Ten at the Top
Upstate News


January 4, 2016 - Vol 7. Issue 1

102 Regional Engagements in 2015             520 Regional Engagements Since 2010
3,257 Participants in 2015                            26,334 Participants Since 2010        
Contact Us:

Executive Director 864-283-2315

Program Manager
864-283-2313

Communications Manager
864-283-2317

Administrative Associate
TEN AT THE TOP COMPLETES BUSY 2015, PREPARING FOR EXCITING 2016
  
Ten at the Top completed the busiest year since the organization was incorporated in 2009 by conducting 102 regional engagements with more than 3,250 total participants in 2015.

Since 2010, TATT has conducted 520 regional engagements with more than 26,000 total participants. The previous high-mark for engagements in a year was 97 in 2013.

Illustrating TATT's role as the Upstate's regional convener and connector, 372 different businesses and organizations had representatives participating on TATT committees or task forces and/or providing funding support in 2015. 
 
TATT currently coordinates 24 task forces and committees where stakeholders from across the region are working together on regional opportunities to address issues including workforce & skill development, transportation & infrastructure, senior needs, education, air quality, child well-being and community vibrancy.

Notably, the Child Well-Being Network was formed in 2015 to ensure every child in the Upstate has an optimal opportunity for success. Four regional work groups focused on specific elements of child well-being are starting work in 2016 with the ultimate goal of having eight different work groups focusing on building regional capacity around elements of child well-being.

Also, in partnership with Feed & Seed, local farmers and others focused on growing local food capacity in the Upstate, the Regional Food System group has been working to build capacity at the product, process and market stages.  
 
For the first time in 2015, TATT hosted "The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Our Neighbors." Participants spent a day learning about economic development, education, community revitalization efforts, and more in Greenwood, Union, Laurens, and Oconee counties. Each county included unique stops, presentations, and information to highlight the county. Spending a day immersed in each county provides participants from across the region the opportunity to learn more about the strengths and challenges in each county.
 
In addition, TATT hosted four regional forums and partnered with other regional organizations to host two Upstate Elected Officials Meetings and two other Shaping Our Future forums. These regular sessions provide an opportunity for city, county and state elected officials and business leaders to come together to discuss key regional issues.
 
In 2016, Ten at the Top will continue the Upstate Regional Forum Series with two forums, each focused on a key issue impacting the Upstate region. In addition, the second Upstate Regional Summit will be held on September 13th at the TD Convention Center. TATT will also continue the Upstate Bus Tours and host the first regional young leaders summit. 
 
Information about task forces, committees, upcoming events and how to become involved is available at the TATT website, click below.
CALLING UPSTATE YOUNG LEADERS:
BE PART OF THE FIRST UPSTATE YOUNG LEADERS SUMMIT ON MARCH 7TH

Young Leaders Elevating the Upstate!

Mark you calendars for March 7, 2016!

The Upstate is home to more than ten young professional groups and the millennial generation (ages 21-39) is quickly surpassing the Baby-Boomer generation and will soon be our leaders. By offering valuable career and personal development opportunities, the PIQUE will open the doors for future leaders of the Upstate to gather in one place to share ideas and discuss how and why it is important to get involved and work collaboratively.

Registration opens Wednesday, January 6th!
TEN AT THE TOP EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 2016-2017
We are pleased to announce the following regional leaders will serve as the Executive Officers for Ten at the Top for 2016-2017:
 
Chairman: Hank McCullough, Senior Manager - Government Relations, Piedmont Natural Gas
First Vice Chair: Sue Schneider, General Manager, Spartanburg Water
Secretary: Terence Roberts, Mayor, City of Anderson
Treasurer: Erwin Maddrey, CEO, Maddrey & Associates
Development Co-Chairs: Rick Danner, Mayor, City of Greer & Jim Shew, Director, National Accounts at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Immediate Past Chair:  Carol Burdette, Chief Professional Officer, United Way of Anderson County

We thank each of these leaders for their willingness to serve and commitment to fostering collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate region. 
TEN AT THE TOP THANKS PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD: 
CAROL BURDETTE
A very special thank you to Carol Burdette, Ten at the Top's immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors. Carol served as chair for two years and we are grateful for her dedication to helping our organization grow and her overall commitment to making the Upstate a great place.
 
"I want to especially thank our board members and funding partners for the leadership and support you have shown to Ten at the Top. Growing an organization of this nature from scratch is never easy and has been especially challenging due to the economic climate of the last decade" said Carol, "It is your dedication and commitment to ensuring that TATT survived financially while also having a positive impact in the Upstate that has allowed the organization to continue to grow and prosper."
TEN AT THE TOP INCOMING CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD:
HANK MCCULLOUGH
Ten at the Top is happy to welcome Hank McCullough as the incoming Chairman of the Board of Directors. 
 
