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October 1, 2012 - Vol 3, Issue 10

October 10
Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee 
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office (124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202, Greenville) - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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October 19 
Senior Issues Meeting
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office (124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202, Greenville) - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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October 22
Human Potential Education Meeting 
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office (124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202, Greenville) - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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October 24  
Human Potential Preventive Health Meeting
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office (124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202, Greenville) - 3:00-5:00 p.m.
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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
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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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Be sure to register today for the final Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2012, which will be held on Thursday, November 15th, from 2:30-5 pm (reception to follow) at the Greenville Tech Auditorium. 


After spending the first three Our Upstate Vision Forums of the year discussing some of the key issues facing the Upstate as we look toward future growth in the region, the final Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2012 will be a celebration of some of the great things currently being done by businesses, organizations and local communities across South Carolina's Upstate.


The forum will include recognition of companies, organizations and programs celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2012. Also being highlighted during the event will be organizations or initiatives that are having significant impact across the region in the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision.  



Tommy Spaulding
Tommy Spaulding 
Serving as the keynote speaker will be nationally recognized author and speaker Tommy Spaulding. Author of the bestselling book It's Not Just Who You Know, Spaulding has been recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the best personal development speakers in the country.


 The forum is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please register in advance.



Regional Vision Cover
October will be a busy month for Ten at the Top/Our Upstate Vision Task Forces as there are currently four meetings scheduled around various initiatives. If you have not previously been engaged with Ten at the Top or any of the regional task forces, the time is ideal for you to begin participating as each group is working on a specific Upstate issue.

Below is the meeting schedule for October:

October 10th - Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee - 10:00 am-noon - TATT Office

Meeting of the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee to review the work of the Actions & Strategies and the Education & Outreach sub-committees and discuss implementation for the Clean Air Upstate campaign. Register to Attend 


October 19th - Senior Forum Follow-Up Meeting - 10:00 am-noon - TATT Office

As follow-up to the Our Upstate Vision Forum on Future Needs of the Growing Senior Population, there will be a meeting of folks who expressed an interest in discussing the recommendations raised at the forum. Register to Attend 


October 22nd - Human Potential Education Sub-Committee - 10:00 am-noon - TATT Office

Meeting of members of the Our Upstate Vision Human Potential Task Force, United Way Directors and others interested in discussing opportunities for regional collaboration around the message of the value of education. Register to Attend 


October 24th - Human Potential Preventive Health Sub-Committee - 3-5 pm - TATT Office

This meeting is a follow-up to the preventive health meeting held in August. The sub-committee is looking at regional gaps around preventive health care and the opportunity for regional initiatives. Register to Attend 



If you have any questions or would like additional information on any of the committee meetings, please contact Dean Hybl at 864-283-2315.


SMART Upstate
 In an effort to improve transportation connections across Greenville and Spartanburg, participants recently immersed themselves in a mapping session at CU-ICAR in Greenville.  The event was a collaboration between Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS), Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG), Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS), Spartanburg County, SMART at the University of Michigan, and InnoMobility.

The mapping session was part of a project known as "SMART Upstate" which is facilitated by a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between GPATS, ACOG, and SPATS that allows staff to coordinate the planning of transportation projects.

SMART Upstate is modeled on the SMART program at the University of Michigan that utilizes mapping sessions to encourage cross-sector transportation coordination and innovation to make destinations and activities more accessible for all individuals, to make the transportation system more efficient, and to improve the potential for economic development.


Pendleton Place

Pendleton Place Children's Shelter is a place of safety and comfort for children who have been hurt by abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Since its founding in 1975, Pendleton Place has been filling an important need in the Upstate community by providing a safe, warm place for children and youth who have been removed from their homes by the Department of Social Services. They provide food, clothing, warm beds, nurturing care, mental health services, quality medical care, and more to help hurting children begin the healing process.  


In 2011, Pendleton Place provided services for 168 children and youth. To learn more, please visit their website or call 864-467-3650 to schedule a tour.


Please save the date for Pendleton Place's 3rd annual Benefit Breakfast on November 15th , 7:30 - 8:30AM! Held at the TD Convention Center, there is no cost to attend this event and we guarantee you won't want to miss it. Join us as we unveil Pendleton Place's response to South Carolina's changing child welfare system and our role with children & families. We'll also be introducing some exciting new programs during the hour!


For the event Pendleton Place still needs more table hosts and corporate sponsors. There is no cost to host a table - just invite philanthropic folks to join you at the event. Corporate sponsorship opportunities range from $500 - $10,000. To sign up as a table host,  reserve your seat as a guest, or learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lauren Scoggins at lscoggins@pendletonplace.org or 864-467-3650.



Innomobility  The InnoMobility 2012 Conference will bring together a global, open innovation community of diverse leaders exploring how evolving demographics and advancing technology lead to new high-growth mobility markets. The conference will be held November 7-8 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

The Southeast is an epicenter of a large global mobility industry with an innovative ecosystem of forward thinking mobility-related companies and academic centers.

Keynotes & Speakers include:

Peter Falt, Director of Strategic Partnering, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, CA
Joel Hoffman, Business Strategist Automotive Solutions Division, Intel, MI
Cliff Thomas, Managing Director, SMART+ Connected Communities, Cisco Systems, CA
Ryan Popple, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Silicon Valley, CA
David Berdish, Manager, Sustainable Business Development, Ford Motor Company, MI
Dr. Ulrich Quay, Partner, BMW iVentures, NY
Dani Essindi Behrendt, Honda Innovation & Strategic Alliances, Honda Research & Development

Also speaking are The Honorable Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, The Honorable Trey Gowdy, U.S. House of Representatives, and Paul Peterson, CEO Volta Volare.

The objective of the conference is to discover new business opportunities and develop them by connecting leaders with the resources they need to be successful. The conference is built around dynamic keynotes and high-impact opportunity conversations, a series of rapid presentations, and a Conversation Cafe to explore how those in the audience can contribute and benefit. Opportunities are presented by leaders in major corporations, middle market companies, innovative businesses, and academic centers.   

Check out the Agenda and register for the conference at www.innomobility.com.


Fall 2012 Festivals in Upstate SC


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 include a look at emergency preparedness in the region, Hispanic Heritage Month, the upcoming fall festival season, the upcoming performing arts season and a special backstage pass inside the Abbeville Opera House.

 The Hub has also developed two special sections to the site, one is a full listing of all festivals and community events in the region and the other includes the football schedules for all high school football teams in the Upstate.

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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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.

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

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