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May 2, 2016 - Vol 7. Issue 5

43 Regional Engagements in 2016              563 Regional Engagements Since 2010    
1,449 Participants in 2016                             27,783 Participants Since 2010         
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On Tuesday, April 26th, Upstate business leaders & workforce organizations gathered at the Our Upstate Vision Forum focusing on the Upstate's Untapped Workforce.

With the overall unemployment rate in the Upstate hovering around 5%, identifying and providing training and opportunities for all residents interested in being part of the workforce is crucial. Trent Acker, with Worklink and Ann Angermeier, with the Upstate Workforce Investment Board provided an overview of the current workforce situation in the region while also providing some examples of programs geared towards increasing employment opportunities for the untapped workforce segments..

One of the best examples of a company focusing on employing individuals with disabilities as a business model is the Walgreens Distribution Center in Anderson County. At the time of the facility opening in 2004, a third of the employees (roughly 200) had some level of disability. The facility has become Walgreens most productive distribution center in the country and continues to hire individuals with various disabilities at equal wages as part of their employment strategy.

Keynote speaker Randy Lewis, former Senior VP of Wallgreens and the father of a child with Autism,  discussed what inspired the staffing strategies at the center. He pointed out that hiring individuals with disabilities not only brought business success but also raised awareness for other companies to stop overlooking this large population of hardworking, reliable, and capable workforce.

Reflecting on his son's disability Lewis had this to say, "A job can make a different, it changes the arc of life. It can mean independence; it can mean friends; it can mean all of the things that we as parents hope for."

Lewis travels around the country and internationally to inspire other companies and organizations to consider implementing these employee strategies. It's not as hard as one may think. 

To learn more about the forum, please visit www.tenatthetop.org and to watch the forum in its entirety, visit the Ten at the Top YouTube Channel by clicking below.
New members of the Ten at the Top Board of Directors are (from left to right in the picture):  
Susanne Hite, AFL
Susan Jackson, The Renaissance and Due West City Council
James Brown, Fluor Corporation
Laura Stille, Spartanburg City Council 
David Eldridge, Tri-County Business Development Corporation
The TATT Board of Directors is composed of public, private and civic leaders from across the 10-county Upstate region. TATT board members are charged with representing the region and their community in fostering trust and collaboration across the region on issues of regional significance, serving as an advocate for regional thinking within their specific city or county, assisting TATT in engaging elected officials, business and community leaders, and supporting general organizational functions.
The 2016 Upstate Regional Summit: Creating a Leading Region will take place on September 13 at the TD Convention Center. There are several sponsorship opportunities remaining. With an expected attendance between 850 and 1,000 regional stakeholders, the Summit is an excellent chance to get your company or organization in front of the regions top business and community leaders.

Please visit www.TenattheTop.org for sponsorship information or contact Ashley Downing at 864-283-2317.

*Sponsorships are continuously being secured, please contact Ashley for availability 
Current Sponsorship Packet
MAY 12th
City, County and State Elected Officials as well as area Business Leaders are invited to join us May 12th at Michelin's North America Headquarters Auditorium for the first Upstate Elected Officials Meeting of 2016.

The topic for the session will be: 
Growing Business in Your Community
The program will include a presentation by David Shellhorse from ACOG on the Entrepreneurial Friendly Communities Tool Kit and a panel discussion facilitated by John Lummus with entrepreneurs/economic development leaders discussing some best practice examples of incubators and other entrepreneurial efforts being done by communities in the Upstate. 

Panelists include: 
Glenn Breed - City of Anderson
Dave Eldridge - Tri-County Business Development Corporation
The Honorable Mike Forrester - Spartanburg Community College
John Moore - NEXT

Following the meeting please plan on staying for a networking reception with other leaders from across the Upstate.

Register below or by contacting Tiffany Tate / 864-283-2313 
Upstate Professional Planners Meeting 
Wednesday, May 4th 1:00PM - 3:00PM 
Bon Secours St. Francis Millennium Campus 
2 Innovation Drive | Greenville, SC 

Natural Beauty & Resources Task Force Meeting 
Thursday, May 5th 10:00AM - 12:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Upstate Elected Officials Meeting Meeting 
Thursday, May 12th 3:00PM - 5:00PM 
Michelin Headquarters Auditorium 
1 Parkway South | Greenville, SC 
Upstate Regional Summit: Creating a Leading Region 
Thursday, September 13th 
TD Convention Center 
1 Exposition Dr. | Greenville, SC  
Dyke Spencer has been passionate about solving daily issues created by the environment ever since he was a young child. He enjoys working at Powdersville Water because his efforts result in a product that will sustain every life. As Co-Chair for Ten at the Top's Natural Beauty & Resources Task Force, Dyke believes that collaboration and regional planning is necessary if you want a great place to live. "It doesn't happen by accident," he said.
Powdersville Water was recently the first water system in South Carolina and the11th system in North America to receive a national award regarding system operations. The award was a significant achievement for both Dyke and the community as a whole. He strives to take common sense approaches to instances that may be baffling to others. "I am very motivated to change things for the better, seek opportunity in everything that I do, and live life with passion."
An avid golfer, Dyke's favorite place to be is on the Walker Golf course in Clemson overlooking Death Valley. Dyke has called the Upstate home for the past 11 years, but he grew up in the Midlands and raised his kids in the Low Country. He will always call South Carolina home.
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:  

Living History in the Upstate
Farmers Markets in the Upstate

Oconee County: An Ideal Vacation Spot
Manufacturing a Stronger Laurens County

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