcase what they have to offer through its exhibitor hall.

Attendees will join hundreds of Upstate business leaders in a full day of networking and learning as a variety of training sessions will offer strategies and tips on how to move your business to the next level in the areas of sales, leadership, entrepreneurship, networking, human resources and more. 

To attend this FREE event and visit the dynamic exhibit hall, click here to register. If you are interested in having a booth in the exhibit hall, click here for more information.

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