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September 8, 2015 - Vol 6. Issue 9

76 Regional Engagements in 2015             494 Regional Engagements Since 2010  
2,347 Participants in 2015                          25,424 Participants Since 2010
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The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Our Neighbors
Next Stop... Laurens County! 
September 23rd
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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 Laurens County on September 23rd.
Our previous stops in Greenwood County and Union County were a great success so you do not want to miss this! It's a great opportunity to learn about a neighboring county, meet and interact with other community leaders, and spend the day getting to know the Upstate!
Participants will have the opportunity to see what is being done to enhance vibrancy and sense of place in Downtown Clinton, Downtown Laurens and Gray Court, be briefed on local efforts to enhance education and workforce opportunities and take a riding tour of Economic Development sites in Laurens County. Among the tour highlights will be the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, ZF Transmissions and the Piedmont Technical College Center for Advanced Manufacturing.
Space is limited to 33 people and we only have a few spots remaining, so be sure to secure your spot today.

Cost for the day is $25*, including transportation, program and lunch.
Bus Leaves From: Ten at the Top Office
124 Verdae Blvd, Greenville, SC 
Our Upstate Vision Forum
"Growing Economic Vibrancy in Downtowns and Rural Communities "
Presented by:   BCBS logo

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.


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

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

Child Well-Being Network Leadership Team Meeting 
Tuesday, October 6th 3:30PM-5:30PM

Ten at the Top Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 8th 12:00PM-2:00PM

Regional Food System Group Meeting 
Wednesday, October 14th 10:00AM-1:00PM 

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


Examples of successful community vibrancy initiatives can be found across the Upstate. During the spring semester of 2015, USC Upstate Urban Planning & Policy students interviewed community leaders who have been involved with various successful community vibrancy initiatives. The goal of the interview was to determine what steps they took to carry out the project and what lessons they learned in carrying out their project. The result was a record of best practices, lessons learned, and frequently asked questions which supplemented how-to guides created by the Community Vibrancy Task Force earlier in 2015.

The outcome of the project was five how-to guides that covered the following topics: marketing, branding & signage, public art, event planning, and forming a local action committee. The guides include step-by-step instructions for carrying out a similar project, lessons learned, best practices, frequently asked questions, and contacts for additional information. Many of the community leaders that worked with the students agreed to be listed on the guides so communities could contact them for additional information.

The how-to guides can be found on the Ten at the Top website. 
On November 19th, Ten at the Top will host the final forum of 2015. The theme will be Celebrating Successes: Great Things Happening Across the Upstate. 

As part of the forum we will be recognizing all companies, organizations, or initiatives celebrating milestone (years ending in 0 or 5) anniversaries of 20 years or more.

If your company of organization is celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2015, please contact Missy Houser to be added to our list.
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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Call to Volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of ways  throughout the year. 
Is Your Company/Organization Celebrating a Milestone in 2015? 
We Want to Know!   

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