Ten at the Top
Upstate News

October 12, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 13

Oct. 19 - Community Vibrancy Sub-Committee Meeting  
Spartanburg CC - Tyger River Campus - 9:30-11 a.m.

Oct. 19 -
Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Sub-Committee Meeting

Spartanburg CC - Tyger River Campus - 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 8 - Board of Directors Meeting - University Center - Greenville - 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Dec. 13 - Executive Committee Meeting - Location TBD -
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Jan. 5 - Upstate Elected Officials Meeting - BMW Zentrum -
3:30-5:00 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
TATT web site - June 2011

Ten at the Top has received a $20,000 grant from the Graham Foundation to develop a website/portal that will serve as a "Regional Information Hub" for Upstate residents. The web portal will be designed to connect residents looking for information on anything from who to contact when wanting to start a business to a list of local public services and a regional listing of what festivals and activities are happening across the region with the web sites across the region that provide that information.

"When we started our task force meetings, one of the first topics in each subject area had to do with how residents often struggle to locate local information, especially through the internet," said TATT Executive Director Dean Hybl. "While there is an abundance of local information to be found on the internet regarding just about anything people within the region are looking for, the difficulty is in finding and easily accessing that information.

"Creating a regional information hub will provide residents within the 10-county Upstate region with what we believe can be a valuable tool whether looking for general or specific information on a wide range of topics. Now, instead of spending significant time on Google and other national sites trying to find Upstate information, residents will be able to access that information directly from a regional information hub."

The "Regional Information Hub", which will be known as www.OurUpstateSC.Info, will include a regional calendar of events, feature stories on individuals, communities, organizations and businesses that are doing special things within the Upstate, and easily searchable links to many web sites across the region. The links will be categorized around the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision (Human Potential, Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality, Sustainable Growth, Natural Beauty & Resources and Community Vibrancy.)

Click here to read a list of some of the categories of links that will be included in the Hub.

The projected first-year cost for the site, including development, maintenance and marketing is $70,000. The initial grant from the Graham Foundation provides for the initial development of the site, which is currently being built by Mediasation, a web development company located in Greenville. Additional funding support is currently being sought to cover the remaining costs. The site will include advertising, but there will be no charge for posting calendar events or information links.

Organizations, communities and businesses will be able to upload calendar events and provide site links in December 2011 and the site is expected to launch in early January 2012.

Anyone interested in more information about the www.OurUpstateSC.Info site can contact Dean Hybl, TATT Executive Director, at 864.283.2315 or dhybl@tenatthetop.org.   





International Center Program

Join the International Center of the Upstate's business group, Upstate Global Professionals, for their next event, spotlighting Furman's Asian Studies Program, at Furman University on Tuesday, October 18th. The night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a tour of the Place of Peace, a former Buddhist temple that was taken apart in Japan and reconstructed on the Furman Univeristy campus. The program will continue with a presentation by Furman University's Dr. David Shaner at 7 p.m. at the Younts Conference Center.

This event is free to Upstate Global Professionals members and $15 for non-members, and includes food and beverages. Due to limited seating, please RSVP no later than Friday, October 14 to reserve your seat. To sign up, visit the International Center's website. For more information contact their offices by phone at 864-467-4579 or by email at info@internationalupstate.org



GSA Power Breakfast

Get your business ready for expansion. Between the three of them, these business leaders have successfully grown a new business during the height of the recession, invested in new technology and manufacturing, and obtained the inside track on who could expand in South Carolina next. Sign up to hear their stories and learn from their experiences at GSA Business next event: Power Breakfast: Defying the Recession.


Panelists: Scio Diamond Technology Corp. CEO Joseph Lancia is scouting the Upstate for sites to locate a manufacturing facility for cultured diamonds. Global Location Strategies Principal Didi Caldwell has been in the consulting business for more than a decade, helping businesses select sites for expansion, negotiate incentives and secure financing. REMA USA Managing Director Tim Rose launched REMA USA three years ago in Greenville and the recession did not deter its growth. 


The Power Breakfast is Oct. 27, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. Doors open for networking at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8 a.m. Individual tickets are $30 and corporate tables of 10 are $225. Click here for more information. Get your tickets here.

Greenwood Shredding Event Residents of Greenwood County will have an opportunity to help prevent identity theft by ensuring that personal documents are disposed of properly during a free shredding event on October 29th from 9 am-noon in the Lowe's Parking Lot at 513 Bypass 72 NW in Greenwood.

There is no limit on how much old personal information, bills and other papers individuals can bring to have shredded. Local businesses are limited to five boxes.

In addition, to help residents comply with the recent law that bans disposing of computers and other electronic devices in local landfills, organizers will also be collecting unwanted electronic items including personal computers, televisions, cell phones and printers (everything with a cord except major appliances).




Upstate Alliance Forum

Sponsored by the Upstate Alliance Foundation, the reimagined issues series, now known as the Upstate Forum, is taking aim at the emerging mega-region between Charlotte and Atlanta - championing discussions and networking opportunities that unite regions through education and ideas.


Scheduled for November 1, 2011 from 3-6 p.m. at the BMW Zentrum, the event will feature a presentation by Ted Abernathy of the Southern Growth Policies Board and a panel discussion with regional economic development executives. It also will feature a networking reception.    


The Upstate Forum will provide key insights and identify opportunities to grow business within the emerging Southern I-85 mega-region. Uniting individuals and organizations, the event is designed to expose and connect - building the regional network to excel in a globally competitive environment.


Cost to attend the forum is $25. Click Here for more information and to register.  



SCHCC GalaThe 3rd Annual South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 6 pm at the Embassy Suites off Verdae Road in Greenville.

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.




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.



Liberty Fellowship-2011

Join Liberty Fellowship for the 2011 Summit and meet with other South Carolinians committed to real, transformative change in South Carolina!  


November 30, 2011, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia SC

 Registration Cost: $75


Keynote speaker Walter Isaacson will speak on Transcending Tribalism - moving past barriers that have been holding back South Carolina for too long. A writer and biographer, Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and former Chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine.


During the afternoon, participants will focus on solutions through Forum break-out sessions where national experts will speak on Transcending Tribalism as it relates to the Forum topics: Health, Environment, Economic Development, Education and Public Policy.


Click Here for more information and to register.




 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 Regional Patron level:   


Regional Patron: USC-Upstate, 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 Financial Network, Tri-County Technical College, Welling Strategic, General Wholesale Distributors, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, McMillan Pazdan Smith, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Development Associates, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Nate Lipscomb, Union County Chamber of Commerce 


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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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.

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

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