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June 4, 2013 - Vol 4, Issue 6
June 6th
Our Upstate Vision Forum - Natural Resources
3:00-5:00 p.m. with reception to follow
5 Research Way Greenville, SC 29607


June 13
Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee Meeting
Upstate Alliance/Ten at the Top Office 124 Verdae Boulevard Suite 202 Greenville, SC 29607
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June 20
Upstate Professional
Planners Meeting

9:30 - 11:30am - City of Greer City Hall
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June 25
Workforce & Skill Development Stakeholders Meeting
3:00-5:00pm - University Center 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive Greenville, SC 29607
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Register today for the Ten at the Top/Our Upstate-SC Vision Regional Forum on Thursday, June 6th from 3-5 pm (reception to follow) in the AT&T Auditorium at CU-ICAR.


As we continue the focus on DESTINATION 2030: Thinking BIG and BOLD about the Future of the Upstate, we will explore the relationship between natural resources and the Upstate Economy.


Speakers will include Deepal Eliatamby, President of Alliance Consulting Engineers, to look at the direct connection between the economy and our natural resources, as well as Myra Reece from SC DHEC, David Bereskin from Greenville Water and Dr. Barry Nocks from Clemson University to look at the current and future status of our important resources of air, water and land.


There will also be a group discussion where the audience and subject experts will discuss some of the specific challenges and opportunities facing the Upstate as we look toward maintaining our natural resources both for their relationship to quality of life and to economic vitality.


The forum is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please RSVP by June 5th. 



Ten at the Top (TATT), through a funding commitment from Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments Inc., has established the Hughes Investments Vibrancy Initiative: ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants (EU).


The purpose of the ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants is to identify and provide initial funding support for community based programs that promote community and economic vibrancy in local areas across the Upstate. The initiative will award two grants annually with each being for up to $5,000 (total of $10,000 per year for five years) from 2013-2017 to entities including neighborhood associations, civic or community based organizations, non-profit organizations or local governments that are committed to developing and implementing programs designed to increase local vibrancy in communities within the Upstate. The TATT Community Vibrancy Task Force will provide some guidance through the project implementation process if it is needed.


Applicants must be located in and do their work within communities in one of the ten Upstate counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Gaffney, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, or Union. Successful proposals for projects funded by EU should be able to clearly demonstrate how the implementation of the initiative that they propose will benefit and provide vibrancy in the local community. These proposals may seek to produce a physical result, such as a mural, sculpture or signage that will increase the vibrancy and sense of place within a community, or implement the first of a reoccurring or annual event or program that helps grow vibrancy within a community. Examples of projects that have provided vibrancy within communities across South Carolina and the United States are being highlighted as part of the Community Vibrancy Workshops and a list of nearly 50 vibrancy projects is available on the TATT web site (www.tenatthetop.org).


The application for the first ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants is available on the TATT web site or click here to download the PDF here. The first grants will be announced at the final TATT Forum of 2013. The judges will include: Phil Hughes, President of Hughes Investments, Inc., Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Fleming, President of Converse College,  and Terence Roberts, Mayor of the City of Anderson.



The Duke Energy Foundation presented the Upstate Air Quality Clean Air Upstate Advisory Committee, which is coordinated by Ten at the Top, with a $75,000 grant to support the Clean Air Upstate outreach, education and action strategy in the region.


The grant will be split into two components with a portion used to expand current no-idling programs in the region and the remainder used to develop a public outreach and education initiative. Specifics on each program are highlighted below.


South Carolina's Upstate currently meets EPA's minimum ozone attainment levels, but EPA is expected to announce tighter standards later this year (for implementation in 2014) that could potentially put most of the Upstate, as well as Columbia and Charleston, out of attainment and result in tighter regulations on industries looking to locate or grow in the Upstate while also limiting how highway funds are spent and potentially requiring vehicle inspections and other emission reducing measures.


The voluntary actions identified by the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee in the Clean Air Upstate program serve as a proactive regional approach to try and reduce emission levels before the region is potentially impacted by additional EPA regulations. For more information, check out the Clean Air Upstate website



On May 22-23, Ten at the Top hosted a series of Community Vibrancy Workshops in locations across the Upstate.

Each workshop was interactive and provided great opportunities to engage with others who have dealt with similar challenges and opportunities when working to increase vibrancy in their communities.

We explored ideas that have helped increase community vibrancy around neighborhoods, downtown's, parks & recreation, events & programs and arts & culture.


Throughout the two days more than 250 people attended the workshops over four different locations: Spartanburg, Greenwood, Clemson and Greenville. The speakers traveled from across the state and nation, reaching from California to Texas to right here in the Upstate.


During each workshop, ten speakers each gave a short five minute presentation about their project and how it has helped their local community. Afterwards, the attendees were able to meet and discuss one on one with the presenters in breakout sessions. Visit the Community Vibrancy page   for more information about these workshops. 



Earlier this month, United Way Association of South Carolina's Commission for National and Community Service honored Dixie Williford of Anderson, SC as the 2013 South Carolina AmeriCorps Member of the Year.  


Dixie Williford is an AmeriCorps Member with the United Way of Anderson County AmeriCorps Program. Dixie currently serves at Mt. Lebanon Elementary School in Anderson. She oversees students that provide afterschool tutoring and mentoring.   


