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August 3, 2015 - Vol 6. Issue 8

63 Regional Engagements in 2015            481 Regional Engagements Since 2010  

2,145 Participants in 2015                         25,235 Participants Since 2010
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Our Upstate Vision Forum
"Growing Economic Vibrancy in Downtowns and Rural Communities " 
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Join Ten at the Top for the third Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2015 as we welcome Urban Land Institute fellow Ed McMahon. McMahon's presentation "The Economics of Uniqueness" will focus on the idea that communities who are not able to differentiate and distinguish themselves from others have no competitive advantage.


This forum is a part of the Shaping Our Future Speaker Series in partnership with Upstate Forever, Ten at the Top, the Riley Institute at Furman University, the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors and the Upstate SC Alliance. The goal of the series is to inspire dialogue regarding the connections between land use decisions, transportation options, housing choices and quality of life. This is also the third event in Upstate Forever's 2015 Active Living Event Series sponsored primarily by the Mary Black Foundation. The series is designed to encourage community dialog about policies and infrastructure to support active, healthy communities.


The event will be held: 


3:00-5:00 p.m. on September 22, 2015


USC Upstate, Sansbury Campus Life Center

A networking reception will follow


Greenlink Transit will also provide complimentary transportation for guests from Greenville to USC Upstate. The bus will depart from Greenville County Square (301 University Ridge, Greenville SC) at 2pm and return around 6:30pm.


Cost to attend the forum is $10 and advanced registration is required.

Upcoming Events

Ten at the Top Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, August 13th 12:00PM-2:00PM

Senior Issues Group Meeting 
Wednesday, August 19th 1:00PM-3:00PM 

Community Vibrancy Task Force Meeting 
Tuesday, September 1st 10:00AM - 12:00PM 

Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee Meeting 
Thursday, September 3rd 10:00AM-12:00PM 

Our Upstate Vision Forum: Growing Economic Vibrancy in Downtowns and Rural Communities featuring Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute 
Tuesday, September 22nd 3:00PM-5:00PM

The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Our Neighbors
Next Stop - Laurens County
Wednesday, September 23rd 8:30AM-4:30PM

Shaping Our Future Speaker Series: The Economic Benefits of Conservation & Open Space featuring Jessica Sargent, Trust for Public Land 
Tuesday, October 20th 3:00PM-5:00PM
Our Upstate Vision Forum: Celebrating Our Successes 
Thursday, November 19th 3:00PM-5:00PM

Click Here for the Full Upcoming Schedule & Registration Details

Save the Date:
September 13, 2016

In 2014 more than 800 Upstate stakeholders attended the TATT Upstate Summit on Rechecking Our Reality. The 2016 Upstate Summit will focus on Creating a Leading Region and will be held again at the TD Convention Center

Mark your calendar now!

The Upstate Bus Tour
Next Stop - Laruens

Join Ten at the Top and local leaders in the Upstate as we visit Laurens County on Wednesday, September 23rd. This is a great opportunity to learn about our neighboring county, meet and interact with other community leaders, tour the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and ZF Transmissions.

State of the Upstate 2015

Stories from across the region on what communities, organizations and individuals are doing to help the the Upstate reach its full potential.


It has been 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Though it has been law for a quarter century, there are still many ongoing challenges that communities face in striving to ensure equal access for individuals with disabilities and special needs.

On July 21st, more than 40 representatives from cities, counties and school systems from across the Upstate participated in a comprehensive ADA training session hosted by the City of Greer, Ten at the Top, Greenville CAN and ABLE SC.

The session included a general overview of requirements for government entities as well as a wide spectrum of specific ways to increase access within a community.

This training was just the first of several ADA training sessions that will be held in the coming weeks. Greenville CAN is hosting a free public workshop on August 20th from 7-8:30 pm at Shriners Hospital in Greenville. In addition, there will be a two-day ADA Title II & ADA Coordinator Training on August 20-21 at Greenville County Square. Click here for more information and to register.   
WSPA 7 On Your Side covered the July 21st meeting and how Greer is making great strides in ADA Compliance, check out the story below.


The Ten at the Top Sustainable Growth Task Force recently met to hear presentations on the theory of the Southern Megalopolis and the issues that the Upstate should be addressing in regards to land use and conservation.


Dr. Adam Terando, researcher with North Carolina State University, presented "The Southern Megalopolis and the Challenge to Conservation in the 21st Century". Dr. Terando presented research which theorized a Southern, or Piedmont, Megalopolis would form from Raleigh to Atlanta by the year 2060 if current development patterns continue at the same pace. Click here to download Dr. Terando's presentation.


Hilary Morris, with South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, presented "The South Atlantic LCC Conservation Blueprint: From Planning to Action". Mrs. Morris provided an overview of the work being done by South Atlantic LCC and provided an overview of the services and online tools available for use in conservation and urban planning efforts. Click here to download Mrs. Morris' presentation.


Access to healthy, local food is essential in ensuring quality of life for every Upstate resident. The Upstate Regional Food System is working to address short term goals to improve production, processing, and market.


The production work group is working on the goals of connecting farmers to open land that could be farmed, creating a schema for a DIY cooler on wheels, implementing a farmer education campaign, and addressing the lack of non GMO feed in the Upstate.


The processing work group is working to create a guide to assist an individual opening a processing facility. The group is looking at issues such as utilities, zoning, and waste removal and what is needed for a processing facility.


The market work group is currently creating an inventory of Farmer's Markets in the Upstate to determine what is available and collecting guidelines or rules that each Farmer's Market has in effect. The group will then compare the guidelines to look for discrepancies. The group hopes to help Farmer's Markets become consistent and efficient to benefit farmers and vendors.


For more information on The Upstate Regional Food System, visit


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.


2015 Applications are due September 15th

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In addition to the events and resources available on OurUpstateSC.info, the weekly "Uniquely Upstate" e-newsletter highlights "hot events" happening across the region and a feature story that showcases something unique about the Upstate.
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