Ten at the Top Creates Regional Bus Day Trips: Heading to Greenwood on March 12th

Upstate, SC [February 25, 2015] – In 2015 Ten at the Top is continuing efforts to bring together leaders and residents from across the Upstate by creating the “Upstate Bus Tour… Getting to Know Your Neighbors” quarterly tours to communities across the region. The first stop will be to Greenwood on March 12th. The bus tour will leave from Greenville at 8:30 am and return by 4:30 pm and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Upstate region.

“The Upstate is full of special places that are working to grow their economic vibrancy while also enhancing the quality of life and educational opportunities for their local residents,” said Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top. “We hope this new bus tour will provide an opportunity to learn about those communities and continue sharing ideas for how to keep the Upstate special.”

Greenwood is rich with history, economic growth, and a growing downtown. The day trip will start with a tour of economic development sites across the region led by Heather Jones, CEO of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance. The morning session will also include updates from the city and county, Greater Greenwood Arts Council, and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce as well as a walking tour of downtown Greenwood.

The afternoon session will take participants to the internationally recognized Greenwood Genetic Center for a tour and also include briefings from Self Regional Hospital and around workforce and education initiatives in the county.

“Greenwood is a model for how a community can work strategically and collaboratively to make themselves economically competitive and a great place to live and raise a family. It is the perfect place to kick off our quarterly bus excursions across the Upstate,” Hybl added.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about Greenwood in one action-packed, educational, and fun day. The tour is limited to only 50 participants and is filling quickly. The cost for the day is $25, including transportation, program, and lunch. Register today by clicking HERE or contacting Ashley Downing, at 864-283-2317 or adowning@tenatthetop.org. Reservation deadline is March 9th.
About Ten at the Top

Comprised of public, private and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to build regional trust and encourage regional collaboration through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. For more information, visit www.tenatthetop.org.

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Upstate Public School Leaders to Meet Thursday

Upstate, SC [February 10, 2015] – More than 80 school board members and district superintendents from across the Upstate region are expected to participate in the first-ever Upstate School Boards & Superintendents Meeting, which is being coordinated by Ten at the Top (TATT) and will be held on Thursday, February 12th from 2-5 pm on the campus of USC Upstate in Spartanburg.

There are 23 public school districts within the ten counties of the Upstate. The February 12th meeting will provide leaders from the districts with an opportunity to share best practices and discuss opportunities for future collaboration. The education leaders will also work to craft a regional message about education to share with other leaders from across the region during an upcoming Upstate Elected Officials Meeting.

“School districts in the Upstate each have some unique challenges,” said TATT Executive Director Dean Hybl. “However, they also have many common goals and are all doing amazing things to enhance the education opportunities for their students. This regional gathering will allow them to learn from each other while also discussing how to grow the regional education capacity.”
The meeting will include breakout sessions with districts sharing best practices around the topics of “Increasing the Value of a High School Diploma” and “Innovative Instructional Strategies and Delivery”. The program will conclude with a message from the Honorable Rita Allison, Chair of the House Education and Public Works Committee, and a networking reception.

About Ten at the Top
Comprised of public, private and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to build regional trust and encourage regional collaboration through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. For more information, visit www.tenatthetop.org.

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