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May 7, 2012 - Vol 3, Issue 5
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

May 10 - Upstate Professional Planners Meeting - Village Hospital, Greer - 3:00-5:00 p.m.

May 24 - TATT Board of Directors
University Center - Greenville - 12:00-2:00 p.m.

June 7 - Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee - TATT/Upstate Alliance Offices - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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REGIONAL FORUM HIGHLIGHTS THE UPSTATE AS A GREAT PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY

 

Mark WarnerResidents from across the Upstate gathered in Greenwood on April 26th to discuss areas of emphasis as the Upstate looks to continue to be known as a great place to raise a family.

The Our Upstate Vision Forum, the second of four forums being held in 2012 that focus on components of the Our Upstate Vision, included presentations and conversations centered around a number of elements associated with quality of life and economic success in the Upstate.

Dr. Barry Nocks, from Clemson University, presented an overview of the current status of the region in areas such as number of schools, developed land, parks, water supply and other components of the built environment.

Charlie Barrineau, Greenwood City Manager, and Mark Warner, Greenwood County Economic Development Director, shared the "Greenwood Story" illustrating the areas in which Greenwood has targeted for helping ensure it remains a great place to live and raise a family.

The Forum also included a discussion with Ed McCallum, principal of McCallum Sweeney Consulting, who said that when companies look at where to place their business they typically are not analyzing only the specific community in which they will be moving, but judge whether the entire region has the resources, community diversity, workforce and other qualities needed to ensure success for the business and its workers.

A panel of business and education leaders discussed the role of education in business and community development. It was clearly identified that education is a key long-term component of ensuring the Upstate remains a great place to live, learn, do business and raise a family.

The next Our Upstate Vision Forum will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012, from 3-5 pm at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton. The theme for that forum will be the "Future Needs of Our Growing Senior Population."

SECRETARY ST. ONGE SPEAKS TO UPSTATE ELECTED OFFICIALS

Robert St. OngeSouth Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Robert St. Onge was the featured speaker as the regular meeting of Upstate Elected Officials focused on transportation issues.

 

Secretary St. Onge provided an overview of the current status for the South Carolina Department of Transportation titled "Getting to Good."

 

City, county and state elected officials from across the ten counties of the Upstate have been meeting on a regular basis since 2010 to discuss key issues of regional significance. This was the second meeting of the group in 2012 with one more meeting schedule for later this year with a focus on regional water needs.  

 

UPSTATE INFORMATION HUB CONTINUES TO ADD EVENTS AND RESOURCES
Upstate SC Information Hub

 

Be sure and check out the Upstate Information Hub for a listing of hundreds of local calendar events and more than a thousand local community resources from across the 10 counties of South Carolina's Upstate.

In addition to the events and resources available on the web site, you can also sign up for the weekly "Uniquely Upstate" e-newsletter, which highlights the "hot events" happening across the region that weekend and also includes a feature story that showcases something unique about the Upstate.

Recent feature stories have included  Hagood Mill, Musgrove Mill, BMW's sustainability program, the Carnegie Library in Union County, Furman's BEST Program and the Greenville Drive.

  

INTERNATIONAL CENTER HOSTING "PASSPORT TO DECADENCE" ON MAY 23RD

International Center of the UpstateThe International Center of the Upstate is providing an opportunity to enjoy great desserts from around the world during their annual Passport to Decadence event from 6:30-9:30 pm on May 23rd at Augusta Manor (1004 Augusta Street, Greenville)

You won't want to miss this foodie's dream as International Center members create desserts from their home countries, paired with delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine provided by Augusta Manor. Tickets are $30 for International Center members and $35 for non-members and include all food, drink and entertainment for the evening. You can also purchase a table for 10 people for $275.

Be sure and get your tickets now for this fun and delicious evening.


 

BMW CHARITY PRO-AM SET FOR MAY 17-20

The 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be played May 17-20 at Thornblade Club, The Carolina Country Club and Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer course. The 2011 BMW Charity Pro-Am generated $652,070. In eleven years, the tournament has generated and distributed over $8.6 million to more than 150 charities in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. 

South Carolina Charities Inc. has selected 27 charities to benefit from the 2012 golf tournament. Each charity will have the opportunity to raise funds for their organization by participating in tournament-sponsored programs including ticket sales, pro-am foursome sales and by having individuals volunteer on behalf of their charity.

