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July 2, 2013 - Vol 3, Issue 7

July 13 - Upstate Air Quality Education & Outreach Sub- Committee - TATT/Upstate Alliance Offices (124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

July 18 - Upstate Air Quality Strategy Sub-Committee - TATT/Upstate Alliance Offices (124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202) - 12:00-2:00 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 Information Hub


In preparation for Wednesday's July 4th holiday, the Upstate Information Hub has a listing of all the special celebrations across the Upstate. It also includes a look at the Revolutionary War battlefields located in the Upstate.

Overall, the Information Hub has listings 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 the Pickens County Biodiesel Plant, the Challenging Horizons program, and the Chattooga River.

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).




iUpstate.org is a new user-fed website intended to provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from international residents about living in Upstate South Carolina.  


This simple and free to use platform was created by an all-volunteer group in Furman University's Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative, and is maintained by The International Center.      


Upstate South Carolina boasts the highest international investment per capita of any region in the United States. With such high numbers of internationals moving into the area each year, there is a tremendous need for a comprehensive, user-fed website to provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from internationals, regardless of their country of origin.


"We constantly try to find ways of making our international residents feel at home here in Upstate, and their concerns are always our priority," said Whitney Walters, Executive Director of The International Center.


With its simple format, iUpstate.org is designed to be easy to use, with content generated by its users. Users can first check around the website to see if the question they would like to ask is already there, if not, they can simply sign up for an account and post their questions. Partner organizations can also support and help the international community by answering the questions or provide information to keep the answers on iUpstate up-to-date and accurate. By using the iUpstate website, users can develop more connections in the local areas and connections all around the world.


 For more information about the iUpstate, please contact The International Center at 864-631-2188.



Furman Lecture Series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Riley Institute at Furman will present a four-part summer lecture series on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting July 17 through Aug. 7 in Younts Conference Center on the Furman campus.


"Two South Carolinas: A Look at the Disparities in Education, Justice and Health," is hosted by Mark Quinn, director of public and member relations, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, and former host of SC ETV's "The Big Picture." The cost of the entire series is $40 ($30 for OLLI members) and $15 per single event.


In this important election year, OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman seek to spur dialog about issues facing both South Carolina and the nation.


July 17:  Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Education

John Simpkins, Charleston School of Law fellow, and counsel with Wyche, P.A., delivers opening keynote, "Virtual Reality: The myth and meaning of difference in SC." Steve Morrison, plaintiffs' attorney in Abbeville v. South Carolina, presents "Are We Keeping our Promise to 'minimally educate' our Children?"


July 24: Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Justice

Kirby Mitchell, managing attorney at South Carolina Legal Services, examines South Carolina's system of justice in "Justice for All?" South Carolina Dept. of Juvenile Justice director Margaret Barber offers "A Report Card on Juvenile Justice."


July 31: Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Health

SCDHEC deputy commissioner for health services Lisa Waddell, M.D. addresses "How Wealth Influences Well-being." Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services CEO Roland Gardner talks about "Bridging the Health Care Gap."


August 7: Two South Carolinas: Exploring Strategies for Change

Mark Quinn moderates a conversation with leaders from across the state who have on-the-ground experience in education, justice and health. Leaders closely examine the relationships among these complex, intersecting issues, and explore strategies for moving toward individual, cultural and structural change.


For more information or to register click here, or contact OLLI@Furman, 864-294-2998.




Furman Learning for You

Learning for You, a program at Furman University that offers personal interest classes, camps and trips for children, youth and adults, is conducting a survey to identify the educational needs and interests of Upstate residents.  


In anticipation of the grand opening of the Herring Center for Continuing Education this fall, Furman would like to know the types of educational programs that are of interest to Upstate residents.


Your help is appreciated by completing an easy-to-answer 17 question survey that will take less than five minutes to complete. In appreciation of your input, everyone who completes the survey will be eligible for a prize drawing that includes gift certificates to the Furman bookstore, free Learning for You classes and Furman athletic tickets.


Click Here to Take the Survey Now. :






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 Annual Partners and Special Gifts Supporters:


Regional Steward: Fairway Outdoors 

Regional Partner: Greenville Business Magazine, Duke Energy, Business Black Box 

Regional Sponsors: Spartanburg Water, TD Bank 

Regional Advocate: Hughes Agency, City of Mauldin, Self Regional Healthcare, Bank of America, Bradshaw Automotive, GSP Airport 

Regional Patron: Piedmont Natural Gas, Quinn & Satterfield Inc., Oconee Medical Center, Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS), Briar Patch Fund (Foothills Community Foundation), Laurens Electric Co-op, Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Countybank, Elliott Davis-Greenwood Office, Greenwood Tourism & Visitors Bureau, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, Self Family Foundation, Regions Bank  

Supporting Gifts: Rick Danner, Chandra Dillard, Foothills Community Foundation, Terence Roberts, Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Perry Williams, Ann Wright, Brad Wyche



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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