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March 7, 2016 - Vol 7. Issue 3

23 Regional Engagements in 2016              543 Regional Engagements Since 2010    
497 Participants in 2016                             26,831 Participants Since 2010         
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2016 Our Upstate Vision Forum: 
"The Upstate's Untapped Workforce"

Tuesday, April 26th
With a growing economy, the Upstate region is now facing the potential reality of not having enough of an available workforce to meet employee needs. This dilemma calls for collaborative efforts to ensure that some of the previously untapped and underutilized groups of potential employees are identified and engaged. These include veterans, individuals with some type of disability, and people with nonviolent criminal backgrounds.

The Our Upstate Vision Forum will look at how the Upstate can and is working to tap into this important labor pool. The primary focus will be on individuals with disabilities. There will also be representatives from multiple underutilized workforce groups in attendance and available to provide material on the various workforce opportunities currently available in the Upstate.

Keynote Speaker, Randy Lewis, former Senior Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain of Walgreens lead this revolutionary model of employment inclusion. Lewis will discuss why Walgreens is viewed by many as the global leader in hiring people with disabilities.


As part of the 2016 Upstate Regional Summit: Creating a Leading Region, there will be breakout sessions highlighting some of the local initiatives being conducted by governments, businesses or community organizations that are helping the Upstate achieve the vision of being a leading place to live, learn, do business and raise a family.

Each session will feature three groups providing a five-minute overview of their initiative followed by a 20-30 minute facilitated question/answer session.Groups interested in being considered should complete the brief proposal form outlining the effort they will highlight.

For more details and to download the proposal form click below.
Presentation Proposal Form
Presentation Proposal Form
As the Upstate's senior population continues to grow it is becoming increasingly important to address the needs of the region's seniors. A group of business and nonprofit leadership, elected officials, and community volunteers have been meeting to look at specific issues essential to senior well-being, called the Senior Issues Group.

In late February, a group met to look at how access to healthy food for seniors could be improved. Attendees discussed issues such as: lack of transportation to food banks, the importance of interaction with seniors to combat loneliness, and a lack of awareness of the services available to seniors in the Upstate. Group members are now working on an inventory to create a senior resource network to increase awareness of the services available and will continue to meet in the coming months.

In early March, a separate group met to address the issue of safe housing and the need for nonmedical home services for Upstate seniors. The inventory of senior friendly housing featuring no stairs, accessible bathrooms, and other special features is not increasing as quickly as the senior population is. Other issues discussed include a lack of organizations working on home modifications such as patching roofs and building ramps and a lack of awareness amongst the public of senior housing needs. Group members are contemplating the necessity of a messaging campaign to increase the awareness of these needs.

In an effort to increase awareness of the services available to all citizens in the Upstate, an informational session on United Way's 2-1-1 service has been scheduled for Friday, March 18th at 1:30PM. If you are interested in learning about the service and how it can be utilized by citizens and organizations please plan to join us by clicking below to register.
Child Well-Being Network: Family Engagement Workgroup Meeting 
Wednesday, March 16th 3:30PM - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC .

Senior Issues Group: Volunteerism Workgroup Meeting 
Friday, March 18th 10:00AM - 11:30AM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

United Way 2-1-1 Info Session 
featuring Richard LaPratt, VP of Call Center Services, United Way Association of SC 
Friday, March 18th 1:30PM - 3:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC

Child Well-Being Network: Health Workgroup Meeting 
Wednesday, March 23rd 9:00AM - 10:30AM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Child Well-Being Network: Substance Abuse Prevention Workgroup Meeting 
Tuesday, March 29th 3:30PM - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Child Well-Being Network: Housing Workgroup Meeting 
Tuesday, April 12th 3:30PM - 5:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Our Neighbors - Pickens County
Wednesday, April 20th 8:30AM-5:00PM
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Blvd., Suite 202 | Greenville, SC

Our Upstate Vision Forum: The Upstate's Untapped Workforce 
Keynote Speaker: Randy Lewis - Former VP, Walgreens 
Tuesday, April 26th 3:00PM - 5:00PM 
Reception to Follow 
Greenville Marriott 
One Parkway East | Greenville, SC 
Upstate Regional Summit: Creating a Leading Region 
Thursday, September 13th 
TD Convention Center 
1 Exposition Dr. | Greenville, SC  
Presented by: 
Piedmont Natural Gas
In 2015, TATT traveled to Greenwood, Union, Laurens, and Oconee Counties. Participants spent each day immersed in the county learning about economic development, community culture, education, and interacted with county leadership.
So, you don't miss the first stop of 2016 to Pickens County on Wednesday, April 20th. 
A busy day in Pickens will include the JB "Red" Owens Sports Complex, walking tours of downtown Easley and Pickens highlighting the Old Market Square, the Outdoor Amphitheater, the Doodle Trail, and a tour of Hagood Mill. There will be several discussions and tours of the booming economy throughout the county with presentations from elected officials, business and community leaders. Participants will enjoy lunch prepared by students at the Pickens County Career & Technology Center. And a day spent in Pickens County would not be complete without highlighting the valuable education assets of Southern Wesleyan University and Clemson University. 
Space is limited, so register today by clicking below!
Erin Ouzts has recently returned to the private sector to support new ventures in our Upstate through her company, LaunchPad Ventures, LLC, after successfully launching the GreenHouse Business Incubator at The George, USC Upstate - the first technology and knowledge-based business incubator in Spartanburg. "The fastest way to support yourself and your community is to learn and embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, which in turn, creates more businesses from scratch, more jobs and grows the overall size of the economic pie," she says.
There is no better position than Ten at the Top's Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force co-chair to have the same amount of reach and impact. Erin believes that social stability and long-term economic growth is accomplished through economic self-sufficiency, and she is passionate about creating better economic futures for residents of the Upstate.
An avid cook, Erin loves spending time at the Hub City Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings because of the fresh, local foods as well as the vibrant atmosphere and friendly faces. She has resided in the Upstate for the past nine years, and enjoys raising her children in a small community close to family. 

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

Recent feature stories include: 
Gaffney and the Giant Peach

LiveWell Greenville: Making Living Better for Five Years

Leaders Learn to Leverage Diversity at DLI
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