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February 6, 2012 - Vol 3, Issue 2

February 23 - TATT Board of Directors Meeting - Palmetto Bank, 306 East North St. Greenville - 12:00-2:00 p.m.

February 29 - Entrepreneurial Friendly Sub-Committee Meeting - Nexsen Pruet, 55 E. Camperdown Way, Suite 400, Greenville -  3:00-5:00 p.m.

Mar. 22 - TATT Executive Committee Meeting - Trehel Corp. Office - 408 East North Street, Greenville - 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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

Apr. 26 - Our Upstate Vision Forum -  Community Theatre of Greenwood - 3:00-5:00 p.m.    
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At the Our Upstate Forum on January 31st, Ten at the Top unveiled the new Upstate Information Hub, which was created to provide residents from across the Upstate with an on-line information source for resources, events and information.

The Information Hub (www.OurUpstatesc.info) was developed thanks to an initial funding grant from the Graham Foundation. The web portal currently includes links to more than 1,000 local web sites and information resources. In addition, the comprehensive regional calendar of events and activities has information about all the cool things happening across the Upstate.

Whether you are looking for information about starting or growing a business, interested in the beautiful natural places in the region or looking for something fun to do with the family on a Saturday, the Upstate Information Hub will have links to what you are looking for. It also includes links to local utility companies, DMVs, healthcare facilities, government agencies and other community resources.

There is no cost to use the Upstate Information Hub or to add a resource or event. For the site to continue to grow and become a great tool for all Upstate residents, you are asked and encouraged to help provide events and resources to ensure the Upstate Information Hub becomes a valuable resource for all Upstate residents.

You can read a blog entry from Sam Erwin (Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Co-Chair) and Dean Hybl (TATT Executive Director) for more details on the Information Hub. 
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Fairway Outdoors is helping TATT spread the word about the new Information Hub across the Upstate.


For the new Upstate Information Hub to reach its potential as an information tool for residents across the Upstate, it will take everyone across the region helping to spread the word.

TATT is asking anyone who has or coordinates a web site to please add the Information Hub web button and link to your site.

Sharing the site across the region will ultimately help everyone as an increased traffic on the Information Hub site should then help increase the reciprocal traffic flowing from the Hub back to information and resource sites across the Upstate. It will also help make more people aware of the events and programs happening across the Upstate.

Info Hub Button In addition, media companies like Fairway Outdoor, GSA Business, Greenville Business Magazine, The Greenville News and Business Black Box are helping to spread the word through traditional media outlets. Additional media support is appreciated and you can contact Dean Hybl at 864.283.2315 if you are interested in helping.

The Information Hub also is already prominently displayed on Facebook and you can help spread the word by "Liking" the OurUpstateSC Facebook page and sharing it with your friends.


Upstate Forever

During their Annual Awards Luncheon on February 2nd, Upstate Forever recognized six local champions for their great work in promoting the environment and encouraging sustainability across the Upstate.


Public Servant Award: John Frampton


Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion: Bettina George


Clean Water Champion: Partners for Trout


Clean Skies Champion: City of Greenville


Sustainable Communities Champion: City of Spartanburg


Volunteer of the Year: Jim Gossett


You can find more information about Upstate Forever and their Annual Awards Luncheon on their web site.  




Carolina Thread Trail The Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of greenways and trails in North and South Carolina, will be hosting a series of open house meetings in Cherokee County to receive additional public input on local trails.  


Tuesday, February 28th
6:00 - 7:30pm
Spartanburg Community College, Gaffney Campus - Community Room
523 Chesnee Hwy. (Hwy. 11)
Gaffney, South Carolina

Thursday, March 1st
6:00 - 7:30pm
Blacksburg Community House
103 S. Shelby Street
Blacksburg, South Carolina

Tuesday, March 6th
6:00 - 7:30pm
Corinth Baptist Church
190 Corinth Road
Gaffney, South Carolina

For more information, go to the Carolina Thread Trail web site or contact their offices at 704-376-2556.  



Diamond & Denim

The Foothills Gala will host their annual "Diamonds & Denim" event on Saturday, February 25th from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the T Ed Garrison Arena in Pendleton.


The Foothills Gala is not just an event, it's an organization dedicated to helping charities all over the upstate, charities from all walks of life.

