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January 5, 2015 - Vol 6, Issue 1
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

January 14, 2015
Natural Beauty & Resources Task Force Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ten at the Top Office
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202  Greenville, SC
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January 15, 2015
Community Vibrancy Task Force Meeting

 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Ten at the Top Office
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202  Greenville, SC
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January 27, 2015
Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ten at the Top Office
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202
Greenville, SC
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January 29, 2015
Sustainable Growth
Task Force Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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124 Verdae Boulevard Suite 202 | Greenville, SC
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February 10, 2015
Economic & Entrepreneurial Task Force Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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124 Verdae Boulevard Suite 202 | Greenville, SC
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February 18, 2015
Human Potential Task Force Meeting

1:00-3:00 p.m.
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124 Verdae Boulevard Suite 202 | Greenville, SC
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TEN AT THE TOP COMPLETES 2014 WITH 96 REGIONAL ENGAGEMENTS AND MORE THAN 4,000 PARTICIPANTS
With more than 800 Upstate leaders in attendance, the Upstate Regional Summit was the largest event hosted by TATT.

Ten at the Top (TATT), a non-profit organization created to foster collaboration and strategic planning in South Carolina's Upstate region, conducted 96 regional forums, meetings, presentations and programs in 2014 with more than 4,000 participants from across the Upstate region.

 

Since 2010, TATT has conducted 418 regional engagements with more than 23,000 total participants.

 

Highlighting 2014 was the Upstate Regional Summit: Rechecking Our Reality, the largest event ever hosted by TATT, which was held on September 16th and included more than 800 Upstate residents looking at where we have been, where we are and where we are going as a region related to key issues impacting current and future growth in the region, most especially as it relates to economic vitality and quality of life.

 

In addition, TATT hosted a pair of regional forums and partnered with other regional organizations to host two Upstate Elected Officials Meetings. These regular sessions provide an opportunity for city, county and state elected officials and business leaders to come together to discuss key regional issues.

 

During 2014, Ten at the Top also convened more than 50 committee and task force meetings where stakeholders from across the region came together to work on regional opportunities to address issues including workforce & skill development, transportation & infrastructure, senior needs, education, air quality, child well-being and community vibrancy.

 

"Ten at the Top has strived to elevate the conversation about how working collaboratively across the Upstate region isn't just a 'good idea', but is crucial if our local communities are all going to reach their full potential," said TATT Chairperson Carol Burdette. "With the successful Upstate Regional Summit as well as multiple initiatives bringing together key stakeholders, 2014 was another important year in growing collaboration across the Upstate."

 

The Upstate Professional Planners Group, which TATT started in 2012, partnered with the graduate program in City & Regional Planning at Clemson University to conduct the first-ever regional analysis of the comprehensive plans for each county in the region. The results will be used in 2015 to continue discussions on how we are growing as a region.

 

2015 REGIONAL EVENTS INCLUDE FORUM SERIES
AND NEW QUARTERLY UPSTATE BUS TOUR

In 2015 Ten at the Top will continue to focus on bringing together leaders and residents from across the Upstate to discuss key issues facing our region through both familiar and new regional outreach opportunities.

Since 2012 the Upstate Forum Series has provided a regional platform to discuss issues including education, transportation & infrastructure, natural resources, workforce, senior issues and many others.

The series will continue in 2015 with four regional forums each focused on a key issue facing the Upstate Region as we continue to grow. Below are the 2015 topics. Dates and locations for each forum will be announced in the coming months.

Forum 1 Topic: Is the Upstate Stuck With Traffic Congestion?

Forum 2 Topic: Innovation and the Changing Landscape of Healthcare

Forum 3 Topic: Building Economic & Community Vibrancy in Neighborhoods, Towns and Cities

Forum 4 Topic: Celebrating Our Successes: Great Things Happening in the Upstate


New in 2015, TATT will also be conducting quarterly bus tours to give leaders from across the region more opportunities to learn about their neighbors. Participants in the "Getting to Know the Upstate Bus Tours" will spend a day traveling to a county within the region and meeting with community, business and education leaders from that county while also touring key locations within that area.
The first Upstate Bus Tour will take participants to Greenwood, including the internationally recognized Greenwood Genetic Center.
In 2015 the bus tours will head to Greenwood, Union, Laurens and Oconee counties. More details and registration information for the Greenwood tour will be available within the next few weeks.
ASHLEY DOWNING JOINS TEN AT THE TOP AS COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Ashley Downing
Ten at the Top is pleased to welcome Upstate native Ashley Downing to the team as the new Communications Manager. She joined the staff on January 5th and replaces Meredyth Boaz, who departed in November to take a new position with the American Heart Association.

