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November 7, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 14

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

Nov. 16 - Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Sub-Committee Meeting
Upstate Alliance Office - 124 Verdae Blv., Suite 202, Greenville - 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Dec. 13 - Executive Committee Meeting - Upstate Alliance Office -
12:00-2:00 p.m.

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

Jan. 31 - Our Upstate Vision Forum -  BMW Zentrum - 3:00-5:00 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
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To continue conversations about the Our Upstate Vision and the importance of collaboration, partnerships and planning as we look toward the future of the Upstate, in 2012 Ten at the Top and Our Upstate SC will host the Our Upstate Vision Forum Series. 

This series of four free regional forums will be held at different locations across the Upstate, each one featuring a specific issue or stakeholder group and their specific needs in the five vision driver areas (Human Potential, Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality, Sustainable Growth, Natural Beauty & Resources and Community Vibrancy) as we look toward the future and growth across the Upstate.

Below are the topics and location areas for each forum. Only the first forum on January 31, 2012 has been finalized. Dates and locations for the remaining three forums will be finalized in the upcoming weeks. 

Forum 1: Communicating Information Across the Upstate
January 31, 2012 - Location: BMW Zentrum - 3-5 p.m. 

Forum 2: Keeping the Upstate a Great Place to Raise a Family
Second Quarter - Location: Greenwood, Laurens or Abbeville

Forum 3: Future Needs of Our Growing Senior Population
Third Quarter - Location: Oconee, Pickens or Anderson

Forum 4: Celebrating Successes: Great Things Happening Across the Upstate
Fourth Quarter - Location: Greenville

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the entire forum series or on an individual basis. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorships please click here for a sponsorship packet or contact Brandy Humphries from the Hughes Agency at 864-271-0718 or brandyh@hughesagency.org.



Pendleton Program

More than 40 residents from the town of Pendleton spent three days (November 3-5) discussing their vision for the future of the Anderson county community of 3,000 residents by participating in the Your Town Pendleton program.


Coordinated by Professor Mary Beth McCubbin from the School of Planning, Development and Landscape Architecture at Clemson University, the Your Town Pendleton program was one of four similar programs that the National Endowment for the Arts is coordinating across the United States in 2011. They have been hosting similar programs in rural communities across the country since 1990 to help towns across the country create a sense of identity and vitality.


The Pendleton program focused on three primary tasks: Creating a vision for Pendleton, Discussing possibilities for a gateway along the Route 76 Corridor and Identifying opportunities within the historic town square district.


In addition to significant group planning time, the program included a number of feature presentations by local, regional and national speakers. Speakers included Ed McMahon, a Senior Resident Fellow for the Urban Land Institute; Pratt Cassity, Director of The Center for Community Design and Preservation at the University of Georgia; Dr. Ronnie Booth, President of Tri-County Tech and Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top.


The results from the Your Town Pendleton program will be shared with the local community during a special community program later this year.



SCHCC Gala The 3rd Annual South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala will be held this 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."

The event will include entertainment from the musical group Bio Ritmo. Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top, is the featured speaker and will discuss the opportunities available across the Upstate and South Carolina thanks to the growing international community and the importance of creating partnerships and collaboration that incorporates this growing diversity.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will assist local students through the SCHCC Scholarship Fund.

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

This week is your final chance to register for the 2011 Heritage Development Summit, which will be hosted by the South Carolina Heritage Corridor November 14-16, 2011 at Clemson.


The agenda for the conference was developed with South Carolina communities in mind and places great focus on creating and sustaining community wealth (through our attractions, artists, farmers, small businesses, etc.), building quality of life as an economic development tool, seeking out creative ways to grow during hard economic times, and more.  


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


To review the conference agenda 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. 



Future of Food

The Anderson County Library System will host a discussion about "The Future of Food" with Dr. Walker Miller at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Main Library, 300 N. McDuffie St.


 Dr. Miller's upbeat presentation will cover the global demand for food and factors that will affect the food supply in the future. He will talk about what happiness is, and how it is linked to our situation now and in the future. He will end with a possible vision for the future, including how we can help ensure food security for our children and grandchildren. 


Dr. Miller is a full-time small fruit farmer in Six Mile, SC. He is a retired professor of plant pathology and physiology from Clemson University, and worked for Clemson Extension as a troubleshooter for growers and in research. He has worked in the fruit industry for over 55 years. He is also past president of the Friends of Lake Keowee, a watershed conservation group, and has served on the board of directors of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.


The program is free and open to all. For more information, contact Heather Bistyga at 260-4500, ext. 103.

