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May 6, 2013 - Vol 4, Issue 5
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
May 22-23
Community Vibrancy Workshops
May 22 - 9-11 a.m. - USC Upstate
May 22 - 3:30-5:30 p.m. - Greenwood
May 23 - 9-11 a.m. - Clemson
May 23 - 3-5 p.m. - Kroc Center

June 6th
Our Upstate Vision Forum - Natural Resources
CU-ICAR - 3:00-5:00 p.m. with reception to follow
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June 20
Upstate Professional
Planners Meeting

9:30 - 11:30am - City of Greer City Hall
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JUNE 6TH OUR UPSTATE VISION FORUM TO FOCUS ON THE CONNECTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE UPSTATE 

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In 2013 the Our Upstate Vision Forum Series is focusing on Destination 2030 and looking for those BIG and BOLD 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.

 

The next forum, on June 6th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at CU-ICAR, will explore the important role that Natural Resources play in maintaining and growing the Upstate Economy.  

 

During the forum we will look at the current status of water, air and land as regional resources as well as look at what could impact the ability to maintain these valuable resources moving forward.   

 

The forum will also include a group discussion where we will try to pinpoint 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 for the valuable role that natural resources play in the economic success of the Upstate.

 

The forum is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to register in advance. 

 

 

Click Here to Register 


 

UPSTATE AIR QUALITY CAMPAIGN 

Clean Air Upstate Reducing ozone emissions and promoting clean air across the Upstate is important for both the physical and economic vitality of the Upstate region. The Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee, which includes stakeholders from across the region, has created the Clean Air Upstate campaign to increase awareness and encourage community actions on this important issue.

Clean Air Upstate includes an anti-idling program that  encourages no-idling zones in school, shopping centers, malls and other parking areas across the Upstate.

 

The campaign also includes a series of Clean Air Tips that are quick and easy ways to reduce emissions and help keep the air cleaner. For a complete list of the Clean Air Upstate Tips, click here!

 

Clean Air Upstate will be holding a press conference at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School on May 21st at 11am to announce community partnerships and specific components of the Upstate clean air education and action strategy.  

 

If your school, business or community is interested in becoming involved or learning more about the Clean Air Upstate program, please contact Alissa Ritzo Duncan at 864-283-2313 or check out the website www.cleanairupstate.org

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE COMMUNITY VIBRANCY WORKSHOPS
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Is your community or neighborhood looking for a "spark" or "great idea" to help enhance the economic and community vibrancy within your area? 

 

 On May 22-23, Ten at the Top is hosting a series of Community Vibrancy Workshops in locations across the Upstate. Each workshop will be interactive and provide great opportunity to engage with others who have dealt with similar challenges and opportunities when working to increase vibrancy in their communities.

 

Don't miss this opportunity to interact with others from across the region, state and country as we explore ideas that have helped increase community vibrancy around neighborhoods, downtowns, parks & recreation, events & programs and arts & culture.

 

All workshops are FREE and open to the public, but we ask that you register in advance.

 

Below is the workshop schedule.  Please click on each forum for more details and to register.

Wednesday, May 22
9-11 a.m. - USC-Upstate - Click to Register
3:30-5:30 p.m. - Greenwood Arts Center - Click to Register

Thursday, May 23
9-11 a.m. - Clemson City Hall - Click to Register
3-5 p.m. - Kroc Center (Greenville) - Click to Register

UNITED WAY BORN LEARNING TRAIL OPENS IN PICKENS 

The first United Way Born Learning Trail in Pickens County, a project of the 2013 Leadership Pickens Class, was officially opened in April with a ribbon cutting and special activities. Kids from several area day care centers were the first children to experience the new Born Learning Trail at the J.B. "Red" Owens Recreation Complex.  

 

Born Learning Trails are interactive, playful and educational, designed to encourage early learning in children. The trail is made up of outdoor learning games and activities that children participate in with their parents. The Born Learning trail will feature 10 different stations designed for children up to age 4. Born Learning Trails are part of United Way Worldwide's public engagement campaign to foster early childhood education and create early learning opportunities for young children.  The Trail's learning games help build pre-literacy skills that are critical to school readiness.  

 

B-CYCLE PROGRAM COMES TO GREENVILLE 

A healthy and environmentally friendly way for residents to get around Greenville was celebrated on April 9th with the official launch of the B-cycle program.  

 

A partnership between Upstate Forever and the Greenville Health System, B-cycle is a bike-share program where users can rent bikes from various kiosks around Greenville on a daily, weekly, or yearly basis.  Currently there are 28 bikes at 6 locations in Greenville, and there are plans to expand to 50 bikes at 10 stations in the next few years.  "Greenville B-cycle is an innovative transportation program that offers affordable access to bicycles for short-distance trips," said Brad Wyche, executive director of Upstate Forever.  

 

For more information about Greenville B-cycle see http://greenville.bcycle.com/ 

 

 

UPSTATE INFORMATION HUB HIGHLIGHTS PROGRAMS, EVENTS & RESOURCES
The Upstate Information Hub continues to offer a "one-stop" internet 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: Spring and Summer Festivals in the Upstate, Money Smart Week in the Upstate, Summer Camps in the Upstate, and Little River Roasting Company. 

Mobile users can also check out the Information Hub by downloading the new mobile app.

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

TEN AT THE TOP THANKS FUNDING PARTNERS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT         

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 Annul Funding Partners: 

 

Regional Sponsor: Brown Mackie College, Hughes Agency, LLC., Hughes Investments, Oconee County, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., Spartanburg Water, TD Bank

 

Regional Advocate: Bank of America, City of Mauldin, Fluor Enterprises, Inc., GSP Airport, Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University

 

Regional Patron: City of Anderson, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Countybank, Daniel-Mickel Foundation, Gallivan White & Boyd, PA, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, John Miller, Regions Bank, Spartanburg Area Transportation Study, The Spartanburg County Foundation, Self Family Foundation, SYNNEX Corporation, Upstate Workforce Investment Board

 

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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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