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Upstate News

July 7, 2014 - Vol 5, Issue 7

Upstate Elected Officials Meeting
July 22nd - 3:30PM - 5:00PM
BMW Zentrum
1400 Hwy 101 S | Greer, SC
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Tickets are now on sale for the Ten at the Top Regional Summit "Re-Checking Our Reality", which will be held on Tuesday, September 16th, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the TD Convention Center. The Upstate Regional Summit will provide an opportunity for business and community leaders, as well as engaged citizens, to look at where we have been as a region, where we are today and where we need to make sure we are going in our continuing efforts to be universally recognized as a leading place in the United States to live, learn, do business and raise a family.   


Individual tickets are $40 and include a morning networking reception, summit materials and lunch. Non-profit organizations and government officials may register for $20 per person, thanks to a grant from The Daniel-Mickel Foundation. Please  click here for more information and to register


Those interested in reserving a table for ten (10) should call (864) 546-7482. For media credentials, please contact Jamie Prince at Flourish at (864) 248-0255 or via email at jamie@startflourishing.com.


Recognizing the fifth anniversary of the "Upstate Reality Check" event held in 2009, the Upstate Regional Summit will bring together an estimated 400-500 people to highlight what has been done to promote collaboration and enhance economic vitality and quality of life in the Upstate over the past five years, discuss key systemic issues facing the Upstate today and into the future, and generate constructive dialogue on how to continue building collaborative efforts that increase capacity and maximize resources.  


Summit Registration Link 


Summit Schedule, Keynote Speaker & General Information


Sponsorship Information 



The Blue Ridge Arts Council and the City of Seneca recently unveiled the Cats of Seneca as part of the 3 Part Arts Project that received a Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grant for 2013. The 12 cats were each painted by a local artist (including four by local students) and will be displayed at various locations throughout the downtown area of the city. This is one part of a three-part arts program that was funded by the grant. In addition, artistic benches depicting Seneca's railroad history have been created and a mural in the downtown area will be completed later this year.


The Seneca project was one of three programs across the Upstate that received a $5,000 Elevate Upstate Grant in 2013. The grants program was created by Phil Hughes and Ten at the Top to promote community vibrancy in local communities across the Upstate. The 2014 grant application is currently available and organizations wishing to apply are asked to submit a brief interest form by August 1st with the completed applications due by September 15th.


For more information about the Elevate Upstate Grants, click here.

Mark your calendars for the next Upstate Elected Officials meeting set for July 22nd at the BMW Zentrum. The Elected Officials Partners Logos meeting will be from 3:30pm-5:00pm with a reception to follow. These regular meetings of Upstate leaders are open to all elected officials in the region as well as community and business leaders.

The Upstate Elected Officials Meetings series began in 2010 and is a partnership of seven partner organizations: Appalachian Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Ten at the Top, Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Upstate Alliance, Upstate Chamber Coalition and Upstate Forever.

This Elected Officials meeting will focus on the topic of "Alternative Funding Sources for Cities and Counties" and feature speakers and panelists discussing funding options and potential sources of revenue at the city and county levels.

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Communities, neighborhoods or local organizations looking to enhance the vibrancy within the Upstate can now apply to receive seed money for their initiative through the 2014 ELEVATE UPSTATE Community Vibrancy Grant program. You can download the application here.

Applicants must be located in and do their work within communities in one of the ten Upstate counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, 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.

The ELEVATE UPSTATE Community Vibrancy Grant Program was started in 2013 by local developer Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments. In 2013 three grants were awarded for programs designed to increase local vibrancy and sense of place in Seneca, Anderson and Greer. For 2014 two grants, each for up to $5,000, will be awarded.

Ten at the Top requests that those who are planning on submitting applications confirm their commitment of interest by August 1, 2014. The final deadline for proposal submissions will be September 15, 2014. The recipients of the 2014 ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants will be announced at the 2014 final forum for Ten at the Top in November.

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: Summertime Hiking in the Upstate, Brewing Great Ideas Require the Right Ingredients, Zipping Through the Trees in Oconee County, and Community Works Credit Union: Financial Freedom for All.

If you have calendar events, resources or feature stories that you would like to see added to the Information Hub, please contact Meredyth Boaz


Over the last five years, more than 120 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 some of our Annual Funding Partners (2013 & 2014): 

Regional Partners: Business Black Box, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Greenville Business Magazine 


Regional Advocates: Brown Mackie College, City of Mauldin, GSP International Airport, Self Regional Healthcare, Rutland Institute for Ethics Clemson  


Regional Sponsors: Hughes Agency, Oconee County, Pacolet Milliken, Spartanburg Water, TD Bank Charter Business 


Regional Patrons: City of Anderson, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, Countybank, Elliot Davis LLC., Greenwood Office, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, John Miller, Seamon, Whiteside and Associates, Inc., Self Family Foundation, Spartanburg County Foundation, Upstate WIB 


Interested in becoming a Ten at the Top funding partner? Contact Meredyth Boaz or call 864-283-2317 


Click here to view 2014 Sponsor Opportunities 


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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.