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November 2, 2015 - Vol 6. Issue 11

  91 Regional Engagements in 2015           509 Regional Engagements Since 2010 
    2,898 Participants in 2015                            25,975 Participants Since 2010        
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OUR UPSTATE VISION FORUM 
NOVEMBER 19TH

CELEBRATING SUCCESSES: GREAT THINGS HAPPENING 
ACROSS THE UPSTATE
The first three sessions of the 2015 Our Upstate Vision Forum had specific focus on the issues of transportation, healthcare and economic vibrancy in local communities. The series looked at issues that are crucial as the region strives to be universally recognized as a leading place to live, learn, do business and raise a family.

While it is critical to look at areas where we must continue to work to make the Upstate an even better place for generations to come, it is also important that we take opportunities to recognize and understand some of the great things from our past and that are happening today in our region.
For the final Our Upstate Forum of 2015 we will celebrate some of the people, organizations and businesses that have been working for generations to make the Upstate a special place.

The forum will also include recognition of companies and organizations celebrating milestone anniversaries (20 years or more) in 2015. Ten at the Top will also announce the recipients of the 2015 ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants.

The Forum will be held:

November 19, 2015
3:00PM-5:00PM
Greenville Marriott - 1 Parkway East, Greenville
Networking Reception to Follow

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!
THE UPSTATE BUS TOUR... LAST STOP IN 2015
OCONEE COUNTY - NOVEMBER 5TH
Presented by:  
Piedmont Natural Gas
Don't miss the last stop on the Upstate Bus Tour in 2015 to Oconee County on November 5th! 

Our first three stops to Greenwood, Union, and Laurens Counties were a great success so you do not want to miss this! It's a great opportunity to learn about our neighboring county, meet and interact with other community leaders, to spend the day getting to know the Upstate! 

Participants will have the opportunity to take a driving tour of Economic Development sites in Oconee County as well as tour Duke World of Energy and enjoy lunch at the beautiful Chattooga Belle Farm.

Space is limited to 33 people, so be sure to secure your spot today. 
Cost for the day is $25*. Registration deadline, November 3rd.
TEN AT THE TOP ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2014 ELEVATE UPSTATE GRANT FINALISTS
The five finalists for the 2015 Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Grants have been chosen from a total of 26 applications submitted for the two grants available in 2015. 
 
Hughes Investments is contributing $10,000 per year to the program with two recipients each year receiving $5,000 to support a new vibrancy initiative in the Upstate. 
 
The program began in 2013 in conjunction with a series of Community Vibrancy Workshops hosted by Ten at the Top.

During the Ten at the Top Regional Forum on November 19th the five finalists will each provide a brief overview of their initiative before the two 2015 recipients are selected and announced. The forum will be held from 3-5 pm at the Greenville Marriott.


Here are brief summaries of the five finalists:
 
Art in the Park: Woodruff - The Woodruff Living Arts Festival will be a downtown event which will bring art to life in the Upstate. Partnering with local colleges, schools, museums, and artists, residents and other participants will be costumed and made to be figurines in various works of art including paintings and sculptures.

Greer Made - A new project coordinated by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce designed to honor Greer's history and revitalize the maker's spirit of our community, Greer Made will focus on highlighting companies and products that are made right here in the Greer area.
 
celebrate agriCULTURE: Greenwood - The first week in August is national farmers market week so the Arts Council of Greenwood County plans to celebrate with several activities: an exhibit in which local artists will be matched with a farmer or producer and will produce a piece of art for the exhibit in the gallery, farmers market on site, family fun day focused on our agricultural heritage, cooking demonstrations, etc. throughout the six week celebration.

Music at the Museum: Greenville - In a partnership between the Children's Museum of the Upstate and the Furman University Partners in the Arts Program, student and faculty ensembles will perform a series of mini concerts with diverse repertoire, creating a unique cultural learning opportunity open to all museum visitors.

Walkable Cultural District: Spartanburg - The Art Partnership (TAP) in collaboration with the Spartanburg Arts Museum (SAM) aim to create a temporary public art installation to the uniquely launch the newly designated Spartanburg Downtown cultural District.  The installation will celebrate the official launch of the Cultural District and will be the prominent visual signifier that you are in the Cultural District 

The selection committee for the Elevate Upstate Grants Program includes Phil Hughes (President, Hughes Investments), Ingo Angermier (SmartPulse), and Terence Roberts (Mayor, City of Anderson).
EXPLORING INNOVATIVE TRANSPORTATION & TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES FOR GREENVILLE & THE UPSTATE
NOVEMBER 30TH
There has been much discussion in recent months around Automated Transport Vehicles with Greenville County and Greenville Spartanburg International Airport as potential destinations for the innovative technology.

