Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together

Community Vibrancy

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

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Though we have made much progress in reinvigorating the downtowns and urban areas within the Upstate, we will continue our efforts.
We will maintain and grow the vibrancy of the region’s small towns and special places. As we embrace our rich history and heritage, we will also continue to grow opportunities to enjoy and participate in cultural, entertainment and recreational activities.


  • Partnered with USC Upstate Urban Planning & Policy classes to develop list of more than 50 “great ideas” created by communities across the state and country that have increased vibrancy in their community around the areas of neighborhoods, downtowns, parks & recreation, events & programs and arts & culture
  • Hosted four workshops across the Upstate where “great idea” experts shared insight into how they enhanced community vibrancy in their community through local initiatives
  • Partnered with Hughes Investments ELEVATE UPSTATE Community Vibrancy Grants program, which will award two $5,000 grants per year for the next five years to help local communities or neighborhoods grow their own vibrancy initiative

Community Vibrancy Initiatives

Community Vibrancy Task Force
Envision a region where every community - from the smallest to the largest - was vibrant and the citizens had pride in their community. Ten at the Top's Community Vibrancy Task Force is working to make that vision a reality. The task force is comprised of business and community leaders, educators, non profit organization representatives, elected officials, and interested citizens who meet three to four times per year to discuss ways communities can become more vibrant. 

Who's a member of the Community Vibrancy Task Force?

Click Here for a List of Members

Find recent meeting notes below:

June 8, 2016 Meeting Notes

June 8, 2016 Meeting Presentations

September 1, 2015 Meeting Notes

April 30, 2015 Meeting Presentation

January 15, 2015 Meeting Notes

Are you interested in joining the Community Vibrancy Task Force? Just fill out the contact form below!

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Community Vibrancy How-To Guides
During the Spring semester of 2015, USC Upstate students worked with community leaders who have carried out different projects in their community. Students interviewed these leaders to outline best practices, lessons learned, and frequently asked questions which were used to create five different how-to guides which are intended to assist communities in planning a similar initiative.

Click Here to View How-To Guides

Hughes Investments ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants
Ten at the Top (TATT), through a funding commitment from Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments Inc., has established the Hughes Investments Vibrancy Initiative: ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants (EU). The purpose of the ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants 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 (total of $10,000 per year for five years) from 2013-2017 to entities including neighborhood associations, civic or community based organizations, non-profit organizations or local governments that are committed to developing and implementing programs designed to increase local vibrancy in communities within the Upstate.

Click Here for Additional Grant Information

To get involved in the Community Vibrancy task force, please contact Dewey Evans, Program Manager.

Committee Chair:

R.P. Rama, JHM Hotels

Ready to get involved?
Check out our events webpage to register for upcoming meetings.