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October 7, 2013 - Vol 4, Issue 10
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
October 22nd
Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee Meeting
2:00-4:00 p.m.
TATT/Upstate Alliance Office
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202
Greenville, SC
Register Here

October 31st
TATT Executive Committee Meeting
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Trehel Corporation
408 East North Street
Greenville, SC

November 19th

Our Upstate Vision Forum
3:00-5:00 pm
(Reception to follow)
Embassy Suites

670 Verdae Blvd. Greenville, SC

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November 21st

TATT Board of Directors Meeting

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Red Cross of the Upstate

940 Grove Road

Greenville, SC 

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REGISTER FOR THE FINAL TATT/OUR UPSTATE VISION FORUM OF 2013

Be sure and register today for the  fourth and final TATT/Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2013, which will be held on Tuesday, November 19th from 3-5 pm (reception to follow) at the Embassy Suites in Greenville. The forum will focus on celebrating some of the successes and great things happening across the Upstate. 

 

While it is critical to look at areas where we must continue to work to make the Upstate an even better place for generations to come, it is also important that we take opportunities to recognize and understand some of the great things from our past and that are happening today in our region.

 

The November 19th forum will highlight some of the people, organizations and businesses that are making the Upstate a great place to live, learn, do business and raise a family.

 

The featured speaker will be former South Carolina Speaker of the House and U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins. He is currently the Chairman of the Board at Clemson University and will be speaking about the important role that Clemson is playing in growing the economic vitality and quality of life in the Upstate.


The forum will also include recognition of companies and organizations celebrating milestone anniversaries (20 years or more) in 2013.
If you know of a company or organization celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2013, please contact Meredyth Boaz (mboaz@tenatthetop.org) to make sure they are part of the celebration.

The November 19th forum is free and open to the public, but we ask that you register in advance. The registration deadline is November 17th.


TATT PASSES 300 REGIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

null In September, Ten at the Top conducted the 300th regional engagement (presentations, forums, meetings, surveys) since the organization began its current phase in January 2010. The activities have included more than 18,500 participants from across the Upstate region.

 

Ranging from issue-based task force meetings to presentations for community organizations or gatherings of hundreds of elected officials, community & business leaders and Upstate residents discussing key issues around the economic vitality or quality of life in the Upstate, each session has helped grow the spirit of collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate region.

 

The issues on which TATT has convened regional meetings and encouraged collaboration focus around the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision (which TATT developed through feedback from more than 10,000 Upstate residents). The specific topics on which TATT has convened meetings and forums include the value of education, developing entrepreneurial friendly communities, senior issues, air quality attainment, water planning, transportation & infrastructure, workforce & skill development, community vibrancy and preventive health care.


Ten at the Top was originally formed under the name Upstate Together in 2005 as an ad hoc regional committee with the goal of encouraging regional discussions on cross-jurisdictional issues. In 2009, the group hosted the Upstate Reality Check event that brought together more than 400 leaders from across the region. It was at that point that the name of the organization was changed to Ten at the Top and it was incorporated as a non-profit.

 

The current work plan of community activities, meetings, forums and presentations began in 2010 following the hiring of Dean Hybl as executive director. Irv Welling served as the chair of Ten at the Top through 2011 when he was succeeded by Neal Workman. The board of directors includes more than 60 leaders from across the ten counties of the Upstate region.

  

UPSTATE PROFESSIONAL PLANNERS CONTINUE REGIONAL DISCUSSIONS

The Upstate Professional Planners group met three times in 2013, bringing together planners, city and county officials, representatives from community organizations, and leaders in the private sector from across the Upstate's ten counties.

 

Meeting at ReWa's Greenville office in February, 60 attendees discussed the connections between planning and economic development, addressing the topic at the regional, county, and city levels.  

 

In June, over 40 attendees met at Greer's City Hall to explore the RFI (Request for Information) process and how planners and economic developers can assist each other within it.  

 

The group closed the year with a meeting at Spartanburg Community College's Tyger River campus, where 40 attendees learned about the Better Block initiative and form-based codes.  

 

Watch this space for 2014's meeting dates and topics.

 

30 COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS APPLY FOR THE INITIAL ELEVATE UPSTATE GRANTS

Ten at the Top received 30 applications for the first ever ELEVATE UPSTATE (EU) Grants, which is a new program created through the support of Hughes Investments to provide seed money to help kickoff new initiatives to grow vibrancy within communities across the Upstate. The 30 applications cover all ten counties in the Upstate. Each of the applications will be reviewed and then narrowed down to a set of finalists.

The two recipients of the first ELEVATE UPSTATE (EU) Grants will be announced at Ten at the Top's final forum of 2013 on November 19th.

UPSTATE LEADERS LEARN ABOUT TOOLS
 FOR CREATING ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY VIBRANCY

On Thursday, October 3rd, over 80 elected officials and business leaders representing the ten counties in the Upstate gathered to discuss efforts at regional collaboration and community vibrancy. The topic for the program was Tools for Growing Community and Economic Vibrancy. 

Presentations by Chip Bentley from the Appalachian Council of Governments and Tripp Muldrow from Arnett Muldrow & Associates outlined some of the steps local communities can take to enhance their local vibrancy while also growing local economic vitality.

The Upstate Elected Officials Meetings were started in 2010 through a partnership of seven regional organizations: the Appalachian Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Ten at the Top, Upstate Chamber Coalition, Upstate Forever and the Upstate SC Alliance.

The next Upstate Elected Officials Meeting is scheduled for January 9, 2014 with the topic to be the 2014 legislative preview.

SOUTH CAROLINA HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS:
THE STATE OF THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA

SC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce The South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event to discuss the state of the Hispanic Community in South Carolina on October 25th at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.

There will be an engaging panel discussion about how the Hispanic community in South Carolina is moving forward on issues including health, business, community development, leadership and civic engagement. Lunch will be provided. Register here today!

4TH ANNUAL BUSINESS & INDUSTRY SHOWCASE PROVIDES
STUDENTS ACCESS TO UPSTATE INDUSTRY
On October 2-3, 2013, the 4th Annual Business & Industry Showcase brought industry from 16 career clusters to the Littlejohn Coliseum on the Clemson University Campus. More than 5,000 students from school districts in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties had the exciting opportunity to sample a wide variety of career choices that are available right here in the Upstate.

The Showcase provides Upstate Industry a forum to reach out to the up and coming workforce, while simultaneously presenting a small taste of the amazing things our local industries/businesses are accomplishing.

 

Since the inception of the Showcase, the goal of the event continues to be simple - to help young people understand the decisions that they need to make now in order to thrive in their future careers. In 2012, more than 5,500 eighth and ninth graders from Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties were exposed to the 52 organizations representing both large and small firms, while visiting the Showcase at Littlejohn Coliseum.  

 

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: GSP Set to Soar with Wingspan, Upstate Filled with Fall Festival Fun, Get a Lesson on Revolutionary War History, and Great Fall Hikes in the Upstate.

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 COMMUNITY VIBRANCY AND FORUM SPONSORS 

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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 top level sponsors:

 

Continuing Partners:

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.