Governor Nikki Haley honored Dixie Williford at the State House on May 16, 2013 during the South Carolina Governor's Awards for Volunteerism ceremony.



Upstate Forever and the town of Duncan, in concert with other primary sponsors including the Mary Black Upstate Forever Foundation, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Middle Tyger Area Council, Startex, Jackson, Wellford, Duncan Water District (SJWD) and Sweetwater Concepts will stage a temporary build-out of planned park amenities and streetscape improvements for one block of downtown Duncan. Better Block Duncan is a demonstration project to showcase key elements of a great walkable, vibrant downtown.

A pop-up park and marketplace, staged with trees, shrubs, potted plants, benches and other park amenities will emerge from an asphalt parking lot in front of Duncan's Town Hall. BBQ, bicycling, music and art plus checkers, corn hole and yoga, and plants and flowers will be featured in the park and downtown area. Participating partners include Sims BBQ, Luscious Lemon, Cracker Barrel, Carolina Foothills Artisan Center, Partners For Active Living (hosting Hub City Farmer's Market Mobile Market and Hub Cycle bicycle lending program), Carolyn's Florals and Baskets, Spartanburg County Parks, Middle Tyger YMCA, Soul Flow Yoga, Spartanburg Men's Garden Club, Spartanburg Community College (Horticulture Dept.), Spartanburg County District Five Schools, BB &T and Olive Tree Restaurant. Spartanburg County Parks Dept. will host a bicycling education station in the BB & T parking lot and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bicycle) community rides n the afternoon. Musical entertainment will feature solo vocalist Fayssoux McLean with guitar, The Local Regiment Community Band, and others to be announced.

Better Block Duncan will support downtown as a center of business and activity and as a destination for residents and visitors in the area on June 15. Shipwreck Cove Water Park is within a 5 minute walk of Town Hall and the Palmetto State 7 on 7 Showdown football tournament will be underway at Beech Springs Intermediate School just 1.5 miles from downtown Duncan. Free shuttle service between these destinations will be available to the public during Better Block Duncan. Learn more about the national Better Block program.



A ten-day, two-weekend festival of 22 FREE shows and other events performed by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. Non-stop live history and fun for the whole family.

Each night features a different outdoor show and more indoors during the day. Come for a day, a weekend, or stay for a week. You can catch all characters on either weekend or spread it out. There are two one-time only special events - June 16: a benefit luncheon with Davy Crockett, Susan B. Anthony, Herman Melville and Malcolm X - and June 22: The Legends of Camelot.

Chautauqua 2013 gives voice to these "American Legends."
Davy Crockett - the backwoods frontiersman who almost became President
Susan B. Anthony - the disenfranchised spinster who challenged the law of the land
Herman Melville - the whale ship deckhand whose voyages became world classics
Malcolm X - the ghetto hustler turned human rights activist and martyr
And one night only in Falls Park - The Legends of Camelot
Hear them spin their own tales - telling their own truth, as they see it. Then you, the audience, get to separate "truth" from "fiction" by challenging them with questions. Hear their side of the story. 

Free Evening Shows in Greenville: (June 14-23)

Fri Jun 14 - (Davy Crockett)          Brandon Leonard, fiddler
Sat Jun 15 - (Susan B.Anthony)     Emily Lynch, singer songwriter
Sun Jun 16 - (Herman Melville)      Don Shabkie, Irish sea shanties
Fri Jun 21 - (Legends of Camelot)  G.L.O.W. songs from Camelot
Sat Jun 22 - (Malcolm X)               Moody Black - Spoken word Poetry
Sun Jun 23 - (Davy Crockett)         Brandon Leonard, fiddler    


Free Evening Shows in Spartanburg: (June 17-20)

Mon, Jun 17 - Davy Crockett  (with music by Brandon Turner and Fayysoux McLean)
Tue,  Jun 18 - Susan B. Anthony  (with music by Wendi Arms accompanied by Mildred Roche)
Wed, Jun 19 - Herman Melville (with music by Andela Easterling and Brandon Turner)
Thu,  Jun 20 - Malcolm X  (with spoken word poetry by Moody Black)  

For more Free events: www.greenvilleCHAUTAUQUA.org or (864) 244-1499


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: Upstate Forever LEED Building, Artisphere Attracts Local and National Artists, Greenwood Springs Into Action for the Festival of Flowers, Korean War Memorial and Upstate Farms Offer a Fresh Perspective.  

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 would like to thank all of our sponsors for the Community Vibrancy Workshops that were held across the Upstate Region on May 22nd and 23rd.  


Platinum Level: Greenwood Health System, JHM Hotels, The Self Family Foundation, Self Regional Healthcare, Pacolet Milliken 


Silver Level: County Bank, Elliot Davis of Greenwood, Partnership Alliance Greenwood, Trehel Corporation 


Gold Level: City of Greenville, Mary Black Foundation, Municipal Association of South Carolina, Upstate Forever  


Ten at the Top would also like to thank our sponsors for the Our Upstate Vision Forum focusing on Natural Resources and the Upstate Economy on June 6, 2013.


Presented By: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina 


Event Premier Sponsor: TD Bank 


Visionary Sponsor: Greenville Health System  


Supporting Sponsors: Brown Mackie College, Greenville Spartanburg Regional Airport, Rutland Institute for Ethics 


Interested in sponsoring a Ten at the Top event? Contact Meredyth Boaz or call 864-283-2317  


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