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July 13, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 9

TASK FORCE MEETINGS All Task Force Meetings are currently being held at the University Center (225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville)

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

Aug. 11 - Sustainable Growth - 10-11:30 am

Aug. 11 - Community Vibrancy

2-3:30 pm

Aug. 18 - Natural Beauty & Resources
9-10:30 am

Aug. 24 - Human Potential 
2-3:30 pm  
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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
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Ten at the Top has announced the dates for the next meetings of the five Our Upstate Vision Task Forces. The task forces were created to develop action plans in the five focus areas of the regional growth vision that was unveiled earlier this year.


Currently more than 225 Upstate residents have volunteered to serve on one of the five task forces that are focused on the areas of Human Potential, Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality, Sustainable Growth, Natural Beauty & Resources and Community Vibrancy.


The first meeting for each task force was held in May or June.  Each group will be holding their second task force meeting in the coming weeks as they continue to identify opportunities for regional collaboration and partnership in that particular area of the vision.


Below is a list of each Task Force as well as the co-chairs for that committee and the date of their next meeting (all meetings are being 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);  

Next Meeting: Wednesday: August 24, 2011 - 2-3:30 pm 


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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 9:30-11 am 


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

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 10-11:30 am 


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

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 9-10:30 am 


Community Vibrancy: Torance Inman (Union County Chamber of Commerce), Terence Roberts (Mayor, City of Anderson), Nancy Whitworth (City of Greenville);  

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 2-3:30 pm 


It is not too late to join one of the Our Upstate Vision Task Forces and 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.  

Union Kiosk Maps 

The Union County Tourism Commission unveiled its "You Are Here Maps" that are posted inside of the stand alone kiosks throughout the county.  There are currently three locations where citizens and visitors alike can find information on restaurants, hotels, specialty shops, and various attractions.


With their bright array of colors and easy to navigate design, these maps are sure to be a hit with our tourism partners.  This project was a true partnership with the business community, and we thank you.  The maps include 23 sponsors of some of our favorite places to eat, sleep and shop.


"This is only the beginning, as visitors come into town, they will now know that Union has a great deal to offer", said Auvis Cole, former Union County Tourism Commission Executive Director.


With the kiosks up and running, getting tourism information will no longer just be between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday, but 24/7 instead.


For more information, please call the Union County Tourism Commission at 864.441.2555. 


Spartanburg Bikes 

A new program launched by Partners for Active Living is helping Spartanburg residents increase daily physical activity with the Southeast's first bike-sharing system, Spartanburg B-cycle.  The initiative includes 14 B-cycles at 2 B-stations, one at the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail and the other at Morgan Square.


"Partners for Active Living is working to create the healthiest community that we can.  Spartanburg B-cycle is an innovative, convenient tool that can help get residents and visitors, alike, more active.  We want physical activity to be as easy as possible in Spartanburg," said executive director Laura Ringo.  "We hope that the bicycles are used for trips around downtown and for recreation on the Rail Trail. In addition, we want to ensure that Spartanburg continues to be a leader as a bicycle-friendly community."


The sharing process is simple: become a member and then users have access to the red cruiser bikes. The program has three different membership types: annual, 30-day or 24-hour.  The price of membership is $30, $15 and $5, respectively.  The first hour with each use is free.  Each additional half-hour is $1.  Memberships are purchased with a credit card online or at either of the kiosks.  Annual and 30-day members will receive a B-card in the mail to make bicycle check-out take only seconds.  Bikes can be checked out and returned at either location.


The bikes are equipped with a front basket, an easily adjustable seat, three gears and a handy bell, as well as a computer to track mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets. Riders can monitor their personal fitness, miles traveled, carbon offsets and connect with others online at http://spartanburg.bcycle.com.


Spartanburg B-cycle has been made possible with support from the Mary Black Foundation and City of Spartanburg, as well as other corporate sponsors.



Partners for Active Living's staff will be holding B-cycle introduction sessions (10-15 minutes) so that members and interested community residents can learn about all of the bells and whistles. 


Upcoming Sessions will be held:

Tuesday, July 19 at noon and 5:30 at the Rail Trail


Thursday, July 21 at noon and 5:30 pm in downtown Spartanburg


Tuesday, July 26 at noon and 5:30 pm at the Rail Trail


Thursday, July 28 at noon and 5:30 pm in downtown Spartanburg


For additional information about Partners for Active Living and Spartanburg B-cycle, please visit www.active-living.org or call 864.598.9638.




Carolina Thread Trail

Cherokee County and the Carolina Thread Trail invite all Cherokee County residents to attend a public open house for the County's Carolina Thread Trail Master Plan.   


Please join us to receive information and share your input on the design of the countywide Greenway Master Plan.  Cherokee County, its municipalities and the Carolina Thread Trail, along with project consultants HadenStanziale, will be present to share information about the project, and to solicit citizen input on where greenway corridors should be located throughout the County.


Below are the dates, times and locations for the three meetings scheduled for early August. The same information will be provided at each public open house.    


August 2nd - 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Corinth Baptist Church - 190 Corinth Road - Gaffney


August 4th - 11:30-a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Gaffney Visitor's Center - 210 W. Fredrick St. - Gaffney


August 4th - 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Blacksburg Community House - 103 S. Shelby Street - Blacksburg 


 The Carolina Thread Trail is a 15-county, two-state initiative designed to inspire and facilitate the creation of a regional network of trails, blueways, and conservation corridors that is gowing together to link more than 2.3 million citizens. 


