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June 4, 2012 - Vol 3, Issue 6

June 7 - Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee - TATT/Upstate Alliance Offices (124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202) -
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

June 12 - Entrepreneurial Friendly Community Sub-Committee - Nexsen Pruet Offices (55 E. Camperdown Way, Suite 400, Greenville) - 2:00-3:30 p.m.

June 28 - Human Potential Task Force - TATT/Upstate Alliance Offices - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

All meetings are free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending any of these upcoming meetings, please contact Dean Hybl
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Upstate Planners MeetingMore than 55 professional planners from across the Upstate gathered on May 10th to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration related to planning for growth across the 10-county region.

Bringing together planners from across the region on a regular basis was one of the action items identified by the Our Upstate Vision Sustainable Growth Task Force.

Judging from the interest and energy in the room during the first meeting of the group, there appears to be great interest among both public and private planners within the region to identify opportunities for collaboration.

In a feedback survey following the meeting, 100% of planners who attended the initial meeting saw the value in participating in future meetings. They also identified a number of potential areas for regional collaboration including addressing Upstate transportation issues, developing regional consistency for codes, definitions and standards as well as building regional relationships that might lead to joint grant applications and regularly sharing ideas and best practices.

The next Upstate Professional Planners Group meeting will likely occur in August or September. If you are interested in being involved, please contact TATT intern Kristen Wyche at kwyche@tenatthetop.org.    
Upstate 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 Grits & Groceries, Greenville Hospital System's 100th Anniversary, a Memorial Day Remembrance of Fallen Soldiers from the Upstate and a preview of the Greenville Chautauqua Festival.  

If you have calendar events, resources or feature stories that you would like to see added to the Information Hub, please contact Becky Pittman (bpittman@ourupstatesc.org).



Hub City Press

Hub City Press, a non-profit organization in Spartanburg dedicated to cultivating readers and nurture writers through diverse literary programming, was a big winner at the 2012 IPPY Awards, hosted annually by Independent Publisher magazine, with four of their books published in 2011 and 2012 taking home medals.


"The Patron Saint of Dreams" by Philip Gerard was named best essay collection by an independent publisher in North America. Ron Rash's "Waking" received a national silver medal for poetry. The novels "The Iguana Tree" by Michel Stone won a national bronze medal for literary fiction, and "Mercy Creek" by Matt Matthews, winner of the 2010 South Carolina First Novel Prize, won a bronze medal for best regional fiction of the Southeast.


All four winning authors live in the Carolinas. Gerard and Stone are currently on book tours across the South in support of their winning titles. Matthews recently completed his tour up the East Coast and is at work on his second book. Rash is on a national book tour for his latest novel "The Cove."


Over 2,000 independent authors and publishers entered titles in the 16th annual IPPY Awards, which are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent titles published each year.


"This is an unprecedented acknowledgement of Hub City's presence on the national literary scene," said executive director Betsy Teter. Hub City Press has won six previous IPPYs since 1998 in regional fiction, short story, GLBT nonfiction, and multi-cultural nonfiction.




Chautauqua Festival
The 2012 Chautauqua Festival of Interactive Theater will be coming to the Upstate from June 15-23 with free performances scheduled in both Greenville and Spartanburg.

The Festival offers History that just won't stay in a book with the opportunity to exchange wits with: Lafayette, Winston Churchill, Carl Jung, Golda Meir and Denmark Vesey through performances  by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. Experience first hand what they found when "They Came to America".   


The show is interactive and when they ask they questions the performer answers in character.  No holds barred!! It is a powerful way for generations to interact -- exploring their roots and what makes us who we are.  There is nothing more empowering than being the one to ask the questions.


Free Evening Shows in Greenville and Spartanburg

Fri, Jun 15  - Winston Churchill (Greenville Technical College - 7:30pm)

Sat, Jun 16 - Golda Meir (Greenville Technical College - 7:30pm)

Mon, Jun 18 - Winston Churchill (Spartanburg Headquarters Library - 7pm)

Tue, Jun 19 - Denmark Vesey (Spartanburg Headquarters Library - 7pm)

Wed, Jun 20 - Carl Jung (Spartanburg Headquarters Library - 7pm)

Thu, Jun 21 - Golda Meir (Spartanburg Headquarters Library - 7pm)

Thu, Jun 21 - Denmark Vesey (Greenville Technical College - 7:30pm)

Fri, Jun 22 - Lafayette (Falls Park Downtown Greenville - 7:30pm)

Sat, Jun 23 - Carl Jung (Greenville Technical College - 7:30pm)


Free Daytime Shows in Greater Greenville

Sat, Jun 16 - Carl Jung (Handlebar - 2pm)

Mon, Jun 18 - Golda Meir (Center Stage - 11:30am)

Tue, Jun 19 - Denmark Vesey (Kroc Center - 11:30am)

Wed, Jun 20 - Winston Churchill (Fountain Inn Civic Ctr - 11:30am)

Thu, Jun 21 - Carl Jung (J Harley Bond Ctr, Greer - 11:30am)

Sat, Jun 23 - Winston Churchill (Handlebar - 2pm)


For more Free events: www.greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org  (864) 244-1499 





Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2012 Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability which is being offered through Furman University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development and in cooperation with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. The program is an intensive executive education that addresses the applicability of sustainability principles and practices to business and is ideal for senior administration and sustainability practitioners. Participants will undertake a 'capstone' organizational project as they incorporate methods to ensure sustainability becomes an ongoing strategic business process.


Corporate sustainability is being readily embraced because it makes business sense. The 'triple bottom line' impact of decreasing costs, increasing revenues, and enhancing corporate social responsibility are attractive to the corporate board of directors and shareholders.


'Going green' cuts costs, innovates products and business process, grows market shares and strengthens brands. Many companies are clearly illustrating that going green is no longer a 'nice to do' program in good times, but a key ingredient to succeeding in the new, reset economy. Every aspect of an organization can identify a business reason for becoming more sustainable. Green marketing, green accounting, reducing energy and water consumption, carbon foot-printing, and life-cycle analysis, are fast becoming the language of those who are responsible for implementing sustainable business practices.


Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability: Fall 2012 Class Schedule

Module 1: September 6th & 7th

Module 2: September 27th & 28th

Module 3: October 18th & 19th

Module 4: November 15th & 16th

Module 5: December 6th & 7th

Graduation: December 7th


*Tuition: $3995 (a limited amount of partial scholarships are available)


For more information go to www.fusbp.com or contact brad.bechtold@furman.edu or 294.3136.

To register: http://www2.furman.edu/Sites/CPD/ApplyOnline/Pages/ApplicationForm.aspx





The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold a community-wide blood drive on Wednesday, June 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to benefit Aimee Copeland, a Georgia graduate student fighting a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection. Andy Copeland, Aimee's father, graduated from USC Upstate in 1983. The Blood Connection will be at the Main Entrance to the Health Education Complex (HEC) on North Campus Blvd.

The blood donated at this drive will go to local patients so all blood types are needed. Aimee will receive credit for each pint donated. She has used over 177 pints.


Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. For more information, please e-mail scholcombe@mail.com or call the Blood Connection in North Spartanburg, 864-641-6013.

To learn more about Aimee, please visit her website.





 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 Regional Advocate and Regional Patron levels:


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


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, General Wholesale Distributors, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, McMillan Pazdan Smith, Minor Shaw, 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, Carol Burdette, Hughes Commercial Properties 


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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