Community Vibrancy


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

Recognizing that each city, town and village within the Upstate has its own unique charm, character and history, it is important as we look toward the future to embrace and enhance these individual characteristics and features while also understanding how they collectively help give the region its own uniqueness. Creating communities that are pockets of activity and have a sense of place is vital to regional vibrancy, as these centers often serve as local gathering places. They can also become magnets for entrepreneurism and cultivate economic success.

Get Involved

To get involved with a Community Vibrancy initiative, please contact Sharon Purvis, Director of Outreach and Special Projects.



A community vibrancy digital campaign to highlight the wonderful aspects of the Upstate region of South Carolina.

Hughes Investments ELEVATE UPSTATE Grant

Identifies and provides initial funding support for community-based programs that promote vibrancy in local areas across the Upstate.

Community Vibrancy How-To Guides

Resources for Upstate communities who seek to plan a community vibrancy initiative.

TATT partnered with USC Upstate Urban Planning & Policy classes to develop a 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 and recreation, events and programs and arts and culture.

Facilitate the annual Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants. Since 2013, more than $80,000 has been awarded to 24 communities from across the region to develop vibrancy initiatives through these grants.

TATT created a series of regional “How To” guides for cultivating vibrancy initiatives within a community.

Conducted a regional inventory and unveiled a set of interactive maps powered by Google showcasing the more than 1,300 arts and culture organizations and initiatives in the Upstate. Click here to view.

TATT created the #UpstateVibe365 social media campaign to promote community initiatives and activities in the region.