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May 24, 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 4
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Dean Hybl
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Nearly 4,000 Upstate Residents Have Participated in the Shared Upstate Growth Vision Survey -
Has Your Voice Been Heard?

Shared Upstate Growth VisionSince May 10th, nearly 4,000 residents from across the 10-county Upstate region have shared their vision for the future of the Upstate by taking the Shared Upstate Growth Vision survey.

Has your voice been heard?

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

The survey is available both online and in print form through May 31st.

Building on the work done a year ago in the ULI Upstate Reality Check, the survey gauges 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 also includes 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.

Click here to take the Shared Upstate Growth Vision survey. Then please pass it on to your friends, co-workers and neighbors to help ensure that as many voices as possible are heard from across the Upstate.
USC-Upstate Dedicates "The George"
"The George" brings USC-Upstate to downtown Spartanburg.
Downtown Spartanburg received a huge boost on May 13th with the formal dedication of the new George D. Johnson, Jr.  College of Business and Economics facility at USC-Upstate.

Dubbed "The George", the 60,000 square foot facility brings an important component of USC-Upstate to downtown Spartanburg.

The state-of-the-art facility includes innovative classrooms, a full Wall Street style stock ticker and  an art gallery.

For more on "The George" check out this story from the USC-Upstate website.

Media Outlets, Businesses and Community Organizations Help Promote
The Shared Upstate Growth Vision Survey
Regional Vision Billboard

Ensuring that every interested resident of the Upstate has an opportunity to share their vision for the future is a challenge for this grass roots local effort. Unlike the recent U.S. Census process that included an intense advertising campaign and printed surveys sent to every address, the Shared Upstate Vision survey is relying on donated media and word of mouth to spread the word across the Upstate.

So far, a number of key local media partners have stepped up to help increase community awareness through advertising donations. Current media partners include GSA Business, Entercom Radio, the Greenville News, the Anderson Independent Mail, the Spartanburg Herald Journal, WYFF-TV, Fox Carolina and Fairway Outdoors. Other media organizations across the region have supported the project through placement of editorial content.

In addition, numerous community organizations, schools, businesses, hospitals and local governments have assisted in spreading the word through e-mail communications, web site advertising and circulating the printed version of the survey.

"The assistance we have received across the region has been tremendous," said Ten at the Top Executive Director Dean Hybl. "Every organization we have talked to has been more than willing to help spread the word.

"Every voice matters in creating a vision for the future that is representative of all residents of the region, so the more help we have in getting the word out the better."

Union County Chamber Program Supports Young Leaders

Union Young Leaders ProgramThe group of nearly 20 students, advisors and guides went the entire 11 mile stretch on the Pacolet and Broad rivers without anyone going in.

There was a little splashing, but all in all everyone was dry when they and their kayaks were pulled out of the Broad River just outside Lockhart.

Except one.

Union County High School junior Patrick Greer was the only one who had the pleasure of finding out how warm or cold the water of the mighty Broad was on Tuesday afternoon when the kayak he was in flipped as we was waiting to get out.

It didn't bother him, though, and despite a few tired arms and a little chill everyone else in the party enjoyed the experience, too. They also had the opportunity to learn about teamwork in a real life situation.

The trip - guided by Carolinas Outdoors Expeditions - was designed as a team-building exercise for participants of the Leadership Union programs. The Youth Leadership kids had the pleasure of being the first to launch on Tuesday and the adults shoved off for the same 11-mile trip down the two rivers today (Wednesday, May 12).

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Eastern Named to The Wholesaler's Hall of Fame

Eastern-logoEastern, formerly known as Eastern Industrial Supplies, a company headquartered in the Upstate, has been selected by The Wholesaler business publication to the business Hall of Fame.

Click here to read a historical account of Eastern as chronicled by Eastern management.

Congratulations to Eastern for this special recognition.

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