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Elected Officials Meeting April 30th


Please plan on joining other city, county and state elected and business leaders for a special Elected Officials session in which Upstate public school superintendents and school board members will provide insight into the role public education plays in developing human potential, workforce readiness and economic vibrancy across the Upstate region. The second Upstate Elected Officials Meeting for 2015 will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 3:00PM-5:00PM at Fisher Middle School. Following the meeting there will be a reception to allow for continued conversation and networking.

Check out our YouTube Channel for videos from the Upstate Elected Officials Meeting that took place on Friday, March 20th. Panelists discuss SC Transportation Funding

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The Upstate Bus Tour... Getting to Know Your Neighbors
June 18th

Second Stop, Union County
Join Ten at the Top for our Second Upstate Bus Tour as we travel to Union County on June 18th.

More details to come, stay tuned!

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Upcoming Events


Community Vibrancy Task Force Meeting
Thursday, April 30th 8:00AM – 10:00AM
USC Upstate
800 University Way | Spartanburg, SC
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Shaping our Future Speaker Series:
Dollars and Sense of Quality Development
Tuesday, May 19th 3:00PM-5:00PM
Reception to Follow
Crowne Plaza
851 Congaree Road | Greenville, SC
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Our Upstate Vision Forum Series:
Innovation & the Changing Landscape of Healthcare
Tuesday, June 2nd 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Reception to follow
The Crowne Plaza
851 Congaree Road | Greenville, SC
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2015 Shaping Our Future Speaker Series:

"The Dollars and Sense of Development Patterns"
Keynote Speaker: Joe Minicozzi, Principal at Urban3, LLC
May 19th


What is the economic impact of development patterns on county and municipal budgets? How do location and building type affect cost of services such as sewer, water and utilities, not to mention property tax revenue production?

Across the country municipalities and counties are facing budget shortfalls and even bankruptcy. According to Joseph Minicozzi, AICP, if local governments better understood the impact of land use decisions on budget bottom lines, they may approach those decisions differently.

EGRportrait At the second event in the 2015 Shaping Our Future speaker series, Mr. Minicozzi will provide a basic overview of how property tax policy impacts county and municipal budgets and basic lessons in the cost to serve varying development types. He will demonstrate how the design of cities impacts both counties and their incorporated municipalities and how more compact development patterns generally make better economic sense in the long run. Finally, he will share land-use policy ideas and incentive programs that have been used by other localities to encourage economically sustainable development.

The event will also include presentations from Upstate governments who have experienced the positive impacts of investing in their downtown core areas - and the dangers of growing without asking whether that growth will pay for itself in the long run - as well as a representative from the National Association of Homebuilders to report on market trends as evidenced by their recent national consumer preference poll, with a focus on what millennials are looking for in their first home purchase.

The event will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on May 19th at the Crowne Plaza in Greenville with a networking reception to follow. Cost to attend is $10 and advance registration is required.

This Regional Forum is also serving as the second 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.

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2015 Our Upstate Vision Forum Series:

"Innovation and The Changing Landscape of Healthcare"
Keynote Speaker: Thornton Kirby, President/CEO of the SC Hospital Association
June 2nd


As we continue to look at the Upstate region and issues that are crucial both today and as the region continues to grow and develop, cultivating a culture where personal health is promoted and access to essential and innovative care is readily available is crucial.

The Upstate is fortunate to have a number of nationally recognized health systems that provide Upstate residents with valuable services that promote personal health. In addition, as the landscape around providing health services has changed, providers and local communities across the Upstate have developed innovative mechanisms designed to help make it easier for all residents to receive needed health services and participate in innovative programs designed to support personal health.

During the Our Upstate Vision Forum on June 2nd we will hear from Thornton Kirby, President & CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association to learn about the changing healthcare landscape and how those challenges are being addressed across South Carolina. We will also learn about some of the innovative programs being initiated here in the Upstate focused on ensuring that this region is recognized both today and into the future as a leading place for health care and innovation.

The forum will be held from 3:00PM-5:00PM with a reception to follow. The cost to attend the forum is $10 and registration is required*.

Tornton Kirby Thornton Kirby has served as President & CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association since 2005. In that role he interacts with hospital CEOs, physicians, state and federal legislators, agency heads, business leaders, and educators to represent our state's hospital community.


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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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