 

A graduate of Clemson University with a major in Communication Studies, Downing's previous employers include Ballentine Capital Advisors, Ryan Homes and Bi-Lo Charities.

 

Her duties with Ten at the Top will include management and promotion of all online services, including the weekly Uniquely Upstate e-newsletter, the monthly Ten at the Top e-news, the Upstate Information Hub and the Ten at the Top web site. She will also coordinate all Upstate Regional Forums and the quarterly Getting to Know the Upstate bus day-trips as well as other TATT regional events.  

 

In addition, she will serve as the TATT liaison with local media and community organizations.    

 

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.

 

DHEC TO PROVIDE UPDATE ON EPA AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS
Clean Air Upstate With the new EPA standards having been announced in late 2014, the Upstate may soon be facing more stringent standards for ozone emissions. On January 27th, representatives from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will be providing the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee with an overview of the new standards as well as the 2014 emission numbers for South Carolina.

Since starting the Clean Air Upstate campaign in 2012, the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee, which is comprised of stakeholders from across the 10-county region, has been working to educate Upstate residents, businesses, local governments and organizations on how to help reduce emissions across the region. In addition, the committee has focused on specific emission-reducing initiatives to help lower the emission levels in the region.

In addition to receiving a report from DHEC, the January 27th meeting will also include development of the committee areas of emphasis for 2015.

The January 27th meeting is open to anyone interested in air quality in the Upstate. It will be held at 10 am at the TATT/Upstate Alliance Offices. Click Here to Register.

TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE UPSTATE?
CHECK OUT THE UPSTATE INFORMATION HUB FOR
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: Downtown Anderson, the Cherokee County Know(2) Program, the Naturland Trust, and the Spartanburg Music Trail.

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

IN THEIR WORDS:
TOM O'HANLAN DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF REGIONAL COLLABORATION 
 
We recently asked leaders from across the Upstate region to 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.

The "In Their Words" feature for this month is Tom O'Hanlan, CEO of Sealevel Systems in Liberty. Tom has been a member of the Ten at the Top Board of Directors since 2011.

You can view all the "In Their Words" videos along with videos from TATT Forums and other features on the TATT YouTube Channel.
CELEBRATING SUCCESSES: MILESTONE SPOTLIGHT
PENDLETON PLACE   
 
Every year Ten at the Top recognizes companies, organizations and initiatives celebrating milestone anniversaries during the final regional forum of the year.

In 2015, instead of recognizing these milestones only in November, we are going to feature a company of organization each month in the TATT e-newsletter.

This month we are recognizing Pendleton Place for Children and Families, which is celebrating 40 years of service to the Upstate in 2015.

Since 1975, Pendleton Place has been a place of safety and comfort for children hurt by abuse and neglect. Much more than just a roof over their heads, Pendleton Place provides the structure, support and guidance children need to begin the healing process.

Pendleton Place is committed to innovative approaches that will establish a community where children are safe, families are strong and victims become whole again. They help children and families through a focus on residential care, supportive community services for young adults, safe family visitation, custody exchange, and comprehensive assessment for children and families in the foster care system.

IS YOUR COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION CELEBRATING A MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY IN 2015?
IF SO, PLEASE LET US KNOW  
 
Would you like to see your company or organization featured during the TATT e-newsletter Milestone Spotlight in 2015?

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. This year we will also be recognizing a milestone anniversary every month in the TATT e-newsletter.

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

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, Genesis Surgical Solutions, 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 & Julie 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, Henry Jolly    

 

 

THANK YOU ALL! 

 

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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 Ashley Downing.