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December 5, 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 15

Dec. 13 - TATT 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. 12 - TATT Executive Committee Meeting - Trehel Corp. Office - 408 East North Street, Greenville - 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Jan. 31 - Our Upstate Vision Forum - 
BMW Zentrum - 3:00-5:00 p.m.  

February 23 - TATT Board of Directors Meeting - University Center - 12:00-2:00 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

Neal Workman
Neal Workman


Ten at the Top is pleased to announce the new Officers and Executive Committee for 2012-2013 to lead its current 60-member board comprised of business, non-profit and civic leaders from the ten different counties in the Upstate.  The officers and executive committee members include:



Chairman: Neal Workman - Chairman - Trehel Corporation
Immediate Past Chairman: Irv Welling - Owner - Welling Strategic
Vice Chair: Phil Hughes - President - Hughes Investments, Inc.
Secretary: Carol Burdette - President & Chief Professional Officer - United Way of Anderson
Treasurer: Erwin Maddrey - CEO - Maddrey and Associates
Development Chair: Nate Lipscomb - Senior Vice President - Greenville Drive

Executive Committee:

Charles Dalton - President & CEO - Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc.             
Rick Danner - Mayor - City of Greer
Chandra Dillard - State Representative  -  SC House of Representatives
Thornwell Dunlap III - President & CEO - Countybank
Mike Forrester - State Representative - SC House of Representatives
Lee Garrett - Mayor - Town of Calhoun Falls
Hank McCullough - Community Relations Manager - Piedmont Natural Gas
Andrena Powell-Baker - Director - Union Economic Development Board
Terence Roberts - Mayor - City of Anderson

TATT officers and executive committee members are charged with representing the region and their community in fostering trust and collaboration within the region, serving as an advocate for regional thinking within their specific city or county, assisting TATT in engaging elected officials, business and community leaders within their community, and supporting general organizational functions.  They must also be willing to attend executive committee meetings, board meetings and other events or committee meetings as directed by the regional initiatives.  

"We have one of the strongest and most engaged boards in the Upstate that is working together and within their communities on Our Upstate Vision which calls for the 10-county Upstate region to be universally recognized as one of the leading places in the United States to live, learn, do business and raise a family," said Neal Workman, incoming TATT Chairman.

Regional Vision Cover


The first Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2012 will be held on Tuesday, January 31st, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (reception to follow) at the BMW Zentrum. This is the first of four free forums that will be held during 2012 focusing on components of the Our Upstate Vision and how the Upstate can continue to be a great place to live, learn, do business and raise a family as we continue to grow.

The topic for the first forum is "Communicating Information Across the Upstate" and will include the official unveiling of the Upstate's new Information Hub, which is currently being developed through an initial grant from the Graham Foundation. The Upstate Information Hub will serve as a regional portal for existing web sites and information that residents are looking for across the Upstate.

In addition, the forum will include a discussion on Social Networks and how the increase use of the internet and Social Networks has changed how we access news and information.

Click here for more information or to register for the forum.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the January 31st event or for the entire forum series. 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.


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.


With the South Carolina Legislative Session set to start on January 10th and 2012 expected to be a very interesting year for local, state and national politics, the first Upstate Elected Officials Meeting of 2012 will focus on the key topics for city, county and state leaders and how we might be able to work together across the Upstate to ensure that our concerns are heard and addressed. The meeting will include brief previews of the legislative agendas for the S.C. Municipal Association and S.C. Association of Counties as well as previews from the S.C. House and S.C. Senate. There will also be a group discussion on how to utilize the strengths of cities and counties across the Upstate to promote opportunities that enhance the region.


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.  





SterlingCommunity leaders within the Sterling neighborhood in the City of Greenville recently unveiled a community master plan as well as a number of initiatives that have been started over the last three years to restore the Sterling area as a vibrant part of Greenville and the Upstate. 

