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August 4, 2014 - Vol 5, Issue 8

Community Vibrancy  

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August 7th - 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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August 14th - 12:00 - 2:00 PM

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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 


Elected Officials and business leaders from across the Upstate met on Tuesday, July 22nd, at the BMW Zentrum to discuss alternative funding sources available to local communities.

Jeff Shacker, Field Services Manager for the Municipal Association of South Carolina outlined a number of funding sources available to local governments, including local sales tax options. Interestingly, six of the eight counties in South Carolina that currently do not utilize local sales tax options are located in the Upstate.

Clay Andrews, Director of Investor and Public Relations for the Upstate SC Alliance, moderated a panel that looked at other creative ways that local communities can generate funding to support various programs.

One such available resource is Community Works Carolina, which is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that has multiple programs to support small businesses and low wealth individuals in the Upstate.

In addition to Deborah McKetty from Community Works Carolina, the panel also included Ty Houck from Greenville Parks & Recreation and Joe Drennon representing the Anderson United Way.

These regular meetings of elected officials and business leaders from across the Upstate began in 2010 through a partnership of the Appalachian Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Ten at the Top, Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Upstate Chamber Coalition, Upstate Forever, and the Upstate SC Alliance. Over the last four years, elected and business leaders have met 10 times in this regional setting with each session focused on a different regional topic.



The Honorable Glenda E. Hood is a Founding Partner of trisect, LLC, a strategy consulting firm focused on civic innovation serving the business, government and independent sector.    


For the Upstate Regional Summit on September 16th, Glenda will provide insight into collaborative efforts currently being undertaken by other regions across the nation and globally and what the Upstate can do to ensure it remains competitive in the Global Economy while also continuing to enhance the quality of life for local residents.  


Glenda's career as a distinguished public citizen and servant, both nationally and within the State of Florida, exemplifies the principles of civic leadership for which she has long been an ardent champion. Prior to founding the firm, Glenda served as Florida's Secretary of State where she was instrumental in crafting the State's Strategic Plan for Economic Development; commissioning economic impact studies to assess Florida's programs in the arts, historic preservation and libraries; and developing the state's 10-year cultural strategic plan. Secretary Hood was widely credited for overseeing the seamless 2004 election cycle as well as for assisting counties in election preparation during hurricane recovery efforts.  


Before her role as Secretary, Glenda served three terms as the first woman (and youngest ever) elected Mayor of the City of Orlando, where she helped transform the city from a mere tourist locale into a vital economic nexus and a model of livability.  


A sought-after adviser for her ability to help bridge public and private sectors, Glenda has long been a leading figure in promoting civic growth and change for America's cities through community investment, arts and cultural collaborations, and internationalism. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Board of Trustees as well as active participant with their Advisory Services Program.


An experienced and insightful media guest, Glenda has appeared on national, state and local TV and radio, and been quoted as well as featured in print and online, discussing topics and legislation affecting cities, homeland security, economic and election issues.   


Glenda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, after studying in both Spain and Costa Rica. She has completed the Executive Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the Mayor's Urban Design Institute at the University of Virginia, and the Society of International Business Fellows Program. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Florida.



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.

Organizations interested in applying for the grant were asked to complete an initial interest form, which was due by August 1st, with the deadline for complete proposals being September 15, 2014. If your organization did not complete an interest form, but is still interested in applying for the grants, please contact Dean Hybl (dhybl@tenatthetop.org). 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:  The Big Screen Lights the Greenwood Sky, Southern History Lives in Abbeville Mansion, Crop Mobs: Sharing the Work and Reaping the Benefits, and Revolutionary History Comes Alive at these Upstate Battlefields.

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 Continuing Funding Partners (2013 & 2014):  


Regional Visionary: Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina


Regional Stewards: GSA Business, Greenville News


Regional Benefactor: Greenville Health System


Regional Partners: Anmed Health, Fluor


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.

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