Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together

<h2>The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Your Neighbors</h2>

The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Your Neighbors

March 12th

First Stop, Greenwood!

Join Ten at the Top as we embark on the Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Your Neighbors. The first stop on the tour will take us to Greenwood on March 12th.

Greenwood is rich with history, economic growth, and a booming downtown. The day will also include briefings from a number of key local business, community and education leaders along with a tour of the internationally recognized Greenwood Genetic Center.

This is an exclusive and rare opportunity to learn about Greenwood's economic development, enjoy a guided walk about downtown, and tour the Genetic Center. There are only 50 spots available, so be sure to secure your spot today. Cost for the day is $25*, including transportation, program and lunch.

The bus will leave for Greenwood from the Ten at The Top Offices at 124 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville at 8:30 am. We will make a stop at the Hot Spot, a midway point at 11504 August Road, Honea Path by 9:15 am to pick up any participants that would like to join the group on the bus from a more convenient location.

Special thanks to our Upstate Bus Tour Sponsors
Series Sponsor: Piedmont Natural Gas
Local Sponsors: The Self Family Foundation and Countybank

Click the link below to register today!

<h2>Elected Officials Meeting</h2>

Elected Officials Meeting

March 20th

One of the most significant issues currently being discussed at all levels of government is transportation and infrastructure. Already this year, the Governor has announced her transportation plan and the South Carolina Legislature has discussed a number of plans to fix roads and bridges across the state.

The first Upstate Elected Officials Meeting for 2015 will focus on this crucial subject and how we can work collectively across the Upstate to ensure that local, regional and state concerns are addressed.

Following the meeting there will be a light lunch available.


2015 Our Upstate Vision Forum Series:

Overcoming the Failure to Act: Investing in Transportation & Infrastructure
Keynote Speaker, Former Governor of Pennsylvania, ED RENDELL!
April 9th

As the Upstate region continues to grow from 1.4 million residents today to a projected 1.62 million in 2030, ensuring proper transportation and infrastructure that supports business and employment growth while continuing to get people and freight from place to place is crucial.

Like many areas across the country, the Upstate region has struggled with the challenges associated with maintaining and improving transportation and infrastructure programs. How to Overcome the Failure to Act is a topic being debated not just here in South Carolina, but in communities all over the country.

During the first Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2015, Ed Rendell, the former two-term Governor of the State of Pennsylvania and co-chair of the national organization Building America's Future, will provide insight into why it is crucial to move past the politics and work collaboratively to ensure that South Carolina and the rest of the United States is positioned to maintain and grow its place as a global economic power.

The forum will also include a presentation from the American Society of Civil Engineers focused on the benefits of investing in a robust multimodal infrastructure network, including roads, bridges, and public transportation, and the ramifications of not doing so. Completing the program will be examples of current Upstate efforts that are working to reduce traffic congestion and support transportation programs in the region.

The forum will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on April 9th at the Greenville Marriott with a networking reception to follow. Cost to attend is $10 and advance registration is required.

This Regional Forum is also serving as the first in the Shaping Our Future Speaker Series, a regional collaboration between Ten at the Top, Upstate Forever, the Riley Institute at Furman University, the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, and the Upstate SC Alliance. The goal of the series is to inspire dialogue regarding the connections between land use decisions, transportation options, housing choices and quality of life.

EGRportrait About Governor Rendell: After 34 years of public service, including 24 as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving as Mayor of the City of Philadelphia (1992-2000) and Governor of the State of Pennsylvania (2003-2011). His commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to fostering investment in our nation's crumbling infrastructure remains strong. Among his current endeavors, Governor Rendell serves along with former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger as co-chairs of Building America's Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation's prosperity and quality of life.


What's Next Upstate?

Since 2010, Ten at the Top has been leading conversations and regional task forces looking at how we can collaboratively address key issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life in the Upstate. As we look toward the next areas to focus on, we want to hear from you. Please share with us your ideas for what should be the next issues and opportunities to address in the Upstate. Share your ideas at What'sNextUpstate.com. Check out more about the 2014 Upstate Regional Summit here.

Regional Video

Why is Regional Collaboration important in the Upstate? Regional collaboration is a key part to the success of the Upstate. Some of Ten at the Top's Board Members explain what aspects of regional collaboration are important to their organizations.

View all the interviews here.

Our Upstate Vision Drivers

In 2011, Ten at the Top unveiled the Our Upstate Vision, which was the final result of a year-long conversation in which more than 10,000 Upstate residents contributed ideas and input on “What Matters Most” as we look toward the future of the region. One component of the vision was the identification of five “Regional Drivers” which now serve as the core focus areas for the work of Ten at the Top and its committees and task forces.
Human Potential
Human Potential

Creating opportunities for all Upstate residents to succeed.

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Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality
Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality

Growing the competitiveness of the Upstate in the global economy.

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Sustainable Growth
Sustainable Growth

Encouraging future growth in appropriate locations by means that enhance livability in the Upstate.

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Natural Beauty & Resources
Natural Beauty & Resources

Serving as reliable stewards of our natural environment and resources.

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Community Vibrancy
Community Vibrancy

Embracing the importance and heritage of the Upstate’s urban areas and small towns.

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Get Involved
Get Involved

Here are 4 ways you can become involved with Ten at the Top in 2015.

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