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June 28, 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 5
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Dean Hybl
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Phone: 864.283.2315

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More Than 6,000 Upstate Residents Take The Shared Upstate Growth Vision Survey
Shared Upstate Growth VisionThe Shared Upstate Growth Vision Survey generated feedback from more than 6,000 Upstate residents during a recently concluded four-week distribution period. Through the survey, residents from across the Upstate were asked to share "what matters most to you" as we look toward future growth in the region.    

Survey participants were asked to prioritize issues such as education, workforce development, green space, air and water quality, public safety and transportation. The survey also elicited responses pertaining to how residents envision future growth in both the urban and rural areas of the region.

"We are very pleased with the great interest and feedback we have received from residents across the Upstate," said Dean Hybl, executive director of TATT.  "It is clear that residents care about the future of our region and have specific elements for which they have great passion as we look toward the future."

The results from the survey, along with other regional studies and information, will be used by the Ten at the Top Vision and Values Committee to create an initial vision statement and vision principles. Residents will then have an additional opportunity to help shape the vision through participation in a number of community forums to be conducted in the fall.

The survey results and initial vision statement will be shared at a Regional Summit on September 28th at the Carolina First Center.  The event is open to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to offer input and help prioritize the elements of the vision.  TATT will also host community forums across all 10 counties of the region during the months of October and November where residents will again have the opportunity to provide feedback on the initial vision statement and principles.  

Specific details about how to register for the Regional Summit and Community Forums will be announced in late July.
Upstate SC Alliance Launches Redesigned Web Site
Upstate Alliance web siteThe Upstate SC Alliance has launched a redesigned website aimed at showcasing the region to site selection consultants and business leaders who might consider establishing a presence in the Upstate of South Carolina.

A highlight of the new website - which is still accessible at www.upstatealliance.com - is a site location center that serves as a major resource for location decision-makers as well as the general public. The site location center features a GIS (geographic information system) mapping application for available properties in the 10-county area, a unique map center, as well as a multitude of data reports, and resourceful information on a variety of topics about the Upstate such as demographics, business climate and lifestyle.  

The new website also contains a media center that captures positive news across the region and the new site has more information on each of the ten counties that the Upstate SC Alliance markets around the globe to foster economic development.

Visual icons and new color schemes on the home page now designate four key growth industries in the Upstate: energy, automotive, advanced materials and biosciences.  These indicators will also be included on future Alliance marketing material, providing cohesive messaging to the Alliance's target audiences.
Clemson University To Host Leadership Summit
Clemson Leadership SummitClemson University is currently taking applications for a Leadership Summit for High Potential and Emerging Leaders to be held August 2-6 at Clemson at the Falls in Greenville.

The 5-Day Leadership Summit has been designed by a diverse consortium of industry leaders that includes key members from Michelin, BMW, the City of Greenville, GE Energy, Wells-Fargo/Wachovia, Duke Energy, Hubbell Lighting, RBC Insurance and BB&T. The Leadership Summit's mission is to enhance, reinforce, and advance your emerging leaders' thinking by providing rigorous, reality-based and thought-provoking leadership modules facilitated by industry and executive education champions. The Summit will focus on 5 Traits of Leadership identified by the consortium-Integrity, Objectivity, Creativity, Courage and Passion. A team of champion facilitators comprised of senior industry leaders and renowned Clemson University executive education experts will facilitate the week.

The cost to participate in the Summit is $3,995 and includes all training materials, project workbooks, breaks, full networking lunches each day and a graduation luncheon. For additional information check out the web or call Kay James at 864-656-2200.
TATT Looking For Volunteers To Help Coordinate Community Forums

2010 Grow ExpoAs part of the community outreach portion of Creating a Shared Upstate Growth Vision, Ten at the Top will be holding Community Forums in each of the ten counties in the region (Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union) during the months of October and November.

In preparation for those forums, as well as the Regional Summit to be held on September 28th, Ten at the Top is forming a committee to help coordinate the upcoming meetings.

TATT is looking for volunteers from each county who can help with identifying and securing event locations and with spreading the word about the forums.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Dean Hybl at dhybl@tenatthetop.org or 864.223.2315.

Ground is Broken for Center for Emerging Technologies

CU-ICAR Center for Emerging TechnologiesGround was broken in early June for the Center for Emerging Technologies at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Construction of the 60,000-square-foot building, designed by Neal Prince Architects, will be completed in early 2011.

Unlike previous buildings at CU-ICAR that have followed the single tenant structure, the Center for Emerging Technologies will have multiple tenants and will provide incubator space for startup companies. Sage Automotive was introduced at the groundbreaking as the initial tenant for the facility.

The center represents a cumulative investment of $11 million. The Clemson University Real Estate Foundation received $3 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The Center for Emerging Technologies will be built on property adjacent to the parking facility and tower housing the CU-ICAR Partnership Office, St. Francis VRUM fitness center and Carolina First Gallery in Technology Neighborhood One.

Hybl Attends ULI SGAIN Conference

2010 Grow ExpoTen at the Top Executive Director Dean Hybl was among a group of leaders from 15 regions across the United States who recently participated in a two-day Smart Growth Alliance Information Network (SGAIN) Conference hosted by the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. Hybl received a ULI Grant to help cover conference expenses.

The conference included sessions with representatives from three federal agencies, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These three agencies are currently working together on a number of federal grant programs, including the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant.

"It was a great opportunity to learn how other regions are looking at planning, growth and regional collaboration as well as to hear what is happening at the federal level," Hybl said. "I am especially appreciative of ULI for making it possible for me to participate."

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