Ten at the Top
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February 2, 2015 - Vol 6, Issue 2
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

February 10, 2015
Economic & Entrepreneurial Task Force Meeting

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Ten at the Top Office
124 Verdae Boulevard Suite 202
Greenville, SC
 Register Here

February 12, 2015
TATT Board of Directors Meeting
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Roger Milliken Center
920 Milliken Road
Spartanburg, SC

February 12, 2015
Upstate School Boards & Superintendents Meeting
2:00PM - 5:00PM
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC

February 25, 2015
2015 Upstate Professional Planners Meeting 
10:00AM - 12:00PM 
Mauldin Cultural Center 
101 East Butler Road
Mauldin, SC

March 12, 2015
Upstate Bus Tour: Greenwood
8:30AM - 4:30PM
Bus leaves from TATT Office
124 Verdae Boulevard
Greenville, SC
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March 20, 2015
Upstate Elected Officials Meeting
10:00AM - 12:00PM
BMW Zentrum
1400 Highway 101 South
Greer, SC
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AIR QUALITY IMPROVING IN THE UPSTATE;
CLEAN AIR UPSTATE PREPARING FOR MORE STRINGENT EPA REGULATIONS

Clean Air Upstate

The message from Brian Barnes of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to members of the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee during a recent briefing was that the work being done across the Upstate to make the air cleaner is having a great impact, but there is still more to be done.

 

Staying within the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Act attainment levels has long been a challenge for the Upstate region. The impacts on regions (including Charlotte and Atlanta) that are non-attainment areas have included additional costs for new industry, restrictions on how transportation funds can be spent and additional costs for residents due to vehicle inspections or other vehicle requirements.

 

In recent years several of the ozone monitors in the Upstate region have measured close to the current EPA standards of .075 particles per billion (based on three year averages). In 2012, the highest monitor in the region (located in Spartanburg County) read at .074 and the level was .072 in 2013.

 

In 2012 the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee, which is coordinated by Ten at the Top, started the Clean Air Upstate campaign to increase awareness of the importance of maintaining clean air in the region. The campaign has included a public service campaign in partnership with WSPA-TV, GSA Business, Bon Secours St. Francis and Duke Energy. It has also included an emission reduction component that has promoted no-idling initiatives as well as truck stop electrification.

 

According to Barnes, in 2014 the highest emitting monitor in the Upstate registered at .066. This is well within the current standards and illustrates a tremendous improvement in air quality in the region.

 

However, EPA is required every five years to re-evaluate the standards and in November 2014 announced a new proposed range for emission standards that could be as low as .060 ppb and will likely fall within .065 to .070.

 

So while Upstate residents are breathing significantly cleaner air than just three years ago, there is still a chance the region will face EPA restrictions once the final levels are announced in October 2015.

 

EPA is currently asking for public comments on the proposed standards and the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee is in the process of developing a group comment that will be provided to EPA before the March 17 deadline. In addition, the committee will continue the Clean Air Upstate campaign in 2015 again focusing on increasing awareness and identifying emission reduction projects.

 

Check out Clean Air Upstate for more details or to get involved. 

 

 

LIMITED SPACE, SAVE YOUR SPOT TODAY:
"THE UPSTATE BUS TOUR... GETTING TO KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS" 
GREENWOOD - MARCH 12, 2015
New for 2015, TATT is leading quarterly bus tours to give leaders from across the region more opportunities to learn about their neighbors. Participants of "The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Our Neighbors" 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 from the area.

In 2015 the bus tours will head to Greenwood, Union, Laurens, and Oconee counties.

The first Upstate Bus Tour will take participants to Greenwood on March 12, 2015! Greenwood is rich with history, economic growth, and a booming downtown. The day will also include briefings from a number of key local business, community and education leaders along with a tour of the internationally recognized Greenwood Genetic Center. 

 

This is an exclusive and rare opportunity to learn about Greenwood's economic development, enjoy a guided walk about downtown, and tour the Genetic Center. There are only 50 spots available, so be sure to secure your spot today. Cost for the day is $25, including transportation, program and lunch. 


Click HERE for more information and to register or contact Ashley Downing

 

ELECTED OFFICIALS MEETING MARCH 20TH TO FOCUS ON TRANSPORTATION
Since 2010 elected officials and business leaders from across the Upstate have gathered on a regular basis to discuss key issues facing the region. These sessions have been coordinated through a partnership of the Appalachian Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Upstate Chamber Coalition, Ten at the Top, Upstate Forever and the Upstate Alliance.

One of the most significant issues currently being discussed at all levels of government is transportation and infrastructure. Already this year, the Governor has announced her transportation plan and the South Carolina Legislature has discussed a number of plans to fix roads and bridges across the state.

The first Upstate Elected Officials Meeting for 2015 will focus on this crucial subject and how we can work collectively across the Upstate to ensure that local, regional and state concerns are addressed.

Elected and business leaders should mark the calendar for Friday, March 20th, from 10:00AM - 12:00PM (a light lunch will be available following the meeting) at the BMW Zentrum.  A complete agenda and registration information will be available in the coming weeks.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ANALYSIS PROVIDES LOOK INTO THE FUTURE

Comprehensive plans are land development policy statements for five to 20 year periods by local governments. Most jurisdictions in the Upstate have a comprehensive plan, which is required in South Carolina if a locality wishes to enact land regulation such as zoning.  

 

In partnership with the Clemson University Masters in City & Regional Planning program, TATT and the Upstate Professional Planners Group spent the 2014 Fall semester doing a regional analysis of local comprehensive plans to identify future growth hot spots, growth policies, key issues perceived to effect growth and change and the degree of current or potential coordination at the borders of various localities across the region.  

 

A draft of the analysis was presented to the TATT Sustainable Growth Task Force on January 29th. A more complete presentation will be made at the Upstate Professional Planners Meeting on February 25th. During this meeting, participants will discuss some of the key findings from the analysis while also identifying opportunities for how to work collaboratively to address some of the future growth areas identified in the analysis.

 

Anyone interested in viewing the Upstate Comprehensive Plan Analysis is welcome to attend the February 25th meeting, which will be held at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Click here for more details and to register.

 

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.

 

IN THEIR WORDS:
TERENCE ROBERTS 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 Terence Roberts, Mayor of the City of Anderson. Terence is a Founding Board Member of Ten at The Top and currently holds the position of Development Co-Chair on the Board of Directors.

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
BLUE RIDGE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE    
 
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 Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, which is celebrating 75 years of service in 2015.

Blue Ridge has played-and continues to play-its own part in the success of the Upstate region. In providing electricity to 64,000 members over 7,000 miles of power lines stretched across portions of five Upstate counties, the cooperative has earned a reputation for both quality service and community leadership. 

For these and many other reasons, the Blue Ridge employees and directors are in the mood to celebrate. As we commemorate those individuals and accomplishments that, during these 75 years, have brought the cooperative to the place where it is today, we hope you'll also join in the spirit of celebration.

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative exists to provide safe and reliable service to each and every member located on our network of power lines. That commitment was born on an August night in 1940, and it has grown ever stronger with the passage of time. That's something worth celebrating!
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.
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:Mushroom Mountain: Growing Mushrooms for More Than Just FoodDiscover Landrum and the Red Horse Inn, Greenwood Genetic Center and Clemson University Team Up and From Vacancy to Vibrancy: Let's Keep Travelers Rest Beautiful Works to Beautify TR.

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

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, JHM Hotels, 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.