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January 3, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 1
Jan. 11 - TATT Executive Committee Meeting
12:00-2:00 p.m. - Village at Pelham

Jan. 12 - Vision & Values Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m.-12 p.m. - University Center

Jan. 13 - TATT Spanish Language Community Forum
5:30-7:30 p.m. - NEXT Innovation Center

Feb. 1- TATT Board of Directors Meeting
12:00-2:00 p.m. - Palmetto Bank
306 East North St. - Greenville

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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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Email: jfehler@tenatthetop.org
Phone: 864.283.2313
SC Hispanic Chamber of CommerceTen at the Top  is partnering with the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host a Spanish speaking community forum on Thursday, January 13, 2011.  This special Spanish language forum is being held, in addition to 12 county-specific community forums that were held in October and November, to ensure additional community involvement in the development of the Shared Upstate Growth Vision and implementation strategy for the region.  The event will take place at the NEXT Innovation Center in Greenville County from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and is open to all Upstate residents, though attendees are asked to pre-register to participate.

Creating a Shared Upstate Growth VisionIn preparation for the Shared Upstate Growth Vision Forum and Workshop on April 27, 2011, Ten at the Top is inviting interested community members to participate in the development of elements for the vision and workshop.

If you have a business or personal interest in any of the regional vision elements listed below, please contact Dean Hybl about how you can be involved in preparations for the April event.

The five focus areas are:
- Human Potential
- Entrepreneurial Vigor
- Sustainable Growth
- Natural Beauty & Resources
- Community Vibrancy

Click here to learn more about each vision element.


Union County Leaders
Union County leaders proudly display the new plug in charging station.
The City of Union recently became one of the first communities in South Carolina and the entire country to become home to something that may become much more common around the state and nation in future years.

During an event held at Union City Hall on December 9th, two electric vehicle charging stations were unveiled as part of a statewide project launched by Plug In Carolina, a not-for profit organization formed to educate the public about the benefits of plug-in vehicles.

After competing for a grant to do so, Union became one of nine cities in the state to deploy electric vehicle charging stations in December. A total of 30 stations were deployed and that total is expected to reach 80 stations by early 2011.

"The City of Union is proud to be among the first locations across the United States in which these charging stations will be deployed," said Mayor Harold Thompson. "We are also excited about the opportunity to participate in the mission to educate the public about the environmental impact of reducing carbon emissions."

Jim Poch, the Executive Director of Plug In Carolina said that there are three reasons to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles: environment, economy and dependency on foreign oil. He also pointed to the addition of Proterra Bus and CT&T to the Upstate, with a projected investment of $80 million and 1,600 jobs, as examples of how this technology can benefit the region economically.

According to Poch, there will be more than a dozen models of electric or partially electric vehicles hitting the streets within the next one to three years.

"We're happy to show that Union - and the state of South Carolina - is deploying an infrastructure to welcome these vehicles and to encourage these vehicles," Poch said. "The state of South Carolina is first as far as getting multi-deployed cities."

Poch also recognized the important role of Lockhart Power in making the charging station in Union possible. "Lockhart Power put in some financial contribution," he said. "They put in a dollar and we were able to get three."

Bryan Stone, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Lockhart Power and the president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said that the fact Lockhart Power generates nearly 100 percent of its power from renewable energy makes the energy coming from this charging station even more environmentally efficient.

"Not only do the cars not produce pollution when they run, but the electricity running through the cars was generated without producing any pollution," Stone said.

(Thanks to Derik Vanderford and the Union Daily Times for the information used in this story)


Proterra Bus
The first Proterra bus made in the Upstate.
On December 16th, Proterra Inc. proudly rolled out the first electric transit bus made in the Upstate during a program at their temporary facility in Greenville. This comes less than a year after Proterra announced they would be locating their operations in Greenville County.

The first bus will be sent to the Bus Research and Test Facility in State College, Pennsylvania. The Federal Transit Administration uses the test track operated by The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute to test new bus models.

Jeff Granato, President and CEO of Proterra said that his company expects to produce 81 electric transit buses at the Upstate facility in 2011. The company also plans to add as many as 250 new employees in 2011. They also plan to break ground on their permanent facility at the CU-ICAR campus in Greenville during the second quarter of 2011.

TATT LogoTen at the Top has added five new members to its current 40-member board comprised of business, non-profit and civic leaders from the ten different counties in the Upstate. 

The new members include:

Chandra Dillard - Representative, South Carolina State House; and Director of Community Relations, Furman University
Phillip Kilgore - Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
Evelyn Lugo - President, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Ivan Randolph - Superintendent, Abbeville County Public Schools
Ann Wright - CEO, American Red Cross of Upstate South Carolina

TATT board members are charged with representing the region and their community in fostering trust and collaboration within the region, serving as an advocate for regional thinking within their specific city or county, assisting TATT in engaging elected officials, business and community leaders within their community, and supporting general organizational functions.  They must also be willing to attend board meetings as well as other events or committee meetings as directed by the regional initiatives. 

"We have one of the strongest and most engaged boards in the Upstate that truly believes in the mission of TATT, and we are pleased with the experience and passion that our newest members will bring to the organization," said Irv Welling, TATT Chairman.  "We are at a critical point for our region.  The Upstate currently has a vibrant economy and is going to continue to grow, and we have an opportunity now to develop a vision for the region that can help business, community and elected leaders identify and address issues that will support what matters most to area residents as we look toward the future."

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