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March 4, 2013 - Vol 4, Issue 3
March 11
Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee Meeting
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
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April 4
Upstate Elected Officials Meeting 
BMW Zentrum - 3:30-5:00 p.m. with reception to follow
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Clean Air Upstate
Ensuring that the Upstate Region  maintains a level of air quality that meets federal standards is important both for the physical health, but also for the economic vitality of the Upstate region.

The Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee, which consists of stakeholder representatives from both the public and private sector, has developed the "Clean Air Upstate" initiative to help ensure that the Upstate region is continuing to focus on reducing ozone and other air pollutants in order to remain within EPA attainment levels.

Currently, the Upstate region is within compliance, but very close to the levels for non-attainment. Areas that do not meet federal standards face increased restriction for how they can spend transportation funding and increased regulations for industries looking to build or expand in the region.

As part of the "Clean Air Upstate" program, local governments, businesses and organizations are encouraged to support the Upstate Clean Air Pledge and identify areas where they can help promote the importance of having clean air in the Upstate as well as ways they can help reduce emissions.

So far, Greenville, Oconee and Spartanburg counties, along with nearly a dozen businesses and organizations, have approved the Clean Air Upstate pledge.

In addition, a grant through the Hollingsworth Fund is providing individual schools in Greenville County that are participating in the Breathe Better anti-idling program with a one-time $250 grant. The advisory committee is currently working to secure funds to expand that program to other counties in the region.

The next meeting of the Air Quality Advisory Committee is March 11th and is open to anyone interested in promoting clean air programs in the Upstate.

If your business or community is interested in learning more about the Clean Air Upstate program and pledge, please check out the website www.cleanairupstate.org.


Upstate SC Planners-2013 More than 60 planners from the Upstate recently participated in the regular meeting of the Upstate Planners Group, which meets several times each year to discuss issues important to their profession. The theme for this meeting was about the connections between planning and economic development.


Focused on the goal of how planners and economic developers can help each other, the meeting sparked a valuable conversation on ways the two groups connect and can support each other. Hal Johnson with the Upstate SC Alliance, Mark Warner from the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, and Nancy Whitworth from the City of Greenville provided insight into the role of economic development at a regional, county and local level and how planners can play a key role in advancing their efforts.


The key themes of the presentations and subsequent discussion included communication, role of technology and the internet, and gaining a better understanding of the economic development RFI (request for information) process. Planners and economic developers will continue the discussion in the next planners meeting slated for this spring. 


March kicks off a month-long, multi-venue, multi-event celebration of all things international here in the Upstate.  Known as Upstate International Month, the month will be dedicated to events that promote knowledge, establish friendships, and share the things that make each culture that calls the Upstate home unique.  With over 90 events planned in the month so far, Upstate International Month is sure to promote and foster the continued international growth of the Upstate area.  Upstate International Month is sponsored by The International Center of the Upstate, a local non-profit organization that advocates international cultural diversity and harmony within the Upstate community. 


"This is an exciting step in the growth of cultural diversity initiatives in our area," says Whitney Walters, Executive Director of The International Center of the Upstate.  "The region is known for its international business will now also be known as an area that celebrates the myriad of cultures that we share among our community members."


For a full list of events, click here! 


On March 1st, more than 250 port users, stakeholders, community leaders and elected officials came together in the City of Greer, to officially break ground at the site that will become the Inland Port in the Upstate.

The inland port is one major part of the South Carolina Port Authority's $1.3-billion capital plan that will span over 10 years. This plan includes major investments in both new and existing facilities, equipment and information systems. The state of South Carolina is investing close to $700 million in port-related infrastructure, including $300 million to fund the construction of Charleston's post-45 Harbor Deepening Project. The inland port is projected to be completed by September of this year. 


Lockhart Power Company and its parent company, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., broke ground  February 28th on the power company's new corporate office building, to be located next to the company's current office facility at 420 River Street in Lockhart.


The 6,600-square-foot office building will provide three distinct functions: new administrative offices, a new customer service center and a company meeting room.  The administrative offices will accommodate the corporate growth Lockhart Power has experienced in recent years as it has expanded from a single source of generation to eight generation plants located throughout the upper half of the state.  The customer service center will provide better building access to customers by virtue of a parking lot located immediately adjacent to the building, and will provide a superior customer experience when the need arises for face-to-face interaction with Lockhart's customer service professionals.  The company meeting room will serve as a multi-functional space for everything from company events to public stakeholder meetings.


SC Football All Star Game The inaugural South Carolina College All Star Bowl will be played March 23 at North Greenville University. While this is an event for the entire state, it has especially garnered major attention for the Upstate.

The game pits a team of college seniors, who either played high school football in the region or just finished college careers at schools here, against a team of similar players from the Lowcountry. 


Local players of note include Clemson's Corico Wright; Furman's Ben Granger, RJ Webb, Ricky Lang, Dakota Derrick, Josh Lynn and Nathan Wade; Presbyterian's Anderico Bailey, Michael Ruff and Xavier Boatwright, and North Greenville's Johnathon Sharpe, A.J. Jones, Chancellor Hudson and Sean Wright,


Players from major football programs outside the state include Gee Gee Greene from Navy, Tra'ves Bush from Navy, BJ Sumter from Wyoming, Lenard Williams from Washington State, Cartier Rice from Kentucky, Taylor Wyndham from Kentucky, Joseph Carter from Nebraska, and Jon Richt, a Mars Hill quarterback and son of Georgia head coach Mark Richt.


