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September 29, 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 8
COMMUNITY FORUM SCHEDULE
Oct. 4 - Spartanburg County Forum
5:30-7:30 - Spartanburg Library

Oct. 5 - Pickens County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - DunBurks Premier Events

Oct. 7 - Union County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Advance Technology Center

Oct. 11 - Oconee County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Gignilliat Center

Oct. 12 - Spartanburg County Forum

5:30-7:30 p.m. - C.C. Woodson Ctr.

Oct. 21 - Abbeville County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Location TBD

Oct. 25 - Cherokee County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Limestone College

Oct. 26 - Anderson County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Westside Community Center

Oct. 28 - Greenville County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - A.J. Whittenberg School

Nov. 1 - Greenville County
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Mauldin Cultural Center

Nov. 4 - Greenwood County Forum

4:30-6:30 p.m. - Greenwood Federal Building

Nov. 8 - Laurens County Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Piedmont Tech

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Dean Hybl
Executive Director
Ten at the Top
Email: dhybl@tenatthetop.org
Phone: 864.283.2315

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Phone: 864.283.2313
MORE THAN 400 ATTEND REGIONAL VISION SUMMIT; DRAFT VISION AND PRINCIPLES UNVEILED
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Summit photo
More than 400 business leaders, elected officials and residents from across the 10-counties of the Upstate gathered at the Carolina First Center on Tuesday, September 28th for the Upstate Regional Vision Summit.

The event included a presentation of the results from the
Shared Upstate Vision survey in which more than 6,000 Upstate residents provided input.

Also during the event, the
draft version of the Shared Upstate Growth Vision
was presented. The draft vision includes an overarching statement: In 2030 the 10-county Upstate South Carolina region is universally recognized as one of the leading places in the United State to live, do business and raise a family.

It also included five vision elements, each with three principles. The five elements are:
  • Human Potential
  • Entrepreneurial Vigor
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Natural Beauty & Resources
  • Community Vibrancy

When asked if the vision statement was reflective of their vision for the future of the Upstate, 92% of survey respondents agreed that it did. Asked which element is the most important to regional success over the next 20 years, 39% said Human Potential and 33% said Sustainable Growth.

The event also included a presentation by Shelley Lauten, President of myregion.org in Central Florida. Lauten shared that working together regionally is part of the global lexicon of the 21st century as areas look at how they can compete globally and maintain a high standard quality of life.
COMMUNITY FORUMS START OCTOBER 4TH;
MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD
Regional Vision SummitBeginning on October 4th, Ten at the Top will be hosting a series of 12 Community Forums across the Upstate during October and November. These forums are designed to get additional community input on what matters most to residents as we look toward the future of the Upstate.

This input will be added to the feedback that has already been received from more than 7,000 people in developing the final version of the Shared Upstate Growth Vision. The final vision will be unveiled in the spring of 2011.

The complete forum schedule is included at the top of this newsletter. Because we are serving refreshments, we ask that participants register in advance.
ARTS PARTNERSHIP OF GREATER SPARTANBURG RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY
FOR PER CAPITA REVENUE


The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and the Chapman Cultural Center hosts many activities that expose school children to the arts.
Creating a Shared Upstate Growth Vision
The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg recently hosted their annual meeting in celebration of the commitment to the arts in the Spartanburg region.


During the event, Executive Director Perry Mixter congratulated supporters for helping make the Arts Partnership one of the national leaders in per capita funding support. According to a study by Americans for the Arts, in 2008 Greater Spartanburg ranked 10th nationally in per capita  campaign revenue based on a United Arts Funds campaign revenue of $915,697 and a service area population of 260,000 people.


Mixter also illustrated that while the partnership is primarily focused on Spartanburg County, the many arts opportunities available at the Chapman Cultural Center draw interest from across the entire Upstate region. Annually, roughly 25% of all ticket sales for partnership events are purchased by residents from outside Spartanburg County.

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