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January 7, 2013 - Vol 4, Issue 1

January 17 
TATT Executive Committee Meeting
Trehel Corporation - 408 East North St., Greenville - 12:00-2:00 p.m.
January 17 
Upstate United Way Directors Meeting
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202, Greenville - 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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

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2013 Ten at the Top Forum 1

Be sure and register today for the first Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2013, which will be held on Thursday, January 31st from 3-5 pm at the BMW Zentrum.

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.

For the January 31st Forum, Ten at the Top is partnering with the four Workforce Investment Boards in the Upstate to develop a program that not only provides a snapshot of current Workforce and Skill Development efforts across the region, but that also looks at "cutting edge" ideas that are enjoying success across the country.


Keeping with the Destination 2030 theme, much of the program will be spent in an interactive 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 
Upstate Hub Mobile App


Thanks to a partnership between Ten at the Top and WSPA-TV, it is now easier to access the comprehensive calendar and resources available on the Upstate Information Hub through a new mobile app that is available for both Android devices and Apple products

The app will now allow mobile users to easily access the hundreds of local calendar events and
more than a thousand local community resources
from across the 10 counties of South Carolina's Upstate that are available on the Information Hub.

In addition to the events and resources available on the Information Hub, mobile users 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 the Upstate Short Film Festival, the Children's Museum of the Upstate, the Center for Developmental Services, the Pendleton Historic District and the 50th Anniversary of the South Carolina Technical College System.

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).




Upstate International

Michelin North America has partnered with The International Center of the Upstate to inaugurate Upstate International, a month-long series of community events that will take place in March 2013.


The internationally focused events - including concerts, dance performances, food tastings, art exhibitions, lectures and festivals - will be staged in multiple communities and venues throughout the region. The announcement was made at Michelin's headquarters during a ceremony that showcased the Upstate's diverse mix of international cultures.


"Michelin was one of the first global corporations to plant roots in the Upstate nearly four decades ago, and today more than 230 international companies call the area home," said Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America. "As the presenting sponsor of Upstate International, Michelin is proud to recognize and support the thousands of international residents in the area, including our own employees, who contribute to the area's unique cultural diversity and our state's economy."


Foreign business investment has been a significant driver of growth for the international community in the Upstate. According to the Carolina Center for Foreign Investment, South Carolina's Upstate region captures the largest foreign investment per capita of any area in the United States.


Upstate International begins March 1, 2013, with an opening night gala to celebrate cultures from around the world. More than two dozen events will continue throughout the month, from foreign language lessons for children to concerts by marquee international musicians and performers such as the Whirling Dervishes.


"We are honored to join Michelin and our many community partners in this innovative endeavor that brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to emphasize cross-cultural appreciation and understanding," said Whitney Walters, executive director of The International Center of the Upstate. "Thanks to the support of area chambers of commerce, city and county governments and universities and corporations, Upstate International is sure to shine an even brighter spotlight on our region's rich diversity and growing international community."


Clemson University is also taking a leading role in the launch of Upstate International by hosting and sponsoring events throughout the monthlong celebration.


"The Upstate's international community enhances South Carolina's position in thought and cultural leadership," said James Barker, president of Clemson University. "As our companies, universities and community organizations continue to attract and welcome thousands of international residents, the Upstate is strengthening its position as one of the country's most highly desirable locations to live, work and invest."


The initial calendar of events for Upstate International can be found at http:www.upstateinternational.com.  




SC Football All Star Game

Two Palmetto State coaching legends will lead opposing squads of the best college football seniors in the inaugural South Carolina College All Star Bowl March 23.


Former Clemson head coach Danny Ford will lead the Upper State team and South Carolina State's Willie Jeffries will lead the Lower State team for the 3 p.m. game at North Greenville University's Younts Stadium. The game will be aired live on WMYA-40 to more than 4.5 million viewers throughout South Carolina as well as parts of Georgia and North Carolina.


In addition to showcasing some of the best current football players, the South Carolina College All Star Bowl is creating a South Carolina College Football Hall of Fame to honor the Palmetto State's greatest legends. The inaugural class will have eight players and be announced in March as part of the game weekend.


The players making up the two teams will consist of seniors from South Carolina colleges as well as South Carolina natives who played for out-of-state schools. Dozens of professional scouts will be attending the game.


In addition to Wyche, Ford and Jeffries, 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 game.


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 information go to www.sccollegeallstarbowl.com.




Joust for Fun

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, the Rotary Clubs of Anderson and Greenville Evening will host a Joust for Fun Jousting Event from Noon to 4 pm.   


Joust for Fun will be held at the T. Ed Garrison Arena located at 1101 West Queen Street in Pendleton (off Highway 76/Clemson Boulevard).  There will be a variety of fun activities and festivities and a live jousting match featuring the Knights of the Guild East and special guests from the Hanlon Lees Action Theatre.


Proceeds from Joust for Fun will benefit the EarlyAct FirstKnight (EAFK) program currently sponsored in six Anderson County middle and elementary schools.  EarlyAct FirstKnight is a revolutionary character and ethics education program for schoolchildren in grades K-8 that brings Rotary principles into daily mainstream public education.


Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students (with ID), and $2 for children 12 & under. Students wearing their earned EAFK medallion enter FREE! Click Here for more information and to purchase tickets.  





Lockhart Power Tree Planting Lockhart Power Company and its parent company, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., recently planted 100 trees in its service area to celebrate 100 years of the power company's service.  Lockhart Power Company was incorporated by the State of South Carolina in February 1912 to provide electrical services to the surrounding mill villages. Today, the investor owned utility serves a variety of customers in portions of five counties using its 99 percent renewable energy generation portfolio.

The day began with a visit to the "Welcome to the City of Union" sign, where local dignitaries including Mayor Harold Thompson viewed the site of the planted trees.  The group then moved to Jonesville Elementary, where Mayor Ernest Moore, Principal Rene Pryor, Superintendent Kristi Woodall, and 40 Jonesville Elementary kindergarteners thanked Lockhart Power with a presentation by the students and a gift of the book, The Giving Tree.  Next was the Town of Lockhart, where Mayor Ailene Ashe and members of the Town Council welcomed Lockhart Power at Town Hall.  Finally, Mayor Elaine Harris, student representatives of the Middle School of Pacolet, and Pacolet community members joined Lockhart Power at Marysville School for a site blessing after at a reception at the Pacolet Town Hall.

"We wanted to give something back to the community that would last for the next 100 years," said Bryan Stone, Chief Operating Officer of Lockhart Power Company. "What better way than to beautify our community with 100 trees, which will also serve Pacolet Milliken's and Lockhart Power's mission of sustainability? This is our way of showing appreciation to the people that we serve every day, and making a positive impact that will hopefully be felt another hundred years from now."



Upstate Forever

Upstate Forever will welcome Nell Newman, founder and president of Newman's Own Organics, as the keynote speaker at its ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.  


An ardent supporter of sustainable agriculture, Newman will discuss the importance of organic foods and share her perspective on why living a more environmentally conscious life helps us all. Newman's commitment to organic foods led her to convince her father, Paul Newman, to establish an organic division of Newman's Own in 1993. She is now president of the company and one of the country's great champions of organic foods. Newman has a direct connection to the Upstate since her mother, the Oscar-winning actress Joanne Woodward, graduated from Greenville High School and launched her career at the Greenville Little Theatre.


"We are so excited and honored to have Nell with us," said Brad Wyche, executive director of Upstate Forever. "She will share some wonderful stories about her parents and provide unique insights about the organic food movement. It's a speech you don't want to miss."


Upstate Forever's ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions in the fields of land conservation, water quality, air quality, sustainable development, public service and volunteer work.  


The luncheon will be held at Embassy Suites at 670 Verdae Boulevard in Greenville. For tickets or sponsorship information check out the Forever Green web site or contact Billie Young at (864) 232-2302 or billie@crawfordstrategy.com.



SC Automotive Council The South Carolina Automotive Council, the only statewide organization dedicated to advancing the state's automotive manufacturing sector, will be hosting the second annual Automotive Summit scheduled for February 5-7, 2013, at The Hyatt in Greenville, S.C.  

The conference will provide manufacturers across the state opportunities to collaborate while providing new insights through focused breakout sessions. Topics of discussion include growing investments in the Southeast, workforce development, and the automotive industry's economic outlook.  The sessions will be led by executives of Bosch, Bridgestone, Daimler, and General Dynamics, as well as S.C. Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt.  The Summit will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC.

"The SC Automotive Council will provide manufacturers expert insights into the future of the automotive industry in South Carolina. This summit will continue the momentum and growth of the auto cluster while maintaining our position at the forefront of a competitive, global industry," said Lewis F. Gossett, President and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.

The Southern automotive cluster has played a consistent and pivotal role in the growth of the South Carolina economy. Since 2011, over 6,800 new automotive jobs have been created in South Carolina, which is home to more than 300 manufacturing facilities that have generated $4.4 billion in new investments.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 Automotive Summit are available. For more information on the SCAC or to register for the 2013 Automotive Summit, visit www.scautomotivecouncil.com.





Over the last three 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 current Continuing Funding Partners (three-year funding commitments):


Regional Visionary: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina 


Regional Steward: GSA Business, Greenville News  


Regional Benefactor: Greenville Hospital System  


Regional Partner: AnMed Health 


Regional Sponsors: Elliott Davis, Erwin Maddrey, Sealevel Systems, Bon Secours St. Francis, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Charter Business, Greenville Water, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA), Trehel Corporation, Hughes Agency

Regional Advocate:  Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Barnet Development Corporation, City of Greer, Welling Strategic, BMW Manufacturing Co., Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, The Furman Company, Craig Brown, World Acceptance Corporation, The Palmetto Bank, ScanSource 


Regional Patron: USC-Upstate, Broad River Electric Cooperative, Greenville Tech, Community Foundation of Greenville, Coldwell Banker Caine, BB&T, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Hughes Investments, Hughes Commercial, 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


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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