And of course, the coaches. The Upstate team is being led by Clemson's Danny Ford and the Lowcountry is being led by Willie Jeffries. Mentors and assistant coaches include a host of former NFL and college greats including Brian Dawkins, Levon Kirland, Patrick Sapp, Marco Coleman, Sam Cowart, Nick Eason, Woody Dantzler, Charlie Brown and more.


To purchase tickets, go to www.sccollegeallstarbowl.com


As part of our tenth anniversary celebratory activities, the Rutland Institute for Ethics created the Rutland Institute "Bringing Ethics into Focus" award. This is a call for nominations for the 2013 Award: Nominations are due by March 15, 2013.

The annual Award is presented by the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University to an individual in recognition of action and significant accomplishment that reveal commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.

Nominators should submit a letter that tells "the story" of what was accomplished, including the setting in which the nominee was acting, the scope and character of the challenge(s) she/he faced, how the nominee's action promoted the common good, and the way(s) in which the nominee demonstrated commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.

David Locke, an Emeritus member of RIE's Advisory Board (2009-2012), created the Rutland Institute for Ethics (RIE) logo and tag line: "bringing ethics into focus." We are grateful to David and his company, Locke Design Omnimedia. The award is a handsome crystal that contains an etching
of the RIE logo and tag line. A commemorative plaque is displayed at the RIE headquarters, to permanently record the names of award winners and inspire others to learn about and emulate the efforts of awardees.

For more information about the award, click here.

The Product Development Management Association Carolinas Chapter invites you to join them for a fantastic evening of networking and fun - Technology Scouting, Licensing and Implementation: Opportunities and Pitfalls on March 12th! 


This event will showcase professional practitioners in a panel discussion from different groups involved in this process. They will be sharing knowledge on how things work from their end, what to expect in the process, success stories, and examples of where things break down. This will be an informal format to encourage group discussion from attendees as well. There will be plenty of networking time to meet innovators and product developers.


Expert Speaker Panel:

Aaron Arvia-   Senior Project Engineer at Electrolux - Practical ways of seeking to find innovation     

Lisa Perpall - Technology Commercialization Officer at Clemson University - Early Phase Licensing 

John Perkins -  IP Attorney- Perkins Law Firm -  IP issues  

Brent Neal - Research Team Lead - Milliken -  Implementing ideas into the firm 


Who should attend? practicing product development professionals, technology scouts, innovators, academic researchers, professors and students and those service providers that support corporations with their innovation and product development expertise. Online registration available until March 11th


Registration price includes a drink coupon and appetizers. Ford's will open their all you can eat Oysters and they have great Cajun food you can order. Register Today 


The future of the town of Duncan will include tree-lined streets, sidewalks, and safe crossings, Upstate Forever according to a new master plan formally accepted by Town Council on Monday evening.


The plan was created over the past year with input from dozens of residents and facilitated by local nonprofit Upstate Forever, in concert with the town government and with funding from the Mary Black Foundation.


Consultants from North Carolina-based Stewart, Inc. presented the Duncan Streetscape and Pocket Parks Master Plan to Council on January 14. The plan focuses on streetscape improvements along the five blocks of Main Street from Spencer Street to Moore Street, the design of two pocket parks in the vicinity of Town Hall, and a downtown master plan with guidelines for development and redevelopment of downtown structures.


The complete plan is available online at: www.upstateforever.org/progSCdocs/DuncanStreetscapeAndPocketParksMasterPlan2013.pdf 


For more information, contact Sherry Barrett at sbarrett@upstateforever.org  or (864) 327-0090.

Greenwood Flowers In partnership with Dr. Abe Goldberg and Urban Planning & Policy students at USC Upstate, the Our Upstate Vision Community Vibrancy Task Force has spent the last year identifying "great ideas" from across South Carolina and the United States of how communities of all sizes have worked to develop vibrancy in their community around their Neighborhoods, Downtowns, Parks & Recreation, Arts & Culture or Programs & Events.

On May 22-23, TATT will be hosting a series of Community Workshops across the Upstate to provide a chance for local communities to learn and share ideas about how to create vibrant community initiatives. Representatives from some of the "great idea" communities will be on hand to discuss their programs with local residents.

Check out an overview of the workshops.

Below is the tentative schedule. Specific locations and other details will be available over the next few weeks.

May 22
Morning - USC Upstate
Afternoon - Greenwood

May 23
Morning - Anderson/Pickens/Oconee area
Afternoon - Greenville

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.

If you have calendar events, resources or feature stories that you would like to see added to the Information Hub, please contact Meredyth Boaz (


TATT Logo 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 Continuing Funding Partners (three-year funding commitments) at the highest levels:


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

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.

The TATT newsletter is typically distributed the first Monday of each month (except for when there is a holiday) to more than 6,500 residents across the Upstate. The deadline for submitting information is the Thursday prior to the first Monday of the month.

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