During this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the latest technology and potential projects that could help Greenville and the Upstate move to the cutting edge of transportation technology.

The program will include several presentations from local and national leaders as well as an opportunity for participants to be part of the discussions on what opportunities have the best potential for the Upstate.

Among the scheduled speakers are Mike Cotter, Global Strategic Marketing Director for Club Car, LLC, Dave Edwards, CEO of GSP International Airport and South Carolina State Representative Garry Smith. There will also be group discussions about GreenVillage Developments, potential SmartCity Applications and the opportunities around research & development.

The workshop will be held from 9 am-1 pm 
Monday, November 30, 2015
Greenville County Square. Lunch will be provided

This is a free event, but interested participants are asked to register in advance

UPCOMING EVENTS
The Upstate Bus Tour... Oconee County
Thursday, November 5th 8:30AM-4:30PM

Senior Issues Group - Food Workgroup meeting
Tuesday, November 10th 12:00PM-1:30PM

Senior Issues Group - Housing & Home Needs Workgroup Meeting
Wednesday, November 11th 10:00AM-11:30AM

Natural Beauty and Resources Task Force Meeting
Thursday, November 12th 10:00AM-12:00PM
 
Our Upstate Vision Forum: Celebrating Upstate Successes 
Thursday, November 19th 3:00-5:00PM

Exploring Innovative Transportation & Technology
Opportunities for Greenville and the Upstate
Monday, November 30th 9:00AM-1:00PM

Upstate Professional Planners Meeting
Thursday, December 3rd 10:00M-12:00PM

Click Here for the Full Upcoming Schedule & Registration Details
SUPPORT TATT WITH A YEAR END CONTRIBUTION
Since 2010, more than 100 businesses, organizations and individuals from across the Upstate have provided funding to support Ten at the Top's mission of enhancing economic vitality and quality of life across the Upstate by fostering collaboration, strategic planning and the development of partnerships. The full list of 2015 supporters can be found through this link.

As a small non-profit, this support is crucial to the sustainability of the organization and mission.

While most of the funding support for TATT has come from businesses and organizations across the region, we have been blessed to receive individual contributions from residents who see the value of the strategic capacity building efforts of TATT.

As we near the end of 2015, we invite you to consider supporting Ten at the Top with a year-end gift. Contributions of any amount are appreciated and will be used to support TATT's continued efforts to convene meetings, forums, workshops, bus tours and other activities that foster collaboration and build relationships across the Upstate while working to address systemic issues that impact the current and future economic vitality and quality of life across the Upstate.

All TATT funding partners and individual contributors are invited to the annual TATT funding partner and board reception in January and are recognized at events and in publications throughout the year.

Through our 501.c.3 entity (Our Upstate-SC) all contributions are tax deductible.

You can contribute online through the secure link below.

CONTRIBUTE TODAY!
CHILD WELL-BEING NETWORK UPDATE
Collaboration is important when working to ensure every Upstate child has the ability to reach their full potential. The Child Well-Being Network Leadership Team understands the importance of collaboration and held their first meeting on October 6th to begin discussing how the children (prenatal to age 26) in the Upstate can be given optimal opportunities for success. The Leadership Team is comprised of business and community leaders, child well-being organization leadership, and community advocates who will chair eight workgroups assigned to examine different aspects of child well-being. The first four workgroups will be meeting in early 2016:
  • Housing Workgroup Meeting Date: Wednesday, January 20th  3:30PM - 5:00PM
Chairs: Dan Bracken, Leonardi Bracken & Foster Care Advocate; Laurie Rovin, Pendleton Place
  • Family Engagement Workgroup Meeting Date: Thursday, January 14th  3:30PM - 5:00PM
Chair: Byron Dendy, Laurens County DSS
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Workgroup Meeting Date: Thursday, January 28th  3:30PM - 5:00PM
Chairs: Faye Nichols, Pickens Behavioral Health Services; Nikki Pyles, UCCADA
  • Health Workgroup Meeting Date: Wednesday, January 13th  3:30PM - 5:00PM
Chairs: Linda Brees, GHS Children's Hospital-Child Advocacy; Joey Nimmer, Anderson County Board of Education/Chair, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
 
Four additional workgroups will be forming later that address the following areas of child well-being: education, child safety, early childhood development, and employment.
 
If you are interested in participating in any of the eight workgroups please contact Program Manager, Tiffany Tate, via email (ttate@tenatthetop.org) or phone (864-283-2313).

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