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June 1, 2015 - Vol 6, Issue 6
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

June 2, 2015
Our Upstate Vision Forum: Innovation and the Changing Landscape of Healthcare
3:OOPM-5:00PM
Crowne Plaza
851 Congaree Road, Greenville

June 4, 2015
Upstate Professional Planners Meeting
10:00AM-12:00PM
Powdersville Branch Library
4 Civic Court, Easley

June 18, 2015
The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Our Neighbors - Union County
8:30AM - 4:30PM

June 25, 2015
Natural Beauty & Resources Task Force Meeting
10:00AM-12:00PM
Ten at the Top Offices
124 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville
June 25, 2015
Sustainable Growth & Task Force Meeting
1:00PM-3:00PM
Ten at the Top Office
124 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville

July 21, 2015
Americans with Disabilities Training For local 
Governments
9:00AM-2:00PM
Greer City Hall
301 East Poinsett Street, Greer

September 22, 2015
Our Upstate Vision Forum: Growing Economic Vibrancy in Downtown's & Rural Communities
3:00PM - 5:00PM
USC Upstate
800 University Way, Spartanburg
Registration Coming Soon
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THE SECOND SHAPING OUR FUTURE SPEAKER SERIES OF 2015
The Dollars and Sense of Development Patterns

 

The second event in the Shaping Our Future speaker series, a partnership between Upstate Forever, Ten at the Top, Furman's Riley Institute, the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, and the Upstate SC Alliance, was held on May 19th at the Crowne Plaza of Greenville.

 

Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3,LLC served as keynote speaker and provided interesting insight into how communities and developers should look at the overall asset and potential value of their property when deciding the type of development or usage for the land. 

 

The program also included Greenwood City Manager Charlie Barrineau, and National Association of Home Builders economist Rob Dietz. Their presentations were packed with data, real world examples, and eye-opening models.

 

Please click here for copies of all three presentations as well as additional information and resources, including access to a video of the three speakers
TOMORROW!
THE SECOND OUR UPSTATE VISION FORUM
JUNE 2, 2015
Innovation and the Changing Landscape of Healthcare
 
There's still time, Register Now!

On June 2, 2015 we will hear from Thornton Kirby, President & CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association to learn about the changing healthcare landscape and how those challenges are being addressed across South Carolina.
 

The program will include subject experts providing insight on two key components of the changing landscape in healthcare:

  • Advances & Changes in Care Process
    • Moderated by: Jim Shew of BlueCross BlueShield of SC
    • Howard Einstein - Rosenfeld Einstein
    • Dr. Angelo Sinopoli - Greenville Health System
    • Dr. David Isenhower - Self Regional Health System
    • Dr. Saria Saccocio - Bon Secours St.Francis Health System
  • Innovation in Medical Science
    • Moderated by: Angel Rodriguez of Genesis Surgical Solutions Inc.
    • Dr. Melanie Thomas - Gibbs Cancer Center
    • Michal Bolick - Selah Genomics
    • Matt Gevart - Kiyatec
3:00PM-5:00PM
Reception to Follow
The Crowne Plaza
851 Congaree Road, Greenville
 
 

The cost to attend the forum is $10 and advance registration is required.

TEN AT THE TOP WELCOMES 
MELISSA HOUSER - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Melissa (Missy) Houser

was born in Florida but has been a native of Greenville since she was four years old.
 

Missy attended the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. 

 

After attending USC Missy always knew she would come back to her home town. She has been a photographer for 15 years, working under her own name, MH Photography.

 

Missy is the proud mother of her two sons, Jackson and Harris, and is an active volunteer in their school and throughout the community.

 

Ten at the Top is excited to have Missy join our staff! She will be

assisting with the Our Upstate Information Hub calendar and resources as well as working with TATT funding partners.

 

Missy can be reached at mhouser@tenatthetop.org. We hope you can take a moment to welcome her to Ten at the Top!

 

TATT HOLDS FIRST UPSTATE CAPITAL PROVIDERS & FUNDERS
NETWORKING BREAKFAST
 
 

In 2014, the Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force realized that access to capital can often be a big hurdle for Upstate entrepreneurs to overcome. In order to address this problem task force members began compiling a list of alternative capital providers and funders that serve the Upstate. This project was led by Archie Johnson, of CommunityWorks, and Paul Clark, of the SC Angel Network.  The list which was created is a great resource for Upstate entrepreneurs and can be accessed on the Ten at the Top website by clicking HERE.

 

Through the process of compiling the list of entrepreneurial resources, the group learned that the main barrier is not that capital isn't out there, but rather entrepreneurs contact a capital provider that isn't always able to help them. Archie Johnson and Paul Clark illustrate this barrier perfectly: each is an Upstate capital provider, but assist clients with vastly different financial needs. Neither knew each

other prior to this project, but they are now able to refer clients to one another. The task force decided to address this barrier by convening the inaugural Upstate Capital Providers & Funders Networking Breakfast on May 14th at the Commerce Club in Greenville. Attendees were able to network and make connections with other Upstate capital providers.