For more information about the open houses and the Plan, visit the Carolina Thread Trail web site www.carolinathreadtrail.org or contact:


Randi Gates

Carolina Thread Trail Community Coordinator

704-376-2556 x 217






Upstate businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the Fall 2011 Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability which is being offered through Furman University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development and in cooperation with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability.  The program, recognized as one of the top 10 corporate sustainability education programs in the US, is ideal for senior administration and sustainability practitioners who are responsible for implementing a corporate sustainability strategy.

The program is an intensive executive education program that addresses the applicability of sustainability principles and practices to business.  Through the Center for Corporate and Professional Development, Furman experts educate regional and international business leaders, trade associations and industry organizations on how to define sustainability, discuss its value, and describe realistic ways businesses can implement and measure sustainable practices.

'Going green' cuts costs, creates innovative products and business process, grows market shares and strengthens brands.  Many companies are clearly illustrating that going green is no longer a 'nice to do' program in good times, but a key ingredient to gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage in the new, reset economy. Corporate sustainability is being readily embraced because it makes business sense.  The 'triple bottom line' impact of decreasing costs, increasing revenues, and enhancing corporate social responsibility are attractive to small and large businesses, their employees and customers.

Furman's Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability program will be comprised of 5 two-day Class Modules during the Fall:

1) Sustainability Primer  (Sept. 8-9)

2) Sustainability Tools-Foot Printing Mapping, Auditing, Activity Streams (Sept. 29, 30)

3) Life Cycle Management/Assessment and Green Accounting  (Oct. 13, 14)

4) Product, Service or Business Process Innovation and Green Marketing  (Nov. 10, 11)

5) Implementation, Engagement, Course Summary  (Dec. 8, 9)

For more information (times, dates, tuition) please contact Dr. Brad Bechtold (294-3136) www.fusbp.com, or to register:  http://www2.furman.edu/Sites/CPD/ApplyOnline/Pages/ApplicationForm.aspx 






Euphoria Greenville

This September 22nd-25th, in Greenville, SC, food, wine and music lovers are coming together for euphoria, one of the Southeast's premier culinary and cultural festivals. With a full roster of special events and acclaimed chefs, wine experts and musicians like Sean Brock, Laura Williamson and Will Hoge, euphoria is more than a front row seat for exceptional tastings and performances. Plus, new this fall, euphoria is proud to present even more opportunities to get close to leading chefs, sommeliers and musicians, with expanded offerings for beer and spirits enthusiasts.


So whether you're sampling classic Southern comfort food at Taste of the South, learning how Edwin McCain gets inspired to write a song at Songwriter's Recipe, sipping a refreshing drink at the New Orleans-style Jazz Brunch, enjoying the Tasting Showcase with Master Sommelier-led wine seminars, world-class wines and guest chef cooking demo, or having a seat at the new family style farm-to-table Sunday Supper, you'll experience the true flavor of this increasingly popular annual gathering.


Don't miss your chance to take to the streets of scenic Downtown Greenville for euphoria 2011 - simply log on to euphoriagreenville.com to reserve your tickets and view the complete schedule of events. Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets before more intimate gatherings, like our Guest Chef Dinners, fill up.


We hope you'll join us in Greenville for what promises to be the best euphoria experience yet.


Tickets go on sale July 15th at euphoriagreenville.com.




SC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a series of free workshops collectively entitled the "2011 Entrepreneur Empowerment Series". The first course in the series will begin Thursday, August 4, 2011.

The Business Development Seminar is designed for start-ups and small business owners who desire to expand their knowledge of business in the areas of marketing, finance, accounting, management, insurance, and taxes.


This seminar will meet every Thursday in August from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at The University Center in Greenville.  


The seminars are free and all are welcome to attend. This course will be conducted in English. A Spanish version of this seminar will be offered in October. For more information, contact Gustavo Nieves at gnieves@schcc.org or (864) 569-7068. Click here to register





Upstate Forever

Upstate Forever is currently looking for input from residents across the Upstate on a survey about the possible interest of businesses and individuals in participating in a regional carbon credits program.

Currently, many businesses and individuals in our region voluntarily purchase carbon credits in order to offset the carbon emissions resulting from their operations or activities. Upstate Forever, for example, purchases wind energy credits to offset the energy usage at our main office in Greenville. Upstate Forever has greatly reduced its energy consumption through solar generation and efficiency upgrades, such as windows and insulation. There are, however, residual amounts that UF cannot eliminate on site so they purchase credits to offset that usage.

The money that UF pays for these offsets, however, does not remain in South Carolina-it is used to build wind turbines in other areas of the country. The same is true for some Upstate Forever staff and members who choose voluntarily to purchase credits from companies like TerraPass-these funds are used to complete projects outside of our state and even outside the United States. These are fine projects, but is there enough interest to justify creating similar projects in the Upstate?

This survey is part of an assessment to determine the feasibility of establishing a voluntary, market-based carbon bank program that would keep Upstate dollars in the Upstate. It is not a referendum on climate change or renewable energy. There are several effective and successful offset banks already operating in other parts of the country. Upstate Forever simply wants to know if it is feasible to have one here.

Please help Upstate Forever assess the opportunity here in the Upstate by sharing your opinion.

Click Here to take the Upstate Forever Survey 





 Over the last year and a half, a total of 80 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 Regional Patron level:


Regional Patron: USC-Upstate, Minor Shaw, Broad River Electric Cooperative, City of Greer, Liquid Inc. Marketing, Greenville Tech, Trehel Corporation, Community Foundation of Greenville, Coldwell Banker Caine, BB&T, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Northwestern Mutual, Tri-County Technical College, Welling Strategic, General Wholesale Distributors, Greer Chamber of Commerce, McMillan Pazdan Smith, Hughes Investments, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Development 

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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