Globalbike Six friends met at a Spartanburg coffee shop in 2006 to discuss changing the world with bicycles. That meeting led to 10 bikes being purchased for careworkers in Zambia, who could visit more patients by cycling instead of walking five to 10 miles.
Today, globalbike has almost 700 bikes on the ground in seven developing countries. The nonprofit's bikes have helped over 50,000 orphans receive critical medical care, worked to heal the  wounds of genocide in Rwanda, and provide sporting and education opportunity to thousands of youth living in extreme poverty.
This holiday season, you can make a difference by giving the life saving gift of globalbike .
* Make a donation or sponsor a globalbike ($150 donation).  You will receive custom cards to give to your gift recipients.  For every $25 donated you will receive one card.
* Purchase beautiful and inspirational photos (11x17) shot by Carroll Foster ($100 each), owner of Hot Eye Photography in Spartanburg. Foster's photos were taken this year in Africa.
* For $20, you can receive the signature T-shirt from globalbike's inaugural Ride. Climb. Transform. trek through Kenya and Tanzania. Shirts are available for men and women in sizes XS to XXL.
* You also can support globalbike's work by purchasing a pound of locally-roasted South American and African coffee beans. Globalbike Coffee is blended and roasted by Spartanburg's Little River Roasting Co., and it sells for $12 a pound.
Give the gift of two wheels this Holiday season, and change the lives of others around the world. Just three easy steps - 1. Go to globalbike.org, 2. Click DONATE NOW at the top right, and 3. Fill out the secure online form.



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. He has recently been in the news for his recent biography of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. 


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.




Join ULI South Carolina on Thursday, November 17th, from 3-5 pm at the Innovate Building in Greenville for a comprehensive outlook for the healthcare industry by defining trends, demands, and drivers contributing to the rising demands of healthcare facilities.


The rising demand for medical services combined with shifts in approaches to treatments to curb rising costs, will contribute to the demand for both a higher number of medical facilities and different types of products: baby boomers living longer and requiring a variety of services; technology changes necessitating retrofits or new development; an increase in the number of people insured under federal health care legislation enacted last year; an increase in health care-related jobs; a shift toward more outpatient centers; and an increase in doctors employed by hospitals. The increase in investment and development activity involved in filling that demand will amplify the health care industry's role as an economic development driver in many urban regions across the U.S.


At this program, attendees will hear from regional and national leaders who are involved in all aspects of healthcare development. The panels will provide insight and perspective on both large and small hospital systems, trends in urgent care facilities, and investment opportunities at both the regional and national level. We will also learn how the industry shifts are impacting physicians.


Cost for the program and networking reception that will follow is $50 for ULI members and $65 for non-members. For more information or to register, go to www.southcarolina.uli.org or call 800-321-5011.




Christmas ShoppeThe public is invited to start their Holiday shopping early with the Junior League of Spartanburg's 23rd Annual Santa's Shoppe, November 10-13 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Downtown Spartanburg.   

Santa's Shoppe 2011 will kick off with Santa's Soiree on Thursday, November 10, 2011.  Santa's Soiree is a cocktail event including local food, shopping, live and silent auctions & more!  In addition, a diamond valued at $1,000 will be given away during Diamonds and Champagne courtesy of Skatell's.  Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and the event will begin at 7pm.

Shopping begins with Shop 'til You Drop on Friday, November 11, and continues through Sunday, November 13th.  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in advance from the League Office, any JLS member or select retail locations in the area.  Doors will be open from 9am-5pm, Friday and Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday, featuring more than 50 specialty merchants and boutiques.   Proceeds from Santa's Shoppe benefit local JLS community projects.

The weekend's events will continue with Ladies' Night, Friday, November 11, 2011 from 6pm-8pm.  This event will include wine, cheese and peaceful shopping.  Tickets are $15 at the door which includes a Shop 'til You Drop ticket or $10 with previously purchased Shop 'til You Drop ticket.

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.





TreesGreenville is providing an opportunity to work up a Thanksgiving appetite by participating in the TreesGreenville Turkey Day 8K race on Thursday, November 24th, at 9 a.m. at the CU-ICAR campus in Greenville.  


In addition to the 8k run, there will also be a two-mile run and quarter-mile Tot Trot.  


For more information or to register, go to www.turkeyday8k.com.  





The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on  the following:   


(1)    Eight projects receiving Federal Highway Administration Discretionary Grants

(2)    Proposed replacement of US 78 Bridge over CSX Railroad, Norfolk Southern and Meeting Street in Charleston County

(3)    Three projects selected for the 2012 Federal Match Program

(4)    Federal Pavement and Reconstructions Funds being considered for drainage improvements along US 176 in Union County


You may review this information and provide comments until November 10, 2011 at: http://www.scdot.org/inside/public_comment.shtml





Upstate Elected Officials-September 1

The next Upstate Elected Officials Meeting, which includes city, county and state leaders from across the region, will be held on January 5, 2012 from 3:30-5 pm at the BMW Zentrum.


In preparation for the 2012 South Carolina Legislative Session, which will start the next week, the meeting will feature a preview of the key issues for local and state leaders in 2012. Local and state panelists are currently being secured and will be announced as soon as possible.


Formal invitations will be sent in early December, but any elected official or business leader interested in more information or wishing to RSVP may contact Jacquelyn Fehler at 864.283.2313 or jfehler@tenatthetop.org.  






 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 2011 Annual Funding Partners:   


Regional Steward: GSA Business 

Regional Partner: Greenville Business Magazine, Duke Energy, Business Black Box 

Regional Sponsors: Greenville News 

Regional Advocate: Hughes Agency, Synnex Corporation, City of Mauldin 

Regional Patron: Brad Wyche, Piedmont Natural Gas, Quinn & Satterfield Inc., Oconee Medical Center, Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS), Briar Patch Fund (Foothills Community Foundation), Laurens Electric Co-op 



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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