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March 5, 2012 - Vol 3, Issue 3
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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

March 28 - Entrepreneurial Friendly Sub-Committee Meeting Nexsen Pruet, 55 E. Camperdown Way, Suite 400, Greenville -  3:00-5:00 p.m.

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

April 26 - Our Upstate Vision Forum -  Community Theatre of Greenwood - 3:00-5:00 p.m.    


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

May 10 - Upstate Professional Planners Meeting - Village Hospital, Greer - 3:00-5:00 p.m. 
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HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE NEW UPSTATE INFORMATION HUB? WWW.OURUPSTATESC.INFO

 

If you haven't yet had a chance, be sure and check out the Upstate Information Hub, which was unveiled in late January and already is developing into a leading source for Upstate events and resources.

With hundreds of event listings and links to more than a thousand local web sites and information resources, the Upstate Information Hub can connect you to what you are trying to find whether you are looking for resources to help with Starting or Growing a Business, searching for a specific community organization or looking for fun things to do on the weekend, the Upstate Information Hub should help get you to the source that has the information you need.

Beginning in March, the Information Hub will send out a weekly electronic newsletter that includes a feature story on an organization, business or individual in the Upstate who is helping ensure that the Upstate remains a great place to live, learn, do business and raise a family. The weekly e-news will also include a look at some of the "hot events" happening in the region during the upcoming week.

Info Hub Button You can also help spread the word about the Information Hub by including the web button on your web site.

NEXT UPSTATE ELECTED OFFICIALS MEETING SET FOR MAY 3RD
Upstate Elected Officials

South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Robert St. Onge will be the featured speaker at the next Upstate Elected Officials Meeting, which will be held on May 3rd from 3:30-5 pm at the BMW Zentrum. 


Since 2010, Upstate city, county and state elected leaders have gathered on a regular basis to discuss key issues that impact the entire Upstate region. The May 3rd meeting will feature a discussion on regional transportation.

For more information, please contact Jacquelyn Fehler at 864.283.2315 or jfehler@tenatthetop.org.


NEW PROGRAM HELPS BUSINESSES INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY WHILE SAVING COSTS    

Furman Best ProgramFurman University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development is introducing a new corporate sustainability program that can help businesses lower operational costs in the areas of energy, water and waste management while also positively impacting the community.  BESTsm, which stands for Businesses Engaged in Sustainability for Tomorrow, uses an online process to allow organizations to easily identify, benchmark and reduce their operating costs through a simple, intuitive process that collects data and provides specific recommendations tied to business types and associated activities.  

BEST also provides a custom dashboard specific to each organization with detailed reports, snapshots and access to additional information on an on-going basis. Many of the recommendations generated through BEST have no cost associated with them, while other recommendations are tied to low-cost or capital investment solutions.  The program will also provide calculations that allow businesses to estimate savings upfront, as well as monthly customized reports for each organization. Cost for the program is $99 annually, which covers the seminar or webinar, BEST assessment tool and plan creation, ongoing monthly reports, and a detailed company BEST webpage. For more information about BEST, please contact Dr. Brad Bechtold at (864) 294-3136 or by email at brad.bechtold@furman.edu or visit our website at www.furmanbest.biz.

 

CAROLINA THREAD TRAIL HOSTING OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS IN CHEROKEE COUNTY    

 

Carolina Thread Trail The Carolina Thread Trail is a 15-county, two-state initiative designed to inspire and facilitate the creation of a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors that is growing together to link more than 2..3 million citizens across the Southeast.

 

Cherokee County is the latest county to join the trail system, but as part of the development of the trail network in Cherokee County, the Carolina Threat Trail is looking for input from local residents.

 

Residents of Cherokee County and others who utilize the local trails in the county are asked to take the survey linked below to provide input and insight for the Cherokee County network.

Please click here to take the survey.


 

 

"LIKING" THE INFORMATION HUB COULD PUT GAS IN YOUR CAR    
 

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Anyone who "likes" the Upstate Information Hub Facebook page during the month of March will be eligible to win a $100 gasoline card, which will be given away during a drawing at the end of the month.

 

The Upstate Information Hub Facebook page is updated regularly with information about things happening across the Upstate and has links to the events and resources located on the Information Hub.

To be eligible for the drawing, be sure to "like" the Upstate Information Hub Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OurUpstateSCInfo) today.

 

HELP CLEAN LAKE GREENWOOD ON MARCH 10TH
Lake Greenwood Cleanup-2012

The fourth annual Lake Greenwood Cleanup Blitz will be held this Saturday, March 10th, from 8 am until noon at the lake Greenwood Recreation area.   

 

During the past 3 events, volunteers have removed 10,356 pounds trash, litter and debris from the lake. Interesting items removed from Lake Greenwood include a trampoline, toilet, propane tanks, dock debris, personal hygiene items and a plastic grenade...just to name a few.     

 

You can register to participate at http://web.greenwoodsc.gov/lakecleanup/ 

 


2012 LONG MOWER EXCHANGE
Lawn Mower Exchange

Each year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) hosts lawn mower exchanges in communities all across South Carolina.

 

Here in the Upstate, exchanges are being held in Clemson, Greenville, Greenwood, Spartanburg and Union. Click here for the dates and locations for each exchange

 

Each exchange is unique to the needs, demographics, and economics of the local area. Often, more than one vendor will offer products at the same event.  

 

This year, local events featured lawn mowers and accessories from the following vendors: Black and Decker, C Enterprise/The Greenstation and Preferred Power.

 For information concerning subsidized prices, please contact the local coordinator.

 

2012 EMPOWERMENT SERIES CLASSES UNDERWAY
Hispanic Chamber Empowerment Series The South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce is now offering the first session of its 2012 Entrepreneur Empowerment Series. The first course is the comprehensive Business Development. This series started on March 1st and will meet every Thursday through April 5th .

Dates and registration information:
Dates: March 1,8,15,22,29 & April 5
Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: University Center of Greenville
Registration Link: http://eesmarch2012.eventbrite.com/
Registration Phone Number: (864) 569-7068

*This class will be held in English. A Spanish version of the class will be held
later in the year.*

Small business owners face many challenges when starting a business. Among
many useful topics, the Entrepreneur Empowerment Series will focus on educating
small business owners about planning, organizing, financing, marketing, and
managing their small businesses in South Carolina. The goal of these workshops is
to instill confidence in Hispanic business owners throughout the Palmetto State
about the essentials of starting and managing a small business.

To sign up or for more information, please visit www.schcc.org or contact
Gustavo Nieves at gnieves@schcc.org.

 

SCDOT REQUESTS PUBLIC COMMENT
SCDOT

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public for a proposed amendment to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that involves revising plans for replacing the I-85 southbound lane bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway in Cherokee County to include replacement of the I-85 northbound lane bridge at the same location.

 

A copy of the press release  seeking public comment and a project location map are available for review and comment on the world web until March 14, 2012  at:

  

http://www.scdot..org/inside/public_comment.shtml


 

 

TEN AT THE TOP THANKS FUNDING PARTNERS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT         

 

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 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 our continuing funding partners at the three highest levels: Regional Steward, Regional Partner and Regional Sponsor.

 

Regional Steward: Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina, GSA Business, Greenville News 

Regional Partner: Pacolet Milliken, ScanSource, AnMed Health 

Regional Sponsors: Elliott Davis, Erwin Maddrey, Sealevel Systems, Bon Secours St. Francis,

   

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.

 

SHARE YOUR UPSTATE NEWS  
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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.

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


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