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December 1, 2014 - Vol 5, Issue 12
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RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR ELEVATE UPSTATE COMMUNITY VIBRANCY GRANTS
Phil Hughes and Terence Roberts congratulate recipients of the 2014 Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants.

Ten at the Top recently announced the 2014 recipients for the Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants. 

 

There were five finalists chosen from a total of 22 applications that were submitted for the two grants available in 2014. Hughes Investments is contributing $10,000 per year to the program with two recipients each year receiving $5,000 to support a new vibrancy initiative in the Upstate.

 

During the Our Upstate Vision/Ten at the Top Forum on November 13th the five finalists provided a brief overview of their initiative. After all presentations were given, Phil Hughes, President of Hughes Investments and a member of the Ten at the Top Community Vibrancy Task Force, announced the two recipients of the grants.

 

The recipients are:

Let's Keep Travelers Rest Beautiful - Before I Die Wall - The 'Before I Die' wall concept has been implemented all over the world to encourage healthy discussions regarding dreams and hopes. Travelers Rest will construct several different walls to spark discussion and actions across the community.

 

Main Street Laurens - Finally Friday on the Square - Finally Friday on the Square will be a monthly celebration of all things Laurens with live music hosted in the historic downtown.

 

"I was absolutely amazed by the number of great ideas submitted for the program. It was a real challenge to narrow the field from 22 applications to five finalists, to two winners", said Hughes. "While we cannot fund all of the finalists, I would like to provide $1,000 to the other three projects in the hopes that this will allow your projects to come to fruition."

 

The other three finalists that will each receive $1,000 towards their project are:

City of Gaffney - Unforgettable Gaffney - The Unforgettable Gaffney project will create a coherent and engaging system for communicating the esthetic and historic value of properties in two historic districts in the city.

 

City of Clinton - Rhythm of the Rails - Rhythm of the Rails will be an annual celebration to be held the last Saturday of April as a finale of the Celebrate Clinton Month.

 

Pickens Revitalization Association - Pickens Main Street Challenge - The Pickens Main Street Challenge is designed to attract new businesses into downtown Pickens by providing reduced rent in currently vacant storefronts.

 

"The Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants are a great opportunity to provide seed funds to help communities increase the vibrancy and sense of place within their community," said Ten at the Top Executive Director Dean Hybl. "Phil Hughes has been a great champion of the community vibrancy task force since the beginning and the idea for the grant program was his.

 

"Last year he surprised everyone by presenting a third grant and this year he decided to give all of the other finalists $1,000 to help get their projects started. It just illustrates how committed he is to helping our local communities grow their vibrancy and sense of place"

 

Applications for the 2015 Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants will be available June 1st with the application deadline of September 15th.  

  

Check out the new Elevate Upstate Grant Video

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA SECRETARY OF COMMERCE BOBBY HITT RECEIVES THE WELLING AWARD FOR REGIONAL COLLABORATION
Irv Welling, Bobby Hitt, Carol Burdette
South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt has been recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Welling Award for Collaboration, which is presented by Ten at the Top (TATT) in honor of the organization's founding chairman Irv Welling.

 

Welling presented the award to Mr. Hitt at the Our Upstate Vision/Ten at the Top Regional Forum on November 13th.

 

"We are having economic success in South Carolina because we are working collaboratively at the local, regional and state level," Hitt said. "It just makes sense that when we are all working towards the same goal we can achieve success."

 

The Welling Award is given to recognize individuals, businesses, or organizations whose actions have demonstrated a sustained commitment and effort to developing and fostering regional collaboration(s) that work strategically to make the Upstate one of the best places to live, learn, do business and raise a family.

 

"Bobby Hitt was promoting collaboration in South Carolina before it became popular," Welling said. "Whether during his BMW days or now, he has always been seen the value of working collaboratively and done everything he can to make it happen."

 

Ten at the Top is a regional collaboration organization focused on promoting collaboration, partnerships and strategic planning across the Upstate on issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life in the ten-county region. Welling served as chairman of Ten at the Top from its founding in 2005 through 2011.

 

TEN AT THE TOP RECOGNIZES MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES IN THE UPSTATE
Companies and organizations celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2014 were recognized during the TATT Forum.
For the final forum of 2014, Ten at the Top recognized organizations and companies across the Upstate that celebrated milestone anniversaries of 20 years or more.

More than 70 organizations, business and churches from across the 10 county region celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2014 and were recognized at the final forum of 2014.

For a complete list of companies, click here.

JOIN A TEN AT THE TOP TASK FORCE
Dates have been set for the first Ten at the Top Task Force Meetings of 2015 (please see the dates and registration information in the newsletter sidebar).

If you are not already involved with a Ten at the Top Task Force or Committee, but would be interested in getting engaged, please contact Tiffany Tate, Program Manager, at ttate@tenatthetop.org or 864-283-2313.

