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December 3, 2012 - Vol 3, Issue 12

December 11
USC Upstate Community Vibrancy Presentations 

USC Upstate/Johnson College of Business Building - 160 East St. John St., Spartanburg - 8:00-9:30 a.m.

December 11
Upstate Senior Issues Meeting
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202
Greenville  - 10:30 a.m.-noon
December 13
TATT Executive Committee Meeting
Trehel Corporation - 408 East North St., Greenville - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
December 13
Upstate United Way Directors Meeting
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202, Greenville - 2:00-4:00 p.m.

January 31  
Upstate Regional Forum
BMW Zentrum - 3:00-5:00 p.m. with reception to follow

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Erwin Maddrey
Erwin Maddrey 

Upstate businessman Erwin Maddrey was honored as the first recipient of the Welling Award for Regional Collaboration during the Our Upstate Vision Forum on November 15th.  

Maddrey is the Treasurer and an Executive Committee Member with Ten at the Top and has been actively involved in many organizations across the Upstate, including Upstate Forever and the Urban League of the Upstate.


The Welling Award for Regional Collaboration was named in honor of Irv Welling, III, the first Chairman of Ten at the Top.


During the Forum, Ten at the Top also recognized the 39 businesses, organizations and programs from across the Upstate that are celebrating milestone anniversaries of 20 or more years in 2012. A picture of many of the representatives is shown below and you can click here to see the entire list.


Upstate Milestone Anniversaries
Representatives from businesses, organizations and programs celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2012.  



During the forum TATT also recognized organizations that are having success within the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision. Check out the YouTube videos for each program.

Community Vibrancy: South Carolina Festival of Flowers
Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality: SC Works Upstate
Human Potential: Glendale Outdoor Leadership School
Natural Beauty & Resources: Rocky River Conservancy
Sustainable Growth: Greenville Connections for Sustainability   



Laurens Welding
The theme for the 2013 Our Upstate Vision Forum Series is Destination 2030 - Thinking BIG and BOLD about the future of the Upstate. Each forum will focus on a different subject with the first forum focusing on Workforce and Skill Development.

The first forum of 2013 will be held on Thursday, January 31st from 3-5 pm at the BMW Zentrum.

The goal of each forum in 2013 is to identify transcendent ideas that will help ensure that the Upstate in 2030 is universally recognized as a leading place to live, learn, do business and raise a family.


Each forum will focus on a key issue that not only impacts the Upstate today, but will play a critical role in ensuring the region meets its long-term potential. In addition to Workforce and Skill Development, other topics to be discussed at the forums in 2013 include Natural Beauty & Resources and Transportation & Connectivity. 


During the forum on January 31st, participants will receive an overview of who is currently engaged in Workforce and Skill Development in the Upstate as well as a look at examples of "cutting edge" workforce and skill development programs being done across the country.


However, most of the time will be spent in a group discussion with the goal of pinpointing some of the BIG and BOLD initiatives and opportunities that if done across the Upstate would help ensure that the region in 2030 is universally recognized as a leader in Workforce and Skill Development.

The Our Upstate Vision Forum is free, but participants are asked to register in advance.

Click Here to Register 



The South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 4th Annual Corporate Gala, which will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.  


This year's Gala promises to be unique as we celebrate the Chamber's 5th year of serving the business community in South Carolina.  


As a way of reflecting on the Chamber's past five years, the Chamber is dedicating this year's Gala to the theme of "Giving Back: Serving and investing in our communities." By making this theme the focus of this year's Gala, the Chamber hopes to express its gratitude to the community that has played an integral part in the growth of the Chamber.


The Gala will include a toy drive that will benefit a local charity. A toy for the toy drive can be your ticket to the Gala: The first 50 active Chamber members to donate a toy to our toy drive will be eligible to receive one complimentary ticket to the Gala when a second ticket is purchased.Contact Ramón Nieves at (787) 431-0071 to donate toys for the toy drive.


The featured speaker for the Gala will be María Cristina Marrero, who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Siempre Muter Magazine, the leading Spanish lifestyle title owned by Meredith Corporation. A well-known creative editor who has specialized in lifestyle for some of the largest Latin American women's publications in the US, Marrero has served as the Fashion and Beauty Editor and Staff Reporter for Caras and Vanidades magazines, two high-end titles owned by the largest Latin American editorial house, Televisa.   


Maria Christina Marrero 

Throughout her career, she has interviewed many renowned Hispanic celebrities such as Zoe Saldaña, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú and Antonio Banderas, among many others.    


Marrero's charisma and charm has made her the best spokesperson for the brand awareness strategy that was put in place for Siempre Mujer Magazine. She is media-trained and camera ready and has been contributing on a weekly basis since 2011for Showbiz en Español from CNN's New York headquarters. Marrero has also been a guest on national general market platforms like the Today Show on NBC.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, this well-traveled journalist who has lived in Buenos Aires, Madrid, Toledo, Miami and New York, has over a decade of experience in the publishing industry.  Educated between her native Puerto Rico and Spain, she attended the Sacred Heart University in San Juan and the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and a Master Degree in Digital and Interactive Technologies for Communications, respectively.

