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September 6, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 11

Sept. 13 - Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Web Site Sub Committee Meeting
Upstate Alliance (124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202) - 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 - TATT Executive Committee Meeting

University Center - 12-2 p.m.


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

Oct. 5 - Community Vibrancy  3-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 - Human Potential

9:30-11 a.m.

Oct. 7 - Sustainable Growth

10-11:30 am 

Oct. 10 - Natural Beauty & Resources
3:30-5 p.m. 
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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
Upstate Elected Officials-September 1More than 100 elected and business leaders from across the Upstate gathered on September 1st to discuss how city and county leaders can communicate and work with our state and federal legislators on issues that impact local communities and the entire region.

The regular meeting of the Upstate Elected Officials included special presentations by the cities of Fountain Inn, Greer and Spartanburg as these communities shared examples of projects happening in their communities.

The session also included a panel discussion featuring U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, State Senator Floyd Nicholson and State House Members Chandra Dillard and Mike Forrester discussing ways to communicate and work together as city, county, state and federal leaders.

The event was sponsored by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, an architectural firm with offices in the Upstate.

This was the final meeting of the Upstate Elected Officials for 2011, but the group is planning to meet three times in 2012 with the first meeting in January 2012.


Vision Statement

Following productive meetings in August, the Our Upstate Vision Task Forces are moving forward on identifying regional actions that can help move forward the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision.


You can get all the meeting notes from meetings that have been held to date. 


The task forces will be meeting again in October to prioritize items for the specific action plans.  


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: Thursday: October 6, 2011 - 9:30-11 a.m.  


Sustainable Growth: Next Meeting: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10-11:30 a.m. 


Natural Beauty & Resources: Next Meeting: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 3:30-5 p.m.  


Community Vibrancy: Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:00-4:30 p.m.   


Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality: Web Site Sub-Committee: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Upstate Alliance (124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202, Greenville)


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.  




Playful Cities

KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play, recognized 151 cities across the country as Playful City USA communities, including two communities from the Upstate. The City of Spartanburg was selected for the fifth straight year while the City of Greenville joined the list for 2011.

Playful City USA is a national recognition program honoring cities and towns that make play a priority and use innovative programs to get children active, playing, and healthy. The program is now in its fifth year and in 2011, cities and towns across the country in 38 states and 1 territory earned Playful City USA status. In addition to Spartanburg and Greenville, other cities from South Carolina that earned recognition were Camden, Marion and North Charleston.

For more information on Playful City USA, please visit http://kaboom.org/playfulcityusa




Harvest Hope

The Home Builders Association of Greenville is teaming up with Harvest Hope Food Bank to collect food for Upstate residents in need during the 3rd Annual Fall Southern Home & Garden Show, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. 

The Fall 2011 show will feature great exhibits, seminars, promotions and celebrity appearances for those who are planning Fall fix-ups, renovations, outdoor living additions, and landscaping projects, as well as those searching for seasonal decor for the holidays.  Bring a donation of non-perishable food for Harvest Hope Food Bank and receive $1 off admission.  Visit http://www.hbaofgreenville.com for more information.



Ann Angermeier-WIB  Ann Angermeier, Executive Director of the Upstate Workforce Investment Board, graduated from The Emily Post Institute's Business Etiquette Train the Trainer Program in Charleston, SC on June 30, 2011.  The intensive training with Peter Post, the great-grandson of Emily Post and Director of The Emily Post Institute, provided education on eleven etiquette modules over a period of time including communication, business social, dining, professional image and workplace etiquette.  Angermeier is licensed to teach business etiquette the Emily Post way, use Emily Post materials and is considered "Trained by The Emily Post Institute."

"We are honored to share our knowledge with Ms. Angermeier.  Part of the mission of The Emily Post Institute is to spread the word about the importance of civility in building and strengthening personal and professional relationships," said Peter Post, co-author of The Etiquette Advantage in Business and author of the New York Times bestseller Essential Manners for Men.

"Mr. Post was phenomenal as an instructor," Angermeier said.  "I learned so much during this training and am eager to teach the information to employees in the business sector and those entering the workforce.  I was astounded that a UNC study was conducted surveying 1,400 employees across many business sectors and found that 775 persons had an uncivil act committed against them at work causing them to lose work by avoiding the instigator, decrease their work effort due to worry, or  leave their job.  Bullying in the workplace is increasing.  Businesses should take Business Etiquette very seriously for these reasons. Social Media is also becoming a menace to businesses.  When customers gain access to information from an employee's Facebook or find a Twitter posting, it can have dire consequences to the business in lost contracts or work.  Your employee is the company's representative and face.  The cost of this training will be offset exponentially and will increase civility by employees at work and socially.

"It will have them thinking about what the consequences of certain actions and statements will be. A sign in Charleston in a store window read:  Think - what you do today, will be on Facebook tomorrow.  That sums it up fairly well."

The Emily Post Institute, Inc. was created by Emily Post in 1946 to promote and study etiquette in America and is run today by fourth generation family members.  