 

SUPPORT TEN AT THE TOP WITH A YEAR END CONTRIBUTION
Over the last five years, more than 100 businesses, organizations and individuals from across the Upstate have provided funding to support Ten at the Top's mission of enhancing economic vitality and quality of life across the Upstate by fostering collaboration, strategic planning and the development of partnerships. The full list of 2014 supporters is below.

As a small non-profit, this support is crucial to the sustainability of the organization and mission.

As we near the end of 2014, we hope you will consider becoming a funding partner of Ten at the Top. Contributions of any amount are appreciated and will be used to support TATT's continued efforts to convene meetings, forums, workshops and other activities that foster collaboration and build relationships across the Upstate while working to address systemic issues that impact the current and future economic vitality and quality of life across the Upstate.

All TATT funding partners are invited to the annual TATT funding partner and board reception in January and are recognized at events and in publications throughout the year.

Through our 501.c.3 entity (Our Upstate-SC) all contributions are tax deductible.

You can contribute either online by clicking this secure link or by downloading and returning a copy of our pledge form.

If you would like to discuss funding or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dean Hybl at dhybl@tenatthetop.org or 864-283-2315.

THANK YOU TEN AT THE TOP FUNDING PARTNERS!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Ten at the Top, we would like to thank all the businesses, organizations and individuals that have supported the mission of TATT during 2014.
 
Below is a full list of funding partners and sponsors:

Regional Visionary: BlueCross BlueShield SC

  

Regional Stewards: GSA Business, Greenville News, Upstate Business Journal, WSPA-TV 

  

Regional Benefactor: Greenville Health System

  

Regional Partners: AnMed Health, Business BlackBox, The Daniel Mickel Foundation, Fluor, Fairway Outdoors, Greenville Business Magazine 

  

Regional Sponsors: Baptist Easley Hospital,Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, BMW Manufacturing, Brown Mackie College, Clemson University, Elliott Davis, Greenville Water, Hughes Investments, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Erwin Maddrey, Oconee County, Pacolet Milliken, Palmetto Technology Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, PMPA, Sealevel Systems, Spartanburg Water, TD Bank, Trehel Corporation

 

Regional Advocates: Barnet Development Corporation, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc, Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc., Craig Brown, CBRE, Community Works Carolina, City of Greer,    GSP International Airport, Hughes Agency, City of Mauldin, The Palmetto Bank, Regions Bank, Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson, ScanSource, Self Regional Healthcare, SYNNEX Corporation, Irv Welling

 

Regional Patrons: Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Anderson, Canal Insurance, Carol Burdette, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Coldwell Banker Caine, Community Foundation of Greenville, Countybank, Easley Chamber of Commerce, Furman University, Gallivan, White, & Boyd, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Technical College, Johnson Development Associates, KPMG, LLP, Laurens Electric Cooperative, Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Nate Lipscomb, Marchant Company Inc., McMillan Pazdan Smith, John Miller, Professional Mortgage Company, Minor Shaw, Self Family Foundation, Spartanburg County Foundation, Seamon Whiteside & Associates, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College, Union County Chamber of Commerce, Upstate WIB, USC Upstate, Brad Wyche  

 

Contributing Gifts: Ann & Ingo Angermeier, Paul C. Aughtry III, Paul Corbeil, Rick Danner, Sam Erwin, Mike Forrester, Hank McCullough, Barry Nocks, Terence Roberts    

 

 

THANK YOU ALL! 

 

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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: Unicomm Helps Upstate Businesses Market to Hispanics, Bikes That Make The World Spin 'Round, Seneca: Blazing a Trail With Electric Buses, and the Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest.

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

IN THEIR WORDS:
CAROL BURDETTE DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF REGIONAL COLLABORATION 
 
This month marks the beginning of a new e-newsletter feature called "In Their Words" where leaders from across the Upstate will share their thoughts on the current and future status of the Upstate and why it is important to work collaboratively to address issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life.

Our first video clip features current Ten at the Top Chairperson Carol Burdette. Currently the Chief Professional Officer for the United Way of Anderson County, Burdette is also the former mayor of the Town of Pendleton.

You can view all the "In Their Words" videos along with videos from TATT Forums and other features on the TATT YouTube Channel.
IS YOUR COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION CELEBRATING A MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY IN 2015?
IF SO, PLEASE LET US KNOW  
 
Each year at the final Ten at the Top Forum we recognize companies, organizations or initiatives celebrating milestone (years ending in a 0 or 5) anniversaries of 20 or more years.

Beginning in 2015 we want to keep the celebration going all year.

We will be featuring a company, organization or intitative each month in the Ten at the Top e-newsletter. Then at the final regional forum of the year we will recognize all companies celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2015 (those highlighted in the e-newsletters plus others from across the Upstate).

If your company of organization is celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2015, please contact Dean Hybl to be added to our list.
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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 Dean Hybl