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September 10, 2012 - Vol 3, Issue 9

September 20
TATT Executive Committee 
Trehel Corp (408 East Main St., Greenville) - 12:00-2:00 p.m.
September 27
Upstate Professional Planners Group
Mauldin Cultural Center (101 East Butler Road, Mauldin) - 3:00-5:00 p.m. with reception to follow
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October 25 
TATT Board of Directors
Mauldin Cultural Center (101 East Butler Road, Mauldin) 12:00-2:00 p.m.

November 15 
Our Upstate Vision Forum
Greenville Tech Auditorium - 2:30-5:00 p.m. with reception to follow

November 29 
Upstate Elected Officials Meeting
BMW Zentrum - 3:30-5:00 p.m. with reception to follow

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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Dave Eldridge-Our Upstate Forum


The percentage of South Carolina residents age 65 and older is expected to rise from 12.1% to 22% of the overall population by 2030.

The Our Upstate Vision Forum on September 6th focused on the Future Needs of Our Growing Senior Population.

Bill Igleheart from BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina provided a general overview of just how significant the senior population in South Carolina is growing, both from seniors moving to the state and the aging of the population of current residents. Since 1960 the median age of South Carolina residents has increased from 23 to 38. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of South Caroliuna residents 65 and older increased by 30%.

According to John Miller, CEO of AnMed Healthcare, more than 7,000 seniors are added to the Medicare rosters every day and this generation of seniors will receive care in many different ways than previous generations. Technology has altered the expectations for treatment to illness while an increase in physical activity has also changed the equation and helped contribute to the fact that by 2030 average life expectancy is predicted to be 80 years (compared to 73.7 in 1980).

Jack Hansen, co-author of the book Shaping A Life Of Significance For Retirement discussed the importance of retiring to something, rather than simply from something. He suggested that Baby Boomers reaching retirement age are not content sitting on the front porch and instead provide the Upstate with a great opportunity for a volunteer base that has experience, passion and available time.

Hansen made three recommendations for what the Upstate could do to take advantage of the additional retired people who will be living in the Upstate in coming decades.
1. Create a regional clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities. This would help place interested volunteers with organizations that have needs related to the specific interest or experience of the volunteer.
2. Expand Access to LifeLong Learning Programs across the region. Programs are currently available at Furman and Clemson, but not in other areas in the Upstate.
3. Support innovations in continuous care as the continued increase in life expectancy will necessitate different approaches and the desire of many seniors to stay in their own homes longer.

The program concluded with a panel discussion that dived into some of the learning and mentoring opportunities as well as some of the other challenges facing seniors. It was discussed that while making the Upstate an attractive place for seniors to move to after retirement has value, there are also many current residents, some with financial and physical challenges, who will continue living in the region and we should also look at what issues need to be addressed to ensure they have the opportunity for a quality senior life.

Check out the full forum presentations.

Ten at the Top will be hosting a meeting of those interested in continuing discussions on these topics later this fall. Anyone interested in participating should contact Dean Hybl (dhybl@tenatthetop.org) to become involved.

The final Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2012 will be held on Thursday, November 15th, at the Greenville Tech Auditorium from 2:30-5 pm. Registration for the forum will begin in early October.


Upstate Planners
The September 27th meeting of the Upstate Professional Planners Group will focus on the issue of transportation and opportunities for partnerships and collaboration across the Upstate.

Mark Pleasant from the South Carolina Department of Transportation will discuss the new MAP 21 funding program. There will also be presentations on the role of transportation in land use planning and current local and regional transportation efforts across the Upstate.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, from 3-5 pm (reception to follow) at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The Upstate Professional Planners Group is open to all planners in the region as well as anyone else who is engaged in planning initiatives in the region.

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Upstate Forever
 Upstate Forever is now accepting nominations for its 2012 Annual Awards, which will be presented at the ForeverGreen Luncheon, tentatively scheduled for February 21, 2013 in Greenville.  
The following awards will be presented:
* Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion Award
* Sustainable Communities Champion
* Clean Water Champion
* Clear Skies Champion
* Public Servant of the Year
* Volunteer of the Year   
Click here for Award Criteria
Only active Upstate Forever members are eligible to submit nominations.  Nominations may be submitted by e-mail to Nancy Fitzer, Upstate Forever Education Director, at nfitzer@upstateforever.org no later than November 1, 2012.  Please explain in no more than 300 words why your nominee is deserving of the award.  Your nomination may include up to three attachments (in pdf format) and up to three website links to relevant information about the nominee.
The Upstate Forever Board of Directors will carefully review all of the nominations and make the final decision on the winners. 


