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March 2, 2015 - Vol 6, Issue 3
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

March 3, 2015
Regional Food Systems Planners Meeting
9:30AM - 11:30AM
Greenville County Square

March 12, 2015
Upstate Bus Tour: Greenwood
8:30AM - 4:30PM
Bus leaves from TATT Office
124 Verdae Boulevard 
Greenville SC
 
March 18, 2015
Human Potential Task Force Meeting  
 1:30PM - 3:30PM 
Ten at the Top Office
March 20, 2015
Upstate Elected Officials Meeting
10:00AM - 12:00PM
BMW Zentrum

April 9, 2015
Our Upstate Vision Forum Series: Overcoming the Failure to Act: Investing in Transportation and Infrastructure
Keynote: Governor Ed Rendell
3:00PM - 5:00PM 
Greenville Marriott 

April 30, 2015
Community Vibrancy Task Force Meeting
8:00AM - 10:00AM 
USC Upstate 
 
April 30, 2015
Upstate Elected Officials Meeting
3:00PM - 5:00PM  
Fisher Middle School   
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UPSTATE SUPERINTENDENTS & SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS SHARE IDEAS AND CRAFT A REGIONAL MESSAGE

  

On February 12th, over 80 Upstate Superintendents and School Board members representing 20 of the 23 school districts met at USC Upstate for the first ever Upstate Superintendents and School Boards Meeting. 

 

The meeting brought together the leaders of the Upstate public schools in one place to open the lines of communication, share best practices and to discuss opportunities for future collaboration. The education leaders also worked to craft a regional message about education to share with other leaders from across the region during an upcoming Upstate Elected Officials Meeting. 

Click Here to see all of the presentations, photos, and information that came out of the meeting. 
   

  

  

THE BUS IS FILLING UP, SAVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
"THE UPSTATE BUS TOUR... 
GETTING TO KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS" 
GREENWOOD - MARCH 12, 2015
The Upstate Bus Tour will take participants to Greenwood on
March 12, 2015!
 

Greenwood is rich with history, economic growth, and a growing downtown. The day trip will start with a tour of economic development sites across the region led by Heather Jones, CEO of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance. The morning session will also include updates from the city and county, Greater Greenwood Arts Council, and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce as well as a walking tour of downtown Greenwood.

 

The afternoon session will take participants to the internationally recognized Greenwood Genetic Center for a tour and also include briefings from Self Regional Hospital and around workforce and education initiatives in the county.

 
Space is limited and time is running out! 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

 

UPSTATE PLANNERS MEETING

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 was made at the Upstate Professional Planners Meeting on February 25th at the Mauldin Cultural Center. During this meeting, participants discussed 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.

 

Click Here to see the presentation and a list of the Counties Comprehensive Plans or contact Tiffany Tate for further information.

APRIL 9, 2015
OUR UPSTATE VISION SERIES: OVERCOMING THE FAILURE TO ACT - INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE
Like many areas across the country, the Upstate region has struggled with the challenges associated with maintaining and improving transportation and infrastructure programs. How to Overcome the Failure to Act is a topic being debated not just here in South Carolina, but in communities all over the country.

During the first Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2015, Ed Rendell, the former two-term Governor of the State of Pennsylvania and co-chair of the national organization Building America's Future, will provide insight into why it is crucial to move past the politics and work collaboratively to ensure that South Carolina and the rest of the United States is positioned to maintain and grow its place as a global economic power.

 

The forum will also include a presentation from the American Society of Civil Engineers focused on the benefits of investing in a robust multimodal infrastructure network. Completing the program will be examples of current Upstate efforts that are working to reduce traffic congestion and support transportation programs in the region.

 

The forum will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on April 9th at the Greenville Marriott with a networking reception to follow. Cost to attend is $10 and advance registration is required. Register Today!

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MONTH IN MARCH!
 
You may not realize it but the world is at home in Upstate South Carolina. But when you hear that people from over 100 cultures live and work in the area, its undeniable

That's where Upstate International comes in. Welcoming. Supporting. Celebrating. And educating. 
 
All through a month-long series of events designed to highlight the diverse cultures that make up the area. A true collaboration that's designed to promote and foster the continued growth of our little corner of the world.
 
UPSTATE INTERNATIONAL. THE WORLD IS AT HOME HERE.
For a full list of international events happening across the Upstate, visit The Upstate International 
WE'RE HIRING - PART TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE
Ten at the Top is looking for an Administrative Associate to provide support to staff with general office activities, bookkeeping support, and event planning assistance.

Application Deadline is Friday, March 20, 2015 - Desired start date is Monday, May 4, 2015 

For full Job Description, click HERE

Submission Information:
Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Tiffany Tate at ttate@tenatthetop.org
or by mail to: 124 Verdae Blvd. Suite 202, Greenville, SC 29607
ELECTED OFFICIALS MEETING MARCH 20TH TO FOCUS ON TRANSPORTATION
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 will be available in the coming weeks. Register 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.

 

IN THEIR WORDS:
DR. TOM MOORE 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 Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate. Moore is a current Board Member of Ten at The Top.

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
ADC ENGINEERING SPECALISTS    
 
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 ADC Engineering Specialists, which is celebrating 25 years of business in 2015.

ADC Engineering is a multi-disciplined engineering firm with offices in Charleston, Columbia and now in Greenville, SC. ADC performs civil and aviation engineering, landscape architecture, structural engineering, and building envelope consulting. The firm provides design solutions to its clients in education (higher and k-12), state and federal agencies, municipalities and private commercial developers. 

 

Over the past 25 years ADC has witnessed South Carolina's industry endure many changes from explosive growth and building booms to downturns in the economy and consolidation of firms. As our state's growth is rebounding, ADC is growing with it and the upstate office is a major part of it.

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.


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

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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.