Hank is the Senior Manager - Government Relations with Piedmont Natural Gas. He is a founding TATT Board Member an has spent the past two years as the first vice chair.  
 
"As I have come to embrace regionalism and the work of Ten at the Top a recurring voice in my head is telling me that different times require different thinking. Will the Upstate become a victim of our own success? People and businesses who are flocking to the Upstate are indeed on to something but how will we maintain our economic strength, community vitality and natural beauty with the added stress on our cities, towns, infrastructure and resources?" McCullough said. "Planning decisions made during the industrialization of the south and followed by the suburban revolution may have been sound at the time but have left us with systemic challenges that cannot be effectively addressed by conventional thinking or by figuratively "just adding another lane." So let 2016 be a year of opening our minds and embracing or promoting an idea that me be unconventional or perhaps even unpopular. Time to get engaged with your region!"
UPCOMING EVENTS
Child Well-Being Network: Health Workgroup Meeting 
Wednesday, January 13th, 3:00-5:00PM
Ten at the Top
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 
 
Child Well-Being Network: Family Engagement Workgroup Meeting 
Thursday, January 14th 3:30 - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC  

Child Well-Being Network: Housing Workgroup Meeting 
Wednesday, January 20th 3:30 - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 
 
Child Well-Being Network: Substance Abuse Prevention Workgroup Meeting 
Thursday, January 28th 3:30 - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC  
 
Child Well-Being Network Leadership Team Meeting 
Tuesday, February 16th 3:00 - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC  
 
the PIQUE: Young Leaders Elevating the Upstate 
Monday, March 7th 2:30 - 5:00PM 
One Building 
1 North Main Street | Greenville, SC  
 
Upstate Regional Summit: Creating a Leading Region 
Thursday, September 13th 
TD Convention Center 
1 Exposition Dr. | Greenville, SC  
THANK YOU TEN AT THE TOP FUNDING PARTNERS!
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Ten at the Top, we would like to thank all the businesses, organizations and individuals that have supported the mission of TATT during 2015.
 
Below is a full list of funding partners and sponsors:
 
Regional Visionary: BlueCross BlueShield SC
  
Regional Stewards: GSA Business, WSPA-TV 
  
Regional Benefactor: Greenville Health System
  
Regional Partners: AnMed Health, Fluor
  
Regional Sponsors: Baptist Easley Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, BMW Manufacturing, Business Black Box, Duke Energy, Elliott Davis Decosimo, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Greenville Business Magazine, Hughes Investments, JHM Hotels, Erwin Maddrey, Oconee County, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., Palmetto Technology Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, Sealevel Systems, TD Bank, Trehel Corporation.
 
Regional Advocates: Barnet Development Corporation, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc, Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc., Brown Mackie College, Craig Brown, City of Greer, City of Mauldin, CommunityWorks Carolina, GSP International Airport, Laurens Electric Corporation, Lockhart Power, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP., Rutland Institute for Ethics - Clemson, ScanSource, Self Family Foundation, The Palmetto Bank, Irv Welling.
 
Regional Patrons: Anderson Regional Joint Water System, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Anderson University, Ann & Ingo Angermier, Carol Burdette, Canal Insurance, Childs & Halligan, City of Anderson, City of Easley, City of Pickens, City of Union, Clayton Construction, Coldwell Banker Cain, Community Foundation of Greenville, CountyBank, Easley Chamber of Commerce, Gallivan, White, & Boyd, Genesis Surgical Solutions, Gibbs Cancer Center, Goodwyn, Mills, & Cawood, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Technical College, Greenville Water, John Miller, Johnson Development Associates, KPMG,LLP., Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Marchant Company Inc., MB Kahn, Nate Lipscomb, McMillan Pazdan Smith, PMPA, Professional Mortgage Company, Seamon, Whiteside & Associates, Inc., Self Regional Healthcare System, South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina School Boards Insurance Trust, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Spartanburg Community College, Town of Due West, Tri-County Technical College, Union County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greenwood & Abbeville Counties, USC Upstate, Upstate Workforce Investment Board, West Carolina Tel, Brad Wyche.
 
Contributing Gifts: Paul Corbeil, Sam Erwin, Mike Forrester, Hank McCullough, Barry Nocks, Terence Roberts, Angelle LaBorde, S&ME, Inc., Teri Cox Gilstrap, Rick Danner, Ann Wright, Lisa Jones, Neal Workman 
 
THE UPSTATE INFORMATION HUB:
UNIQUELY UPSTATE FEATURE STORIES
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.


Info Hub Button
Call to Volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of ways  throughout the year. 
 
Contact 
Is Your Company/Organization Celebrating a Milestone in 2016? 
 
We Want to Know!   

Contact
The Upstate Info Hub

The "one-stop-shop" for all things Upstate. Find a regional events calendar and resources

 

 

HAVE NEWS? WE WANT TO KNOW!
Latest NewsIf 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. 
Send information to Ashley Downing