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August 1, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 10

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

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 

TATT Board of Directors Meeting
Aug. 16 - 12-2:00 p.m.
University Center

Upstate Elected Officials Meeting
Sept. 1 - 3:30-5:00 p.m.
BMW Zentrum 
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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

Trey GowdyFor the second time in 2011 and the third time in the last year, city, county and state elected leaders, along with business leaders from across the region will gather on September 1, 2011 for an Upstate Elected Officials Meeting.

The topic for this session will be "How City and County Leaders Can Work and Communicate With State and Federal Legislators" and will feature a panel discussion that will include U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (pictured), South Carolina State Senators Thomas Alexander and Floyd Nicholson and South Carolina House Members Chandra Dillard and Mike Forrester.

The Upstate Elected Officials Meetings began in August 2010 as an opportunity for city, county and state legislators from across the Upstate to gather together to discuss key topics that cross city and county boundaries. More than 100 elected leaders and interested business leaders from across the Upstate have attended each of the first two meetings.

The meetings were created and are organized through a partnership of the Appalachian Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Ten at the Top, Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Upstate Chamber Coalition, Upstate Forever, and the Upstate SC Alliance.

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, an architectural firm with offices in the Upstate, is serving as the host sponsor for the September 1st meeting, which will take place from 3:30-5 pm at the BMW Zentrum.

For more information or to register to attend, please contact Jacquelyn Fehler, TATT Program Manager.



Our Upstate Vision cover

It will be a busy month for members of the Our Upstate Vision Task Forces as there will be full task force meetings in the areas of Human Potential, Sustainable Growth, Natural Beauty & Resources and Community Vibrancy. In addition, members of the Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force have already broken into sub-committees that will also be meeting in August.  


Currently more than 225 Upstate residents have volunteered to serve on one of the five task forces. Each task force is charged with developing a regional action plan that identifies opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in that particular area of the vision.   


Below is a list of each Task Force and the date of its next meeting (full task force meetings are being held at the University Center in Greenville):


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


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


Natural Beauty & Resources: Next Meeting: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 9-10:30 am 


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


Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality: Contact Jacquelyn Fehler about the sub-committee schedule for August 


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.  



A.J. Whittenberg School  

Supporters of A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School for Engineering or anyone looking for a fun family evening are invited to attend "Celebrate A.J. Day" at the Greenville Drive baseball game at Flour Field on Monday, August 15, 2011.


Prior to the 7 pm contest, there will be a PTA Meet and Greet for current and new parents of A.J. Whittenberg students and all A.J. Whittenberg students will receive free admission. School activities will be featured throughout the ballgame. 


A portion of ticket sales will go to benefit the school and special ticket packages are available.


For more details, contact Ansel Sanders at 864. 452.0512. .



Spartanburg Junior League 

The Junior League of Spartanburg recently announced the 2010-2011 Annual Award Winners at their 60th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration.  


Honorees included:


Mary Flowers Scott Smith Award for Community Service - Colleen Rice
Presidential Award/Member of the Year - Melissa Coy
JLS Team Award - Santa's Shoppe Auction Committee
Provisionals of the Year - Blair Harakas & Catherine Heatley
Sustainers of the Year: Katherine Jeter - in recognition of significant contributions made to the JLS
Marianna Habisreutinger - in recognition of significant contributions made to the Spartanburg community through volunteer efforts
Cathy McCabe - in recognition of significant professional accomplishments

The Junior League of Spartanburg would like to congratulate all of the honorees and extend a warm thank you for all of their hard work and time given during the 2010-2011 service year.  The League is excited to celebrate 60 years as a member of Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. and service in Spartanburg during the 2011-2012 year.  After a year of hard work from every woman throughout the League, the League looks forward to the accomplishments through volunteerism in the community in the coming year.

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.





Furman University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development is offering a Program designed to help small to medium-sized businesses. The 2011-2012 Sustainability Series will assist small business with how to:

  • Conserve and better manage energy usage
  • Conserve and better manage water usage
  • Reduce and better manage operating waste

The Program consists of a three-phase process:

1st An in-class or on-line seminar is attended that will help businesses perform a self-assessment of energy, water and waste usage and creation.

2nd An on-line system wherein self-assessment data is entered into an evaluation process that will generate specific recommendations and calculated savings. Recommendations will be based upon type, size and location of business and include both financial (no cost, low cost & investment required as well as target area (high, medium and low) analysis

3rd An on-going provision of recommendations as well as comparative analysis will be provided through the evaluation of real-time utility usage data.


Why should a business enroll in this Program?

Many incentives are being offered just to enter the Program as well as adopt certain recommendations. Even more so, the system will provide proven recommendations that will help businesses better manage operating costs.Incentives include:

  • Up to $150 in utility bill credits will be offered on a limited basis; a list of Federal and State incentives by recommendation type; discounts and incentives tied to recommendations; access to free on-site services for further evaluation/assessment; best practices & success stories; expert advice; continuing education credits; marketing program logo for display; website promotion (Furman 250); and business challenge awards (monetary rewards for each vertical market category in terms of its undertakings/impacts.

What is the cost of this program?

  • $99 for 1 seminar that covers waste, water and energy;
    • 60-75 minutes of class time;
    • 2-4 hours, or more depending on the size of business, to conduct the self-assessment.

The Series is available as part of a grant received from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Furman believes that if we do not begin to address these issues in our community, the value of our community (businesses, homes, schools, infrastructure) will decline.


For more information... visit  www.fusbp.com or e-mail brad.bechtold@furman.edu or call

(864) 294-3136.







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





Hispanic Chamber Empowerment Series

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





Laurens Welding

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 a variety of 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.