Every year in February The Foothills Gala's signature event, "Diamonds & Denim," is held to benefit selected local charities in Anderson, Oconee  and Pickens counties.  Although the event itself is a fun-filled evening of music, food and entertainment, the underlying purpose is serious: to help those local grassroots charities that struggle because they are not aligned with a national organization; or,  because they receive very little or even  no funding outside their own communities.

The vision of the founders of The Foothills Gala was to bring the three Upstate counties of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens together in a new and unique partnership.  Since 2001 that partnership has raised over $430,000 for local charities

The event is an opportunity to "Slip on your Stetson, your bling & your boots!" and enjoy an energy-filled evening of dancing to the live sounds of The City Street Band, scrumptious dinner buffet, Wild West Entertainment Casino, Mechanical Bull Riding, a highly diverse Silent Auction, adult beverages, and a Gala Gallery of local artisans. All this fantastic entertainment for an individual ticket price of $100.  Group tables are available, and sponsorship opportunities are still available.   


For information or ticket purchase, visit foothillsgala.org or call 864-654-6582.  All to benefit worthwhile local charities.


GMC logoGoodwyn Mills and Cawood (GMC) is now providing professional services to South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center's (SCTAC) Donaldson Field airfield. GMC will provide master planning and planning feasibility; taxiway design, widening and extension; airfield lighting and navigation aids; entrance roads and parking area designs; and a range of other consulting services for SCTAC.

"SCTAC is excited by the opportunity to work with the architecture and engineering consulting experts at Goodwyn Mills and Cawood," says SCTAC President and CEO, Jody Bryson. "GMC's unique combination of airport engineering/planning capabilities, economic development expertise and entrepreneurial approach align perfectly with SCTAC's vision for the future development and growth of Donaldson Field."

GMC is one of the largest multi-disciplined architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast.  GMC provides all of the professional services associated with architecture; civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering; landscape architecture; airport planning and engineering; and master planning, surveying and construction management.  

"SCTAC is a model that fits well within the culture of our firm as GMC has a focus on economic development and the positive attributes that come along with this," says GMC's Vice President of Greenville Operations, Kevin Laird, PE. "SCTAC's mission aligns very closely with our strengths: airport consulting and engineering, and economic development. We are extremely proud to associate ourselves with an innovative and established partner such as SCTAC."

GMC's partner in the services provided for SCTAC will be the Dennis Corporation out of Columbia, S.C.

SCDOTThe South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking public comment on a proposed 2013 Federal Match Program that would include resurfacing and system upgrade (widening, new location) projects with a minimum 50-50 federal/local match ratio.

Under the proposal, candidate projects would include "Shovel-Ready" resurfacing projects (reconstruction, rehabilitation, or preventive maintenance) and system upgrade improvements. Projects must be federal-aid eligible. The source of matching funds may include, but is not limited to, city or county sources.

Projects will be selected by the SCDOT Commission through an application process. Priority will be given to resurfacing projects with remaining funds being made available for system upgrade projects. The 2013 Federal Match Program will be contingent on the availability of adequate federal funding.

In addition, SCDOT is seeking feedback from potential applicants regarding participation in the Federal Match Program. Counties and municipalities are encouraged to provide comments indicating their interest in applying for funding through the Federal Match Program and to indicate their desire to request resurfacing funds, system upgrade funds, or both.

Public comment can be made at http://www.scdot.org/inside/public_comment.shtml through February 10th. 






 Over the last year two years, 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.


This month we want to thank and welcome four organizations that have recently become new continuing or annual funding partners as well as those organizations that are serving as sponsors for the 2012 Our Upstate Vision Forum Series.


Continuing Funding Partners

Regional Sponsors: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Charter Business  

Regional Advocate: The Palmetto Bank 


Annual Funding Partner

Regional Patron: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 


2012 Our Upstate Vision Forum Series Sponsors 

Series Premier SponsorBlue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina 

Series Supporting Sponsor: Bradshaw Automotive, Charter Business, GSP Airport 


Forum One Premier Sponsor: TD Bank  

Forum One Visionary Sponsor: Broad River Electric  

Forum Three Premier Sponsor: Trehel Corporation 


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.

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