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June 6, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 7

TASK FORCE MEETINGS All Task Force Meetings are currently being held at the University Center (215 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville)

June 8 - Community Vibrancy
2-3:30 pm

June 14 - Natural Beauty & Resources - 3:30-5 pm

June 15 - Human Potential

2-3:30 pm

June 21 - Sustainable Growth
10-11:30 am

July 19 - Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality  
9:30-11 am

TATT Executive Committee

June 21 - 12-2 pm - University Center   
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Dean Hybl
Executive Director
Ten at the Top
Email: dhybl@tenatthetop.org
Phone: 864.283.2315

Jacquelyn Fehler
Program Manager
Ten at the Top
Email: jfehler@tenatthetop.org
Phone: 864.283.2313
Vision EventNearly 200 interested Upstate residents have already volunteered to serve on one of the five Our Upstate Vision Task Forces that have been created to help identify regional actions that support the Our Upstate Vision.

The Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force has already met and have scheduled their second meeting. The others will be holding their initial task force meetings in June.

Below is a list of each Task Force as well as the co-chairs for that committee and the date of their upcoming meeting (all initial meetings will be held at the University Center in Greenville):


Human Potential: Dr. Keith Miller (Greenville Tech), Dr. Melissa Overman (DHEC), Dr. Ivan Randolph (Abbeville County Public Schools); First Meeting: Wednesday: June 15, 2011  


Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality: David Cordeau (Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce), Sam Erwin (Palmetto Bank), Jim Price (McNair Law Firm); Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 19, 2011   


Sustainable Growth: Charles Dalton (Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative), Phil Lindler (Greenwood City/County Planning), Stephanie Monroe (City of Spartanburg); First Meeting: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 


Natural Beauty & Resources: Lee Garrett (Mayor, Calhoun Falls), Ty Houck (Greenville County Recreation Dept.), Bogue Wallin (Pacolet Milliken Enterprises); First Meeting: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 


Community Vibrancy: Torance Inman (Union County Chamber of Commerce), Terence Roberts (Mayor, City of Anderson), Nancy Whitworth (City of Greenville); First Meeting: Wednesday, June 8, 2011  


Task Force membership is open to any interested resident. If you have a specific professional or personal passion in one of the five driver areas, please contact Jacquelyn Fehler, TATT Program Manager, for more information or to join a task force.  

Laurens Welding Program A partnership between Piedmont Technical College and Laurens County School District 55 is filling an important role in providing welding classes for individuals who may otherwise not have been able to participate in this job skill program.

Originally started as a pilot program, Piedmont Technical College is now offering Gas & Arc Welding, Arc Welding II and Print Reading courses from Monday through Thursday nights at Laurens 55 High School. The goal of the program is to offer students the opportunity to earn their journeyman welding certificate.

"This was a good opportunity for Piedmont Tech to grow the welding program and benefit all those involved," said Keith Lasure, dean of engineering and industrial technology at Piedmont Technical College.

"The classes are the same beginning courses taught in Greenwood," said Jim Fleming, PTC welding program coordinator/instructor. "We wanted to provide options for those who are interested in enrolling in the welding program, but are unable to make the drive. I think we were successful in that endeavor."

Enrollment is currently underway for the Fall Semester.

For more information, contact the Piedmont Technical College Laurens County Higher Education Center at 864.938.1505.

C.C. Woodson Center 

The National Development Council (NDC) has recognized the City of Spartanburg with a national award in the category of creative financing for the C.C. Woodson Community Center, which used federal funds, state funds, locally donated funds, loans from partners, and new market tax credits to complete the project at a remarkably low cost to City of Spartanburg taxpayers.

The project was one of six finalists and the City was invited to attend the conference, which showcases the top economic and community development projects in the nation. The category winners are uniquely judged and selected by their peers at NDC Academy.

Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director for the City of Spartanburg states, "This is a very special recognition for a very special project. It is great to see the impact the Center has had in such a short time. The City is so thankful for its major funding partners - SunTrust Bank, Mary Black Foundation, and Spartanburg Housing Authority. We also would like recognize BMW Manufacturing Company and Coke Cola for their support, but this facility is really about the people of Spartanburg and the Community they represent."



Tax Reform in SC

Michael Fanning, Executive Director of the Olde English Consortium, will be in the Upstate on June 28th to talk about the tax system in South Carolina and the need for comprehensive tax reform.

The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard in Greenville.

You can either register online or by calling 864.233.4137.




Junior League of Spartanburg

The Junior League of Spartanburg is excited to kick off another year, and is ready to impact the community more than ever before. The Community Impact Program was created in 2009 as an effort to give League members more opportunities to get involved within the Upstate community.  The program was quite successful and plans are to continue this initiative throughout the 2011-2012 year. This program allows a non-profit organization to apply for the help they need throughout the year rather than one time for year-long help. These activities are typically more of a "Done in a Day" type of project rather than a long-term one. Some examples include volunteers for a 5k run, for a fundraising dinner, or to help at an agency.

In efforts to "go green," the entire application process will take place online.  The online application can be accessed from the Junior League of Spartanburg website at www.jlspartanburg.org.  All applications for Fall 2011 projects should be submitted to the League by June 15th.  Each project must fit the guidelines set by the JLS and its parent organization, The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). In addition, any organization seeking support for a project must complete this application regardless of the past relationship with the JLS.

