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July 5, 2016 - Vol 7. Issue 7

56 Regional Engagements in 2016              576 Regional Engagements Since 2010    
1,889 Participants in 2016                             28,223 Participants Since 2010         
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UPSTATE REGIONAL SUMMIT INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: 
ON SALE NOW!

The 2016 Upstate Regional Summit, presented by BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina, will take place on Tuesday, September 13th.
 
Individual tickets are on sale now. 
 
Early bird prices are available July 1st - July 31st.
  • Nonprofit & Government Entities $25 
  • General Admission $40
Prices will increase August 1st to $35 & $50.
Click the Link below to purchase your ticket today!
LAST CHANCE FOR SPONSORSHIPS!
Now is your last chance to purchase sponsorships! There are several key spots still available including: 
  • Luncheon and Keynote Sponsor
  • Vision Driver Breakout Session Sponsors
  • Table Sponsors 

Contact Ashley Downing to secure your sponsorship today!

 

*Table Plus - SOLD OUT

UPSTATE SUMMIT KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 
GEOFF COLVIN
Senior Editor-at-Large for Fortune Magazine, Geoff Colvin will serve as the Keynote Speaker at the Upstate Regional Summit on September 13th.

Colvin is well known for his contributions to Fortune Magazine, CBS Radio, and he has published several books. 

Currently Colvin has much to say about the state of the economy. In "Sizing Up Brexit's Damage to American Business" he discusses that the old model of predicting the market has gone out the window and the race is on to find the new model to understand and predict the market.

At the Upstate Summit, Colvin will be discussing the qualities of great leaders and what it takes to be a leading place. In "Why Leaders Need to Know What Machines Can't Do" Colvin discusses one aspect of leaders, the importance of knowing the value of an employee and which jobs cannot be replaced by machines.
2016 STATE OF THE UPSTATE


Ten at the Top (TATT) in partnership with Greenville Business Magazine has produced the second State of the Upstate. Click the image to the right to check out the 2016 issue!
2016 ELEVATE UPSTATE GRANTS
Ten at the Top (TATT), through a funding commitment from Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments Inc., established the Hughes Investments Vibrancy Initiative: ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants (EU). The purpose of EU 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 will award two grants annually with each being for up to $5,000.

Initial interest forms and the 2016 Grant Application are now available. The deadline for completing the initial interest form is August 5th and the full applications are due by September 15th.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on eligibility, criteria, and to download the form.
THE UPSTATE BUS TOUR... SPARTANBURG COUNTY 
On Wednesday, June 22nd Ten at the Top hosted a sold out bus tour to Spartanburg County.

A full day in Spartanburg will included stops at the North Spartanburg Sports Complex, the Northside Community and Downtown Spartanburg including - the USC Upstate School of Business (The George), the Chapman Cultural Center and the growing business district. 
 
The group will also took a driving and walking tour through the Spartanburg Manufacturing corridor, including a tour of Kobelco and the Business Incubator at Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus. There were several discussions around the growing economy throughout the county with presentations from many of the counties colleges and education leaders. 

Will Rothschild (City of Spartanburg) and Claudia Albergotte (Johnson Development) provided the group with a glimpse into the new development projects currently underway and those coming in the future that will further the growth and redevelopment of many well known historic buildings in Downtown. 

Be on the lookout for details on the next stop... Cherokee County later this year!
TASK FORCE MEETING UPDATES
Community Vibrancy Task Force Meeting

Spartanburg County is taking great measures to ensure their cultural and historical assets are being recognized and utilized through Culture Counts. Culture Counts is a project that uses public input to identify and map artists, public art, performance and exhibition spaces, galleries, museums, and other cultural assets within the county. 

During the Community Vibrancy Task Force meeting on June 8th, Jennifer Evins, CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, presented on Culture Counts and the importance of expanding the project across the region. By having each county identify and inventory their cultural assets we can ensure the Upstate is recognized as a tourism destination for the arts and history, while at the same time growing the economy and increasing vibrancy within the region's many communities.

To view presentations from the meeting please click here.

Human Potential Task Force Meeting Recap

The many workgroups within the Human Potential Driver Area hit the ground running in 2016 - hosting 17 working meetings to date this year.

During the June 15th task force meeting attendees received updates on the progress of each of the workgroups. To view notes from Senior Issues Group and Child Well-Being Network meetings to date this year, please visit the Human Potential webpage on the Ten at the Top website.

In a special presentation attendees were able to learn about Upstate Warrior Solution, an organization that works to connect Upstate veterans and warriors with services and organizations that can help improve their quality of life. Focus areas of Upstate Warrior Solution include housing, healthcare, career, education, and family support. Visit their website, www.upstatewarriorsolution.org, to learn more.
CLEAN AIR UPSTATE ANNOUNCES NEW GRANT PROGRAM HONORING CLEAN AIR ADVOCATE
Through a partnership with Duke Energy, Clean Air Upstate is pleased to announce the J. Dan Powell Electric Vehicle Charging Station Matching Grant Program. The program is named in memory of J. Dan Powell, who was a tremendous advocate for clean air in the Upstate and helped encourage Clean Air Upstate to pursue funding for electric vehicle charging stations prior to his passing in November 2015 after a courageous battle against lung cancer.

There is a total of $15,000 currently available in the program to fund up to five EV charging stations across the Upstate region. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-receive, reimbursable basis for applicants that meet the program criteria and agree to install a free public accessible electric vehicle charging station in their community.

"We are very pleased that this grant program is able to recognize the memory of a great community and clean air advocate," said Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top. "Dan pushed our committee and many others at the local, state and national levels to continue pursuing all opportunities available to make our air cleaner.
 
For more details about the Clean Air Upstate campaign and tips for how to make our air cleaner, please check out www.cleanairupstate.org
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UNIQUELY UPSTATE FEATURE STORIES
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:  

South Carolina's First Food Co-op Now Open in Spartanburg
Pickens County Dream Center Offers a Hand Up
Greenville's Peace Center Looks to a Future of Artistic Programming
Economic Activity in Laurens County
4th of July Celebrations in the Upstate

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