Click here for more information and to purchase a ticket



SC Football All Star Game

Much of the state's next crop of NFL talent will take to the field under the leadership of Danny Ford and Willie Jeffries at the South Carolina College All-Star Bowl March 23 at North Greenville University's Younts Stadium.


College seniors from South Carolina universities and elsewhere, if they played high school football in the state, are eligible for selection.


The 3 p.m. kickoff will be televised by WMYA-40 to more than 4.5 million viewers through South Carolina as well as parts of Georgia and North Carolina, but to the players some of the most important eyes watching will be of dozens of professional scouts in attendance. The game is purposefully set to come after the NFL Combine and before the NFL Draft.


"This is a one of a kind game," said Sam Wyche, the former NFL head coach who is acting as the game's commissioner. "South Carolina puts more professionals into the NFL than just about every other state in the country. We are highlighting some of the best in this game."


Bowl officials are creating a South Carolina College Football Hall of Fame to honor the Palmetto State's greatest legends, too, and the inaugural class will have eight players and be announced in March as part of the game weekend.


The game's two teams will split the Upper State from the Lower State, divided by Interstate 20, and Ford, the former Clemson coach and national championship winner, will lead the Upper State, Jeffries, the South Carolina State legend, the Lower State.


"The South Carolina College All Star Bowl gives these promising student athletes one more chance to showcase their skills in their home state, in front of the very fans who cheered them on," Wyche said. "It is also gives them a terrific opportunity to take their game to the next level."


Former South Carolina football stars and NFL veterans George Rogers, Patrick Sapp, Brandon Bennett and Woodrow Dantzler will serve as mentors to the players as they prepare for the game. Clemson and University of South Carolina broadcasters Will Merritt and Todd Ellis will provide commentary and insight for the broadcast.


The game also will serve as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, which provides meals, companionship and supervision to thousands of South Carolina residents daily.


For more details, check out the South Carolina College All Star Bowl web site.  


For Sponsorship opportunities contact Director of Sales and Marketing Jodie Abbinaate (513 -607 -9795  or ja@sccasb.com. Media Questions Contact John Boyanoski President Complete PR (864-289-9772  or jboyanoski@completepr.net.   



Upstate Elected Officials

Nearly 90 city, county and state elected leaders, along with business leaders from across the region, gathered at the BMW Zentrum on November 29th to discuss key legislative issues facing the Upstate.


The latest of the regular Upstate Elected Officials Meetings that started in 2010 included discussions on transportation, education, workforce development and infrastructure.  


Included during the forum was a roundtable discussion including SC Senator Mike Fair, SC House Member Chandra Dillard, Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair and Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts. Furman University President Rod Smolla served as the moderator for the discussion.


Check out a recap of the meeting from GSA Business.  




SC Arts Commission The South Carolina Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards, which recognize achievement in the following of categories.

ARTS IN EDUCATION - open to SC individuals and/or institutions whose primary function is arts education. May include: arts educators (teachers, consultants, principals, administrators), schools, school districts, college/university arts departments, etc.
ORGANIZATION - open to SC organizations who contribute to the advancement and/or support of the arts. May include: arts discipline organizations, arts councils, arts advocacy groups, guilds, arts departments of organizations, educational institutions, etc.
GOVERNMENT - open to SC individuals and/or institutions generally described as a unit of state, local, county, or municipal government, elected/appointed officials.
BUSINESS/FOUNDATION - open to SC individuals or companies/foundations whose participation, support, and/or contributions have benefited the maintenance and growth of the arts.
INDIVIDUAL - open to SC individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and statewide impact through their leadership, support, and advancement of the arts. May include: arts professionals such as managers, administrators; arts supporters such as patrons, promoters, donors, etc.
INDIVIDUAL ARTIST - open to SC artists of exceptional talent and creativity, in any discipline, whose contribution to the arts has helped guide and influence directions, trends and aesthetic practices across the state or to national or international levels.

For more details and to make a nomination, check out the Arts Commission Web Site. The deadline for applications is December 17, 2012.


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 include at the Hollywild Holiday Lights Safari, Community Works Carolina, Veterans Day in the Upstate, and the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Program.   

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 the 37 "Founding Funding Partners" who made initial three-year funding commitments to Ten at the Top in 2009 and 2010:


Reality Check and Ten at the Top Startup Grants: Advance SC


Regional Steward: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, GSA Business, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, The Greenville News


Regional Partner: AnMed Health, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, ScanSource


Regional Sponsor: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Hughes Investments, Erwin Maddrey, TD Bank, Elliott Davis, Oconee Medical Center


Regional Advocate: Barnet Development Corporation, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, BMW Manufacturing Co., The Furman Co., Hughes Agency, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, Welling Strategic, Piedmont Natural Gas


Regional Patron: Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, BB&T, Broad River Electric Cooperative, City of Greer, Coldwell Banker Caine, Community Foundation of Greenville, General Wholesale Distributors, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood, Greenville Technical College, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Minor Shaw, Trehel Corporation,

Tri-County Technical College, USC Upstate


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.



TATT Founding Funding Partners
Representatives from some of the 37 "Founding Funding Partners" for Ten at the Top. 



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