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September 2, 2014 - Vol 5, Issue 9
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Upstate Regional Summit

September 16th

8:30AM-1:30PM

TD Convention Center

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Human Potential   

Task Force Meeting
September 30th

10:00AM - 12:00PM
TATT Office
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Sustainable Growth  

Task Force Meeting
October 1st 

10:00AM - 12:00PM
TATT Office
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Economic & Entrepreneurial   

Task Force Meeting
October 7th 

10:00AM - 12:00PM
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Community Vibrancy   

Task Force Meeting
October 15th 

10:00AM - 12:00PM
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TIME IS RUNNING OUT AND SPACE IS LIMITED;
GET YOUR TICKET TODAY FOR THE 2014 UPSTATE REGIONAL SUMMIT: "RECHECKING OUR REALITY"

Time is running out to register and space is limited 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

 

Currently, nearly 800 people are registered to attend the Summit and we anticipate reaching capacity prior to the Summit. Don't be left out, be sure and register today.

 

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Check out the Summit Agenda

  

PANELISTS CONFIRMED FOR UPSTATE SUMMIT
Moderators and panelists have been confirmed for the break-out sessions for the September 16th Summit. Check out the listing below for a complete overview.

Don't forget to get your tickets today!

 

Breakout Session: Community Vibrancy

  • The Honorable Knox White - Mayor, City of Greenville
  • Suzette Cross - Executive Director, Blue Ridge Arts Council
  • Abe Goldberg - Professor, USC Upstate (Dr. Goldberg will be serving as the Moderator.)

Breakout Session: Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality

  • John Warner - President, Innoventure
  • A. J. Kramer - Commercial Relationship Manager, TD Bank
  • Gustavo Nieves - Government Affairs Director, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Erin Ouzts - Director, Center for Innovation and Business Engagement, USC Upstate
  • Jim Price - Member, Nexsen Pruet (Mr. Price will serve as the Moderator.)

Breakout Session: Human Potential

  • Stan Means - President, Elder Source Senior Ministries
  • Peggy Baxter - Community Advocate
  • Zach Eikenberry - Chairman, NEXT High School
  • Burke Royster - Superintendent, Greenville County Schools
  • Paul Corbeil - Vice Chairman, Oconee County Council (Mr. Corbeil will serve as Co-Moderator.)
  • Karen Burgess - President, Brown Mackie College (Ms. Burgess will serve as Co-Moderator.)

Breakout Session: Sustainable Growth

  • Fred Cartwright - Executive Director, CU-ICAR
  • Stephanie Tillerson - City Administrator, City of Woodruff
  • Scott Park - Principal Planner, Greenville County Department of Planning and Code Compliance
  • Barry Nocks - Professor, Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning, Clemson University (Dr. Nocks will serve as the Moderator.)

Breakout Session: Natural Beauty & Resources

  • David Bereskin - Executive Director, Greenville Water
  • Phil Hughes - President, Hughes Investments
  • Kevin Laird - Engineer, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood
  • Ed Bruce - Lead Engineer, Duke Energy
  • Brad Wyche - Executive Director, Upstate Forever
  • Dyke Spencer - Executive Director, Powdersville Water (Mr. Spencer will serve as the Moderator.)

Additional speakers and panelists will be confirmed before the September 16th Summit.

 

STAKEHOLDERS: INPUT REQUEST FROM SCDOT

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public  on the Draft 2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP) and the Draft Statewide Strategic Safety Plan.

 

In this regard, we are providing this information to you for your review and  consideration. A Press Release announcing that public commentis being sought, the Multimodal Plan's Update Process and links to the drafts  for the 2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP) and the Statewide Strategic Safety Plan are available for public review and comment untilSeptember 25, 2014online here  

To ensure greater awareness of the request for public comment, please forward this email to your members, constituents, affiliates,  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.

 
ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR STATES CHILDREN
This op-ed by Laurie Rovin, Executive Director of Pendleton Place for Children and Families, appeared in the August 17th edition of The Greenville News.

Treating the needs of abused and neglected children is a necessity in South Carolina. Our state
remains 45th in the nation in child well- being (2014 KidsCount), and problems within the South
Carolina Department of Social Services existed long before Lillian Koller's appointment and resignation as state director.

DSS reported 3,393 children in foster care on Jan. 17 (Client Affairs Peer Support Services). This is a daunting number because caseworkers are overloaded and children are still suffering in a damaged system. Hiring an additional 200 caseworkers is a start, but this is only part of the solution toward addressing deep issues.

 To continue reading, click here.

SENECA CATS ON THE LOOSE
The Seneca Cats are on the loose! All twelve cats have officially been released throughout Seneca. To find them all, check out the Blue Ridge Arts Council Facebook page.

Share the photos of the cat's that you find. There are 12, can you find them all?

CELEBRATING AN ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR?
Has your company or organization celebrated a milestone (20+ years) anniversary this year? If so, we would like to celebrate you!

At the final Ten at the Top Forum for 2014, we will be recognizing and celebrating companies and organizations throughout the Upstate that have celebrated milestone anniversary's! Please send your company name, contact, the business location(s) and what milestone anniversary you are celebrating to Meredyth Boaz .

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: 20 Years of BMW in the Upstate, Upstate Vineyard Offers Taste of European Countryside, Anderson Business Incubator Helps Businesses e-Merge into Competitive Markets, Community Colleges: Connecting Workers to Local Industry

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

TEN AT THE TOP THANKS CONTINUING FUNDING PARTNERS  

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.

Send information about an upcoming event, special recognition or anything else you think is of regional interest to Meredyth Boaz.