Facilitated by the Bon Secours St. Francis Healthy Communities Initiative, residents of Sterling and other interested individuals and organizations within the local area have worked on co-creating a healthy community through the development of a number of projects.

The work of the last three years has yielded the following:
  • City of Greenville, GreenvilleCounty Redevelopment Authority, Bon Secours St. Francis, and the Sterling Neighborhood Association created a Master Plan for the area from Pendleton Street to Anderson Road making Sterling an Overlay Districts in both the City and County!
  • A Master Plan that finds creative ways to address economic development, housing, recreation, and infrastructure!
  • The creation of the Sterling Land Trust, which is the first community land trust in South Carolina!
  • The construction of an urban biking/walking trail system between St. Francis health system and the historic Sterling Community Center!
  • A reorganized and reanimated Senior program called Seniors on the Go quickly becoming one of the most vibrant 5 day/week, all year long programs in Greenville County!
  • A reorganized and reanimated Afterschool, Teen, and Recreation Program that is on track to be among the most enriching, holistic, and creative collaborative local programs!
  • A newly renovated Fitness Center in the community that will be accessible to residents and visitors!
  • One of the first organic community gardens in the West Greenville area, with plans to incorporate sustainable landscaping and architecture!  
  • Plans to combine Urban Farming with Job Creation and Entrepreneurship building activity!
If you are interested in learning more about the efforts in Sterling, please contact Maxim Williams, Bon Secours St. Francis, Director of Community Relationship Building at maxim.williams@bshsi.org.




Liberty Fellowship-2011

More than 900 leaders and interested residents from across South Carolina gathered on November 30th for the second annual Liberty Fellowship Summit.


The afternoon-long event was designed to focus on identifying actions in the areas of Education, Environment, Public Policy, Health and Economic Development.


Included in the program was an address by Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of several biographies, including the recently published book on Apple Founder Steve Jobs.

During his remarks, Isaacson challenged the audience to think outside the general silos (he referred to them as tribes) that often inhibit the ability to foster true change and innovation.

As part of the afternoon work sessions, participants brainstormed potential actions that could move forward some component of the primary topics. The goal is to form work groups that move forward some of the ideas into tangible actions.

More information about the Liberty Fellowship Program is available on their web site at www.libertyfellowship.org.

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.



Pleasant RidgeDP3 Architects, Ltd. has been presented an Honor Award from the South Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the design of Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center.  

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award is the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.

This project was also awarded a Wood Design Award earlier in 2011 by the Wood Products Council.  The Wood Design Awards recognize and celebrate buildings that display innovative applications of wood design highlighting its strength, beauty, versatility, and cost effectiveness while displaying a commitment to reducing environmental impact.

Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center is a year round facility developed by the Greenville County Recreation District for a wide range of groups and uses and is most notable for its annual hosting of Camp Spearhead and Camp Courage. Camp Spearhead offers weekend and week-long camp events for youth and adults with special needs and disabilities.  Camp Courage is a summer camp program that creates an unforgettable recreational experience for children and teens with cancer or blood disorders from the Upstate of South Carolina, western North Carolina, and Northeast Georgia.

DP3 Architects, established in 1984 and headquartered in the historic Greenville Gas and Electric Light Company building in Greenville, South Carolina, is an architectural firm specializing in higher education, historic adaptive reuse, local government, restaurant, and recreation projects.





 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 current Continuing Funding Partners:   


Regional Steward: Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina 

Regional Partner: Pacolet Milliken, ScanSource, AnMed Health 

Regional Sponsors: Elliott Davis, Erwin Maddrey, Hughes Investments,Sealevel Systems, Minor Shaw, Bon Secours St. Francis

Regional AdvocateBlue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Barnet Development Corporation, BMW Manufacturing Co., Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, The Furman Company, Craig Brown, World Acceptance Corporation 

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, MGFA/Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., Laurens 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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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 (except for when there is a holiday) 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 of the New Year Holiday, the next January e-newsletter will be distributed on January 9th with the deadline for submissions being January 5th.

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

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