 

The keynote speaker for the event was Jason Premo, founder of Premo Ventures, who discussed the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Upstate. "What Ten at the Top is doing to bring all the resources together to better understand the local entrepreneurial ecosystem is critical", said Premo.

 

The Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force hopes to continue growing the network of Upstate Capital Providers & Funders to help the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Upstate. If you have additions to the funders list or are interested in becoming involved with the network please contact Tiffany Tate (ttate@tenatthetop.org or 864-283-2313). 

LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE, REGISTER TODAY!
"THE UPSTATE BUS TOUR...
GETTING TO KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS"
JUNE 18th

Second Stop, Union County!

 

Join Ten at the Top as we embark on the Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Your Neighbors. The next stop on the tour will take us to Union County on June 18th.

The first stop to Greenwood County was a great success so you do not want to miss this! It's a great opportunity to spend the day in Union County and learn about or neighbors. Space is limited to 33 people, so be sure to secure yours today.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to take a riding tour of Economic Development sites in Union County as well as visit several key locations including: The Union County Museum, University of South Carolina Union campus, Veterans Park and the Advanced Technology Center of Union.

 

Cost for the day is $25, including transportation, program and lunch.

 

The bus will leave for Union from the Ten at The Top Offices at 8:30 am. We will make a brief stop at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce to pick up anyone that would like to join us from that location.

NOW ACCEPTING ELEVATE UPSTATE COMMUNITY VIBRANCY GRANT APPLICATIONS

Ten at the Top (TATT), through a funding commitment from Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments Inc., is now accepting applications for the 2015 Hughes Investments ELEVATE UPSTATE (EU) Community Vibrancy Grants.   

The purpose of the ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants is to identify and provide initial funding support for community based programs that promote community and economic vibrancy in local areas across the Upstate. 

 

The initiative started in 2013 and annually awards two grants of up to $5,000 each to entities including neighborhood associations, civic or community based organizations, non-profit organizations or local governments that are committed to developing and implementing programs designed to increase local vibrancy in communities within the Upstate.


How to Apply:

Applicants must be located in and do their work within communities in one of the ten Upstate counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, or Union. Successful proposals for projects funded by EU should be able to clearly demonstrate how the implementation of the initiative that they propose will benefit and provide vibrancy in the local community. These proposals may seek to produce a physical result, such as a mural, sculpture or signage that will increase the vibrancy and sense of place within a community, or implement the first of a reoccurring or annual event or program that helps grow vibrancy within a community.


 

The 2015 application is now available on the Ten at the Top web site. The also includes a look at past recipients as well as the "Great Ideas for Community Vibrancy" book of 50 vibrancy ideas that can help a community identify a potential project. TATT is asking any organization interested in applying for the 2015 grants to complete the "Grant Interest Form" by August 1st. Completed applications are due by September 15th and the recipients will be announced at the TATT Regional Forum in November.  

  

Apply Today!


 

If you have any questions, contact Dean Hybl at dhybl@tenatthetop.org or 864-283-2315

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
We are looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of ways at TATT events throughout the year. 

This is a great way to be engaged and learn more about Ten at the Top.

If you would be interested in getting engaged, please contact Tiffany Tate, Program Manager, at ttate@tenatthetop.org or 864-283-2313.
IN THEIR WORDS:
SAM ERWIN 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 Sam Erwin, President & CEO of Palmetto Bank and 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
PENDLETON SOUTH CAROLINA  
 

Ever 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 those milestones only in November, we are going to feature a company or organization each month in the TATT e-Newsletter.

 

This month we are recognizing The Town of Pendleton.

 

*The following was adapted from Anderson Magazine, which provided a unique insight to the town of Pendleton.

 

Have you ever driven through a small town and wondered about its history and thought about what tales the old houses and buildings would tell if they could talk? Pendleton is one of those towns here in Anderson County. A town turning 225 years old is cause for quite a celebration.

 

The land Pendelton sits on was part of the Cherokee nation, and became the Pendleton district in 1789. The location was chosen, because it is the exact center of three surrounding counties - Anderson, Oconee and Pickens. The 1970s were really great years for Pendleton. The town was listed on the National Historic Register, the Merchants Guild received a federal grant allowing them to do significant things to improve the downtown and bring more people to the area, new streetlights, benches, storefronts, and other updates to help make the town shine. The Annual Spring Jubilee is still one of the most popular annual events in the area today.

 

As Pendleton looks to the future, Mayor Frank Crenshaw, believes the future depends on listening to the community, continously improving communications with citizens, following the downtown master plan, strengthening current business partnerships and creating new ones and making well-informed and educated decisions to keep the town on the right track. "It takes everyone working together to things done." Crenshaw says.

 

To commemorate the 225th anniversary, the town will host several exciting events all year to celebrate this wonderful town and the citizens who are a part of it. Pendleton will also plant 225 new trees and 22,500 new daffodils throughout the town.

 

For a full list of events Click HERE and to read the full article: "Happy Birthday Pendleton,"

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.