Angermeier said that businesses or individuals may call 864-706-8256 if they are interested in this training.  It can be held at the site of the business or offsite.



Furman Lifelong Learning Center 

Furman University held a groundbreaking ceremony on campus Thursday, Aug. 25 for its newest building, the Herring Center for Lifelong Learning.

The ceremony took place at the future site of the building, which will be located next to the Younts Conference Center and across from Timmons Arena.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September and be completed by August 2012.

The $6.4 million, 23,000-square-foot Herring Center for Lifelong Learning will house Furman's Division of Continuing Education, including offices of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Bridges to a Brighter Future, Center for Corporate and Professional Development, Learning for You, and Undergraduate Evening Studies.  It will also provide classroom space for these programs.

The naming gift for the Center was provided by Furman graduates Sarah and Gordon Herring of Greenville, who have been generous and longtime donors of the university.  Other major donors include local foundations, alumni and friends.  OLLI members were the driving force behind the effort and make up the majority of the donors.

"This new building, with its emphasis on providing educational opportunities for the community, represents the core of Furman's values and its educational system," said university president Rod Smolla.  "Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and any great university must be deeply connected to the community that surrounds it."



SCHCC ScholarshipsThe South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to students across South Carolina. The awards were made as part of the program for the kickoff celebration promoting the 2011 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala, which will be held on November 12, 2011 at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2011 Gala will go toward the scholarship program.

The initial scholarship awards were given to: Arelis Moore (Center for Community Services), Rosanna Saladin (Clemson Doctorate Study), Alice Rodriguez, Dayna Cecibel Munzon, Kimberly Linnette Restrepo, Nicholas Leon, Zainab Rashiba Jah Candelario, Judy Jeanette Escalante, Ashlynn Lorrain Polanco, Gabriela Cristina Ruiz.

The theme for the 2011 SCHCC Gala is "Celebrate South Carolina's Vibrant International Business Community." For more information about SCHCC or to obtain tickets for the 2011 Gala: call 864.643.7261 or e-mail gala@schcc.org.





Salute to Manufacturing

South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Robert M. "Bobby" Hitt III, the former manager of corporate affairs at BMW Manufacturing Company in Spartanburg, has been named to keynote the 16th annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon at Greenville's TD Convention Center on September 22, 2011.


Secretary Hitt will address an expected gathering of several hundred manufacturing industry, business, civic and political leaders from across the Palmetto State at the annual luncheon, to be held this year in Greenville.  Twenty-two companies from across South Carolina have been named finalists for 2011 Silver Crescent Awards, which recognize the achievements and contributions by South Carolina's top manufacturers. 


Secretary Hitt has brought a wealth of manufacturing experience, insight and advocacy to South Carolina's Department of Commerce from his past leadership position with BMW Manufacturing.  Prior to joining BMW, Secretary Hitt served as the director of planning and development for the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough law firm in Columbia, and was instrumental in bringing BMW Manufacturing to the Upstate.  He also worked for 17 years as managing editor of both The State and The Columbia Record newspapers. 


Secretary Hitt is immediate past chairman of the S.C. Manufacturers' Alliance, vice chairman of the Public Affairs Steering Committee for the Southeast Region of the National Association of Manufacturers and has served on the executive committee of Advance SC and on the board of the S.C. Centers of Economic Excellence, among numerous other business and civic commitments.


Now in its tenth year, the Silver Crescent Awards for Manufacturing Excellence program honors manufacturing organizations from across the Palmetto State for their contributions to South Carolina's educational system, commitment to workforce, environmental stewardship, and product or process improvements. 


Tickets to the luncheon and a preceding reception are $40 per person, and are available online at www.silvercrescentsc.org or from program administrator Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.  Sponsorship packages inclusive of tickets are also available.  Seating is limited, and interested attendees are encouraged to secure tickets immediately.


Presented annually by The Silver Crescent Foundation, the 2011 Silver Crescent Awards are co-sponsored by Marketplace Staffing, one of South Carolina's leading staffing and productivity solution providers; by CPM Federal Credit Union, which has proudly served South Carolina manufacturers since 1955; by Dream It, Do It of South Carolina, and by SC Biz News, LLC. 


To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards and the Salute to Manufacturing Luncheon, visit www.SilverCrescentSC.org or contact Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.




Heritage Corridor

Make plans now to participate in the 2011 Heritage Development Summit, which will be hosted by the South Carolina Heritage Corridor November 14-16, 2011 at Clemson.


The three-day program will include innovative speakers and interactive programs that will focus on a wide number of topics including fundraising, marketing, social media, tourism measurement, non-profit development, custom service and interpretation.

Participants will learn the latest trends, new tricks and tips and get real world expertise from the leaders in the state and nation.

For more information or to reserve your spot, check out the Summit web site. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available by contacting Michelle McCollum at mmccollum@scprt.com or (864) 338-4841.





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

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