The next round of classes begins on August 24th. For information, call 864.938.1505.  


You can also watch a video about the program.    






Glendale School

The Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS) will host a two-part comprehensive kayak safety workshop on August 20th and 27th, 2011.  


Taught by ACA certified instructors from the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), course work will focus on river safety and rescue.  This workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in river paddling, regardless of skill level, and will leave participants armed with the skills to become safe and effective paddlers.  Thorough in scope, the curriculum is designed to give kayakers the opportunity to safely navigate river hazards, learn proper paddling techniques, and feel comfortable with hazard prevention in the water.   


The courses may be taken individually or as a package. Each workshop will start promptly at 8:30am and will conclude at 5pm.  Participants will meet at GOLS and then proceed to the Pacolet River for instruction.   All necessary gear and safety equipment will be provided, but paddlers may opt to use their own.  The price is $75.00 for one course or $130.00 for both, including lunch. Members of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) will receive an additional $10 discount.   GOLS is able to offer this great opportunity at a reduced cost thanks to grant support from South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism.  Additional information and registration forms can be found at www.palmettoconservation.org/paddlecourse.asp or by calling 803-771-0870.


August 20th - ACA River Safety Course - This course is designed to teach beginner paddlers to safely and enjoyably kayak on gentle rivers.  Emphasis is placed on exercising good judgment and safety, trip preparation, and planning.  Participants will also learn proper water reading skills and paddling techniques to safely navigate whitewater.


August 27th - ACA River Rescue Course - This course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques and simple rescues of paddlers in distress.  Emphasis is placed on both personal safety and simple, commonly used skills.  Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapments and pins, will also be discussed.


The Glendale Outdoor Leadership School is a program of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation.  GOLS opened its doors in 2007 in the historic mill village of Glendale, SC.  GOLS is located in an old Methodist church, with surrounding buildings consisting of offices and overnight facilities. Programming offered at GOLS includes summer camps, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, teambuilding, and environmental education classes.








Ron Cotterman

Sealed Air Corporation presented "Sustainable Sourcing, Operations and End of Life Solutions Community Forum" on July 13, 2011 at Spartanburg Community College.  


The daylong forum organized by InnoVenture focused on discovering and developing new business opportunities related to sustainable materials and manufacturing. More than 100 attendees (engineers, business developers, energy managers, waste managers, university researchers, etc.) had the opportunity to connect with one another while exploring current success stories and ideas in sustainable business practices.


Sustainable business development involves the areas of energy; water, sourcing, and recycling and waste management (onsite composting and/or pursuing zero waste to landfill practices). Forum presenters discussed their own best practices as related to operationalizing 'green processes' involved in product design, delivery and reuse. Companies are realizing evermore the need to measure and assess their practices to determine their level of sustainability. 'Green' is viewed by businesses not only in terms of lessening their carbon footprint, but also in terms of ensuring a cost savings and higher business revenues.


Innovative sustainable practices employed by South Carolina companies include using recycled materials in the production of new items (i.e., SAGE, fiber recycling for new car interiors); reducing water usage by collecting and reusing water in plant operations; opting for alternative energy sources (converting methane from landfills to fuel); providing on-site composting; increasing the life cycle of new products (cradle-to-cradle, rather than cradle to grave); creating packaging that increases shelf life of food (i.e., Sealed Air packaging materials that extend life of food, reducing waste) and, setting goals to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill as has been done by Milliken (Boeing SC, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Glen Raven and others). Chantal Fryer of South Carolina's Department of Commerce says that green jobs are growing as the recycling market develops, "nearly everything can be recycled."


SC DHEC: Recycle/E-cycle South Carolina Home:


SC Department of Commerce: Recycling Associations Listings; Recycling Market Development



Speaker topics included: a Review of Sealed Air Corporation Objectives (Sealed Air); Waste to Energy Success Story (Milliken, Covanta, Sumter Transport); Energy Managers Panel - Energy Reduction Initiatives (Michelin, Duke, and FujiFilm); Journey to Zero Landfill (Sealed Air Corporation); Defining Green Products & Integrating Sustainability into New Product Development (Ingersoll Rand); Sustainability: A Journey Not a Destination (Michelin); Fiber Recycling and Reuse (Sage Automotive Interiors); Waste Management Best Practices (Waste Management); Composting: What's Ahead (SC DHEC); Southeastern Recycling Opportunities (SE Recycling Development Council; SC Department of Commerce)







Euphoria Greenville Bands

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 are now on sale at euphoriagreenville.com.





 Over the last year and a half, more than 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 organizations and individuals that are currently serving as annual partners for TATT in 2011:


Regional Steward: GSA Business 

Regional Benefactor: Upstate Business Trends 

Regional Partner: Fairway Outdoor, Entercom Upstate, Greenville Business Magazine 

Regional Sponsors: Greenville News, Anderson Independent Mail, Spartanburg Herald, Business Black Box 

Regional Advocate: Hughes Agency 

Regional Patron: Brad Wyche, Piedmont Natural Gas, Quinn & Satterfield Inc., Oconee Medical Center, Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS) 



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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If your city, county or organization has news you want to share or an event you want to promote with people across the 10-county Upstate Region, send it to us and we will include it in the next Ten at the Top e-newsletter.

The TATT newsletter is typically distributed the first Monday of each month (with special editions as information warrants) to more than 6,500 residents across the Upstate. The deadline for submitting information is the Thursday prior to the first Monday of the month. Because the first Monday in September is Labor Day, the e-newsletter will go out Tuesday, September 6th, and the deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 1st.

Send information about an upcoming event, special recognition or anything else you think is of regional interest to Dean Hybl.

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