Ten at the Top
Upstate News

November 4, 2013 - Vol 4, Issue 11
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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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 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.


In 2011, the TATT Economic and Entrepreneurial Vitality Subcommittee set out to identify ways that would eliminate barriers to starting a business in the Upstate.  It was determined that many of our communities most in need of entrepreneurship are also the ones least prepared for it.  When an entrepreneur walks through the door of a City Hall or Chamber of Commerce with an idea for a new business, what are they told?  Are they being directed to the right resources and contacts?  Are there programs they can utilize to help with business planning and business finance?  Are the local permitting and business licensing procedures efficient and clearly communicated?  


From these Committee discussions, an idea formed to develop a program that would help Upstate communities strategically plan for entrepreneurship: "the Entrepreneur Friendly Toolkit".  The SC Appalachian Council of Governments (SCACOG), a regional service agency for local governments, successfully applied for a federal planning grant to develop the program.  The Toolkit will take participating communities through eight steps to help them get their proverbial ducks in a row for attracting and supporting local entrepreneurs.  SCACOG is working with two pilot communities to help develop the Toolkit over the next year: the City of Pickens and Oconee County.  One interesting facet of the Toolkit is that it is being developed as an on-line, interactive program for Upstate communities - complete with a private log in process and automatic tools for printing customized reports and business start-up guides which contain local information.  The ultimate outcome of the Entrepreneur Friendly Toolkit will be a dynamic resource to assist Upstate communities who wish to become more supportive of entrepreneurship and small business.


On October 15th the seven United Ways that serve the Upstate announced a regional collaboration effort around 'Born Learning'. Born Learning Upstate SC is a public engagement campaign that hopes to help parents, caregivers and communities provide children with everyday learning opportunities. The campaign is built around research that shows children are "born learning".

The Born Learning campaign launched a new Web site, BornLearningUpstateSC.org, which offers a collection of resources, easy games to play at home or around town, as well as a list of United Way-supported early education programs in each of the 10 Upstate counties.


There are currently 15 Born Learning Trails across the region. Trail locations can be found on the Born Learning Web site, or by calling 2-1-1, United Way's 24-hour resource line.


The United Way collaborative is partnering with schools, libraries, child care programs, doctors' offices, health clinics, the faith community, neighborhood centers, and United Way-funded programs to increase access to Born Learning materials and promote usage of bornlearningupstatesc.org.


The campaign is only one part of the United Ways' overall work to help all children enter school prepared to learn. While individual United Ways have long invested resources in early education programs in their communities, Born Learning Upstate SC represents the first joint effort between the seven United Ways serving the Upstate region.



Ten at the Top has announced the finalists for the first-ever Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants.


The five finalists were chosen from a total of 30 applications submitted for the two grants available in 2013. Hughes Investments is contributing $10,000 per year over the next five years to the program with two recipients each year receiving $5,000 to support a new vibrancy initiative in the Upstate.


The program was announced earlier this year in conjunction with the Community Vibrancy Workshops conducted by Ten at the Top across the Upstate. The workshops showcased examples from across the state and nation of communities that have created innovative programs to enhance community and economic vibrancy.


During the Our Upstate Vision/Ten at the Top Forum on November 19th the five finalists will each provide a brief overview of their initiative before the two 2013 recipients are announced. The forum is free and open to the public and will be held from 3-5 pm at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.


Here are the five finalists:

City of Anderson - Transforming utility and traffic signalization boxes and crosswalks into public art based around the book "Little Wren Lost and the Teakettle Call."


Town of Calhoun Falls - Lighting project in the Blue Hole Recreational Area on Lake Russell.


Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism - Swamp Rabbit Trail Mural project.


City of Greer Parks and Recreation - Greer: An International Destination Festival would be a one-day event in Downtown Greer as part of Upstate International Month


Blue Ridge Arts Council - "3 Part Public Art" project includes murals, custom and hand built street furniture and interactive sculptures in downtown Seneca.


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: New Education Option Prepares Students for NEXT Phase in Life, Haunted Places in the Upstate, Area United Ways Partner to Bring 'Born Learning' Early Childhood Education Program to the Upstate, Inland Port in Greer Lays the Ground for Economic Expansion, Break a Leg! Local Theatres Offer Unique Experience for Audience and Actors

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.

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.