Upstate, SC – Ten at the Top, an organization created to foster collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate, will focus the first Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2013 on the topic of Workforce and Skill Development. The forum, which is free and open to the public, is being held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at BMW Zentrum (1400 Highway 101 South, Greer, SC 29651). A networking reception will immediately follow the forum.

    The overall theme for the 2013 Forum Series is “Destination 2030: Thinking BIG and BOLD About the Future of the Upstate.” Each forum will focus on a different topic and look at short, middle and long term opportunities that can help ensure that the Upstate in 2030 is universally recognized as a leader in that particular area. Workforce and Skill Development has been identified by business, education and economic leaders as one of the most critical issues facing the Upstate region, as well as the entire United States, when looking toward future growth and economic success.

    Many organizations are currently engaged in Workforce and Skill Development at some level and the January 31st Forum will include an overview of Workforce and Skill Development in the Upstate; who is working on this issue, what is being done about it, and how it is funded.

    Josh Copus, with the National Association of Workforce Boards, will share what innovative ideas are working around the country. Copus will analyze what other areas are doing to become “cutting edge” in the Workforce and Skill Development area. He will dig deeper into specific examples of what is being done and how they have been able to succeed. On a larger scale, Copus will explain how these areas have been able to create community buy-in and political will to help them succeed.

    Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top, will lead an interactive discussion where the attendees and “BIG and BOLD subject experts” will be encouraged to suggest and brainstorm ideas they believe will help to push the Upstate to the forefront of Workforce and Skill Development. The open discussion will include ideas on how to enhance current efforts as well as to grow middle and long term opportunities that focus on collaboration and maximizing resources across the Upstate.

    The Our Upstate Vision Forum Series began in 2012 with four TATT hosting four forums across the Upstate. The Series continues in 2013 with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina serving as the Series Premier Sponsor. The Workforce and Skill Development Forum is being hosted by TATT in partnership with the four Workforce Investment Boards in the region.

    There is no cost to attend the forum, but attendees are asked to register in advance at www.tenatthetop.org. Registration deadline is January 30th. For more information contact Ten at the Top at 864.283.2313.