A non-profit information meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 6pm at the Junior League Office located at 615 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC to discuss new Community Impact processes and answer any questions.

The Junior League of Spartanburg, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

For additional information contact Jessica Carlson at (864) 316-2498 or the League Office at (864) 583-5842.





The City of Pacolet and surrounding communities along the Lawson's Fork Creek-Pacolet River Corridor are using a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development grant to gain a better understanding of how the area can take advantage of its history, attractive waterway and other assets when looking toward the future.


The grant funded a $60,000 study with the preliminary findings unveiled before an audience of interested local residents on May 13th.   


The goal of the study was to find ways to augment existing entertainment and commerce, add jobs, enhance the quality of life for residents and strengthen the financial sustainability of the area.


Conducted by RKG Associates, the study recognized tourism as a potential economic engine for the area and looked at the possibility of a trail system connecting Pacolet and Glendale, interactive exhibits, adventure sports, a riverside ampitheatre, horse riding trails that would connect with trails at Croft State Park, shops and housing.


Once the final study result are completed later this month, the communities will start identifying opportunities to move forward on projects recommended in the study. 


"We're so excited about what our future is going to be," said Pacolet Mayor Elaine Harris. "This study shows that this area is capable of becoming a magnet for tourism, an industry that is gradually becoming a big part of the local economy."





Upstate Forever Event

A daylong design workshop exploring active, healthy communities was hosted by Upstate Forever and the City of Greer on May 12, 2011.  Tom Low, Director of DPZ Charlotte Architects and Town Planners, guided 90 participants in looking at ways of restructuring a city or town's built environment which promote healthier, more physically and socially active lifestyles. 

With ever-increasing obesity rates and a rapidly growing aging-population, public health officials are encouraging an increase in physical activity, healthy eating and stronger social networks.  As such, registered architect and certified planner, Tom Low, presented general principles for designing a built environment which allow for shorter distances and travel times, more connections between purposes (shopping, work, recreation, etc.) which foster walkabilty and physical activity.  He along with DPZ Project Manager, Guy Pearlman, provided illustrations for gardening/farming within a variety of development contexts and made suggestions for creating a lighter environmental impact by increasing infill development, redeveloping brownfields, retrofitting suburban strip malls and even converting large lot single-family homes into potential retiree dwellings.

Using the urban-to-rural transect as a model (http://www.dpz.com/transect.aspx), Low highlighted an alternative to the standard (Euclidean) zoning.  The' transect model', defines a series of zones with graduated transitions from sparse rural farmhouses to a dense urban core rather than zoning according to single purpose (housing, offices, shopping, etc.)  A built environment that is structured by a transportation network that connects all purposes decreases the necessity for long distance travel and offers the opportunity to travel by any means.  With increased opportunities for walking, biking, etc. community members become more healthy and active.

In order to increase participant understanding of the Transect concept and healthy communities, Low then led a design workshop called "mixopoly" in which participants tried their hand at designing a built environment according to the Transect model using a variety of "game pieces" like varied housing types, garden plots, schools and networks of roads.  In another exercise, participants were instructed to redesign an existing Upstate corridor.  Using large-sized corridor maps, tracing paper and markers, participants reconfigured streets, and intersections; added sidewalks and bikepaths and other transportation options to neighborhoods; changed land use restrictions to allow for a variety of land uses and housing types; and added pocket parks and gardens etc.  Low emphasized that similar real-world changes can take place incrementally.





Hub City Farmer's Market

The Hub City Farmer's Market, located at the Old Train Depot at 298 Magnolia Street in Downtown Spartanburg, is now open every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until noon through November 12th.

The Saturday Market offers a variety of produce, plants and prepared goods. In addition, there are a variety of events including cooking demonstrations, children's activities, live music and more. Art @ the Market is held the first Saturday of each month.

The market will also be open on Wednesdays from 12-2 pm from June 1st through September 28th.

For more details go to the Hub City Farmer's Market web site.





Liberty Fellowship

The Liberty Fellowship will be hosting their 2011 South Carolina Summit on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  


Registration will begin in August and more details about the event will be released at that time.


The 2010 Liberty Fellowship Summit featured Dan Heath, co-author of the book Switch as the guest speaker. More than 700 interested residents from across South Carolina attended the first-ever event. 


You can get more information on the Liberty Fellowship web site.





 Over the last year and a half, a total of 57 organizations and individuals from across the Upstate have helped support the mission of Ten at the Top to promote collaboration and planning in the Upstate by donating funds or services as either a continuing funding partner (commitment of at least three years), annual funding partner or event sponsor.


Each month we will be highlighting some of these organizations that recognize the value of regional collaboration, planning and partnerships across the 10-county Upstate region as we work together to ensure that the Upstate remains a great place to live, learn, do business and raise a family for generations to come.


Below are the Continuing Funding Partners at the two highest levels, the Regional Steward and Regional Partner levels:

Regional Steward: Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina


Regional Partner: AnMed Health, Pacolet Milliken, ScanSource


You can read the entire list of TATT Funding Partners on our web site.

If your organization recognizes the value of regional collaboration, planning and partnerships and would like to become part of this prestigious group of local champions, please contact Dean Hybl (dhybl@tenatthetop.org) or go to the web site to download our pledge form.


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EDITOR'S NOTE: The July edition of the TATT E-Newsletter will be distributed on Wednesday, July 13th. Deadline for submissions will be Friday, July 8th. We will return to our regular schedule in August.
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