Dean Hybl


Ten at the Top Executive Director Dean Hybl has been named to the national advisory board for the Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS). He participated in his first meeting as a member of the board last month in Louisville, Kentucky.

ARS, an affiliate of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, is a national peer-to-peer network of regional leaders who share a common commitment to collaborative action and achieving results in America's metropolitan areas. Its members come from business, government, education, and the civic sector.

"We are pleased to add Dean's insight and perspective to the ARS advisory board," said ARS chair Shelley Lauten. "Ten at the Top is making great strides in building collaboration in Upstate South Carolina. Having Dean involved with ARS at the national level will ensure that others can learn from what is being done in South Carolina while also exposing TATT to other best practices from across the country."

Since joining TATT as Executive Director in January 2010, Hybl has led the development of the Our Upstate Vision, which engaged more than 10,000 Upstate residents in a year-long effort to learn "What Matters Most" to Upstate residents as we look toward future growth in the region. He is currently coordinating regional task forces focused on issues of regional scale in the areas of Human Potential, Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality, Sustainable Growth, Natural Beauty & Resources and Community Vibrancy.  



ASTD The Upstate South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (Upstate SC ASTD) is launching the Training and Development Awards of Excellence competition to recognize accomplishments by an organization, business, or individual in the area of employee training and development. Award entries, written in a required format with a 4-page limit, are to be based on an initiative promoting one of the ASTD Competency Model's nine Areas of Expertise and must have been completed or started between Jan. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012. This awards competition is open to all ASTD members and non-members across the U.S.

According to the ASTD Competency Model, the nine Areas of Expertise are:
1. Career Planning and Talent Management
2. Coaching
3. Delivering Training
4. Designing Learning
5. Facilitating Organizational Change
6. Improving Human Performance
7. Managing Organizational Knowledge (including Social Learning)
8. Managing the Learning Function
9. Measuring and Evaluating
There is no entry fee for the inaugural year. Deadline for submitting entries will be 12 noon, Nov. 15, 2012. Entries may be either emailed to specialevents@upstatesc.astd.org or mailed/hand delivered to the Upstate SC ASTD office located at the University Center of Greenville, 225 South Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC  29607.
Conducted by a panel of local employee training and development executives, the judging criteria will focus on the overall impact of the identified ASTD Competency Model's Area of Expertise; the unique qualities of the initiative; the measurable value to the organization, business, or client; and the innovated advancement in employee training and development. To be recognized at the chapter's Employee Learning Week celebration on Dec. 6, the winner levels are:
- Gold Star - one year membership in Upstate SC ASTD chapter and one year Season Pass to 2013 Chapter Meetings
- Silver Star - One year Season Pass to the 2013 Chapter Meetings
- Bronze Star - One year Mini Pass to five of the 2013 Chapter Meetings  
To download the Call for Award Entries package, go to www.upstatesc.astd.org/Awards. For more information, contact Bob Kouvolo, president of Maximum Potential Training and the chapter's VP of Special Events, at bobk@maxpt.us or 864-419-6521. 


Upstate Information Hub


The Upstate Information Hub continues to offer a "one-stop" location to find links to resources and events from across 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 highlighting the 100th anniversary of Fluor, the Mission at Pleasant Ridge, and the great traditions of high school football in the Upstate. The Hub has also developed a special section that includes the football schedules for all high school football teams in the region.  

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).





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 those companies that have sponsored the Our Upstate Vision Forum Series for 2012:


Series Premier Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina,   

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

Individual Forum Premier Sponsors: TD Bank, Trehel Corporation, Greenville Hospital System 

Individual Forum Visionary Sponsors: Broad River Electric Cooperative, Self Regional Healthcare, Greenville Hospital System, Bank of America, Brown Mackie College 

Individual Forum Supporting Sponsors: Countybank, Elliott Davis Greenwood, Greenwood County Tourism, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, Self Family Foundation, Piedmont Natural Gas, Hughes Agency


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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