Ten at the Top
Upstate News

August 5, 2013 - Vol 4, Issue 8

August 6th 

Senior Issues Meeting 


Upstate Alliance/TATT Office
124 Verdae Blvd. Suite 202 Greenville, SC 29607
Register Here 


September 5th
Our Upstate Vision Forum - Transportation & Infrastructure
3:00-5:00 p.m.
(reception to follow)
4 Research Way Greenville, SC 29607
 Register Here

September 10th
Upstate Professional Planners Group
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Spartanburg C.C.
Tyger River Campus
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Transportation and infrastructure are major issues facing the Upstate South Carolina region as we look toward 2030 and how to maintain and grow our economic vitality and quality of life. 

The Our Upstate Vision Forum on September 5th will dive into these important issues as we discuss BIG and BOLD ideas that can help the Upstate (and all of South Carolina) overcome current challenges and ensure that we have the long-term infrastructure needed to remain globally competitive.

Presenters at the forum will be:
  • Max Metcalf, Manager of Government & Community Relations for BMW and Vice Chair of the SC Infrastructure Bank
  • Dave Edwards, President and CEO of GSP Airport
  • Brian White, SC House of Representatives Member and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman
  • Byron Miller, Vice President, Marketing and Sales Support for South Carolina Inland Port. 

 The forum will be held in the AT&T Auditorium at CU-ICAR from 3-5 pm with a reception to follow and is free and open to the public, but we ask that you register in advance. 





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) 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.


The application for the first ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants is available on the TATT web site  or click here to download the PDF. The application deadline is September 15th and 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.



 Ten at the Top is looking to fill the position of Program Manager.Ten at the Top Program Managers are TATT Logo responsible for coordinating, facilitating and implementing meetings,initiatives, activities and programs focused around the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision.

View the Job Description here!

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and supportive material by e-mail or standard mail to TATT Executive Director Dean Hybl. Application deadline is Friday, August 9th. 



Thanks to a new grant program being implemented as part of the Clean Air Upstate initiative, the number of Upstate schools planning to participate in the Breathe Better (B2) School Program during the 2013-2014 school year has grown rapidly throughout the summer.


This anti-idling/clean air program helps protect the health and safety of children by encouraging parents and other drivers to turn off their vehicles instead of idling during daily arrival and dismissal periods. Because they're still growing, children are particularly sensitive to the harmful, pollutive emissions from vehicles. The simple action of turning off your car's engine when not in motion safeguards the health of kids and parents while also conserving fuel and helping preserve the environment by reducing emissions- a win-win!


As part of the Clean Air Upstate Grant Program, which is coordinated by Ten at the Top and funded through grants from the Duke Energy Foundation and the Hollingsworth Funds, schools that participate in the B2 program submit data to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), which spearheads the program, at several points throughout the year. Once the first set of data has been reviewed and approved, the schools receive an unrestricted grant of $400 and will be eligible to participate in a Sustainable Grant initiative to be kicked off in early 2014 that will award $1,000 Sustainability Grants to five Upstate schools.


In 2012, 50 schools across South Carolina participated in the B2 program with 14 of those coming from within the Upstate. The goal of the Clean Air Upstate Grant Program is to increase the number of Upstate schools participating in the program to 40 by the end of 2014. So far, nine schools have been awarded B2 grants for successfully implementing the program and submitting their results to DHEC. In addition, 15 other Upstate schools have signed up to start the program and are in the process of submitting their data.


If you are interested in bringing the Breathe Better (B2) program to your school, please contact Kirbie Crowe at kcrowe@tenatthetop.org for more information and a program application. You can also learn more about the Clean Air Upstate initiative at www.cleanairupstate.org.




The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on seven (7) projects identified for the Fiscal Year 2013 Transportation Alternatives Program. In this regard, we are providing this information to you for your review and  consideration.


A copy of the press release highlighting the seven projects proposed to receive  FY 2013 Transportation Alternatives Program funding and project location maps are available for public review and comment until August 9, 2013 here.


To ensure greater awareness of the request for public comment, please forward this email to your  members, constituents, local Businesses, Community Leaders, Policy Committee members, Transportation Study groups, Technical Committee members, local governments, local Chambers of Commerce, staff, and other interested groups as you determine.


PLEASE NOTE: Information provided, including name and address, is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.



CommunityWorks is working to establish a new federal credit union which will GREATLY benefit the Upstate community. Unlike other banks and credit unions in the area, this credit union will be specifically geared towards community development and empowering low wealth families who cannot access traditional banks. We need your help to better understand what specific financial needs exist and how the credit union would best serve that community. Please take a few minutes to voluntarily complete this brief survey. You can receive $50 through our weekly drawings AND you could win an iPad mini through our big drawing at the end of October. If you have any questions regarding the survey or the new proposed federal credit union, we would love to hear from you @ 864-235-6331.



Complete this important survey by clicking here !  

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: Live Chickens and Fresh Flowers at the Anderson Jockey Lot, Fighting Hunger with Fresh Produce: The Generous Garden Project, BBQ Festivals Bring Sampling of Flavors, and Green and Healthy at Bon Secours St. Francis.

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).



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 Regional Sponsors:


Continuing Partners:


Regional Sponsors:

Barnet Development Corporation, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc., Craig Brown, City of Greer, ScanSource, The Furman Company, The Palmetto Bank, Welling Strategic, World Acceptance Corporation


Regional Patrons:
Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, BB&T, Broad River Electric Cooperative Inc., Carol Burdette, Coldwell Banker Caine, Community Foundation of Greenville, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Technical College, Hughes Commercial Properties, Hughes Investments, Johnson Development Associates, Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Marchant Company, Inc., Nate Lipscomb, McMillan Pazdan Smith, MGFA/Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., Rick Quinn, Minor Shaw, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tri-County Technical College, Union County Chamber of Commerce,

Annual Partners

Regional Sponsors:
Bank of America, Bradshaw Automotive Group, Brown Mackie College, City of Mauldin, Fluor Enterprises, GSP International Airport, Self Regional Healthcare,
Rutland Institute for Ethics Clemson

Regional Patrons:
City of Anderson, Briar Patch Fund, Brown Mackie College, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Countybank, Daniel Mickel Foundation, Elliott Davis, LLC Greenwood Office, Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A., Greenwood Regional Tourism & Visitors Board, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, Regions Bank, Laurens Electric Cooperative, Self Family Foundation, Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Area Transportation Study (SPATS), SYNNEX Corporation,
Upstate WIB

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


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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.