Tournament Details:

  • Dates:
    May 17-19 at all courses
  • May 20 at Thornblade Club only

 

Courses:
  • The Carolina Country Club
  • The Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer course
  • Thornblade Club

 

Celebrities:

For a list of celebrities scheduled to participate in the 2012 tournament, visit this page. 

 

Tickets: 

  • To purchase tickets visit  buybmwtickets.com.
  • Ticket prices start at $10 for a one-day ticket.

 

For general tournament information please call 864.297.1660.

 

CITY OF GREER TO HOST TRANSPORTATION WORKSHOP 

Greer Transportation Workshop
Thanks to a grant from Smart Growth America, the City of Greer will be hosting a transportation workshop on May 15-16 to discuss the Future of Highway 29. Included in the two-day program will be a public meeting from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, May 15th at Greer City Hall to discuss future transportation needs and opportunities within the city.

For more information call 864-848-5387 or e-mail information@cityofgreer.org.

 

 

CLEMSON'S RUTLAND INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS CELEBRATES 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY   

Rutland Institute Gala
The Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a gala dinner held at Clemson.

The event included a panel discussion on intercollegiate athletics under the title of "Integrity, Ethics, Athletics: In It To Win It". Panelists included Chancellor Harvey Perlman from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chancellor Charles Nelms from North Carolina Central University and President James Barker from Clemson University.

During the event, the Rutland Institute also presented the first-ever "Bringing Ethics into Focus" Award to Ida Spruill, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina.  
 

 

TRAVELERS REST NAMED TREE CITY USA COMMUNITY BY THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION     

Travelers Rest-Trees
For the second time, Travelers Rest has been selected by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA Community for its commitment to urban forestry.

To earn Tree City USA recognition, a community must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

"We all benefit when communities like Travelers Rest place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation's most beautiful resources," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud Travelers Rest's elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest."

More information about Tree City USA can be found on the Arbor Day Foundation web site

 

SOUTH CAROLINA WELCOME CENTERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK      

SC Welcome Centers
Each year, the South Carolina Welcome Centers designate the second week of May as National Travel and Tourism Week.  This year, May 6th - 13th has been designated for this special celebration.

Each South Carolina Welcome Center sets their own dates and schedules.  The Blacksburg Welcome Center, on I-85 @ the SC/NC border, will celebrate with special events on Thursday, May 10th. The Fair Play Welcome Center, on I-85 @ the SC/GA border, will have special activities on May 11th & 12th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

What a surprise for the unsuspecting Interstate travelers who pull into the Welcome Center parking area as they suddenly discover there's a party going on, and they're the guests of honor!  The SC Welcome Centers invite any organization that deals directly with the South Carolina visitor: hotels, B&Bs, attractions, restaurants, industry, CVBs, Chambers of Commerce, etc. to join them and take advantage of this free opportunity to express to our state's millions of visitors just how much we appreciate their visits to our beautiful state-and personally invite them back!

In the past, this event has had great participation from the tourism industry. Many have provided the visitors with treats such as product samples, iced tea or lemonade, baked goodies, fresh fruits, popcorn, pens, magnets and other trinkets. There also have been educational demonstrations and exhibits, individual and group performances, animal visits, games and cultural displays. Participants may also distribute their brochures, coupons and business cards.

Each Welcome Center (across the state) sets their own itinerary for the National Tourism Week celebration.  So if tourism partners want to participate, they need to contact the manager of each of the Welcome Centers they wish to participate with for information on the specific dates and to get on their respective participant list. 

For partners within the Upstate that wish to participate at the Fair Play Welcome Center during National Tourism Week (May 11-12, 2012), please call Amos Harper at 864-972-3731 or email at aharper@scprt.com.

You may also contact Sanjay Patel, manager of the Blacksburg Welcome Center, 864-839-6742 (spatel@scprt.com) or Lisa Davis, manager of the Landrum Welcome Center (I-26 @ the SC/NC border), 864-457-2228 (ldavis@scprt.com) to participate in their Welcome Center celebrations.

 

TEN AT THE TOP THANKS FUNDING PARTNERS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT         

 

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 Over the last 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 three-year continuing partners at the highest funding partner levels:

 

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

Regional Benefactor: Greenville Hospital System 

Regional Partner: Pacolet Milliken, ScanSource, AnMed Health 

Regional Sponsors: Elliott Davis, Erwin Maddrey, Sealevel Systems, Bon Secours St. Francis, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Charter Business, Greenville Water, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA), Hughes Investments

   

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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