10th Anniversary County Workshops
Ten Years of Connecting the Upstate
Ten years ago, when Ten at the Top started, we held a series of workshops in each county to ask business and community leaders as well as interested residents what matters most looking to the Upstate’s future—and the input we got has guided our work over the last decade.
With 2019 being TATT’s 10th anniversary year, we’re returning to each county, but this time the content of the workshops relates directly to an issue that the counties are addressing or would like to explore. And because we’ve been connecting the Upstate for 10 years, we’ll bring people from other communities where that issue has been successfully addressed.
Workshop series presenting sponsor:
Laurens County: Cultivating Community Investment—June 13th
The Laurens County Workshop took place on June 13th, with a focus on Cultivating Community Investment. Allen Smith, the President and CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, shared how Spartanburg has created a community culture that is investing in a wide range of initiatives that are helping to grow the physical infrastructure and the social capital within the Spartanburg community. Also participating in the program were Greenwood County Council Member Theo Lane, Greenville area Community Volunteer Lisa Stevens and Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Angelle LaBorde.
In addition, leaders from within Laurens County shared some potential ideas and opportunities for cultivating community investment within Laurens County.
Community feedback was solicited from participants about their vision for Laurens County, using the following questions (click on the question to view responses):
Union County: Cultivating Community Through Entrepreneurship & Messaging—July 23rd
The Union County Workshop took place on July 23rd in USC Union’s Truluck Gym, with the focus being on Cultivating Community Through Entrepreneurship and Messaging.
Janet Hartman, the Executive Director of the Oconee Economic Alliance, shared how Oconee County has developed an inclusive economic development and community messaging program through Destination Oconee and the “Think Oconee” campaign.
Erin Ouzts, Chair of the Upstate Entrepreneur Support Providers Network and LeKesa Whitner, with Community Works and the Northside Development Group’s StartMe program, and Patty Bock from the City of Spartanburg provided an overview of how to build opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners within a community.
Community feedback was solicited from participants about their vision for Union County, using the following questions (click on the question to view responses):
Abbeville County: Growing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses—September 9th
The Abbeville County Workshop took place on September 9th with the focus being on Growing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses.
Speakers included Erin Ouzts, Chair of Ten at the Top’s Upstate Entrepreneur Support Providers Network; Dave Eldridge, CEO of Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation; and Brian “Zig” Ziegelheafer, Co-Founder and Leader of BGEN, Gaffney’s small business incubator. They provided an overview of how to build opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners within a community.
Greenwood County: Cultivating Transportation Solutions: Models for Mobility—September 16th
The Greenwood County Workshop took place on September 16th with the focus being on Cultivating Transportation Solutions: Models for Mobility.
Speakers included Keith Scott, Transit Director for Electric City Transit; Paige Stephenson, President and CEO of United Way of the Piedmont; and Neil Semcheski, Rideshare Senior Sales Executive for Enterprise Holdings. They spoke about programs, partnerships, and innovative solutions for meeting transportation needs.
Pickens County: Next Steps for County Connectivity: Messaging, Marketing, and Mobility—September 30th
The Pickens County Workshop will take place on September 30th from noon–2:00 p.m. at Tri-County Technical College–Easley Campus (1774 Powdersville Rd., Easley, SC), with the focus being on Next Steps for County Connectivity: Marketing, Messaging, and Mobility.
The workshop will touch on various meanings of connectivity, from a unified county identity and message to aspects of transportation and mobility. On both a literal and a metaphorical level, the goal of the workshop is to find ways to connect the entirety of Pickens County.
The Pickens County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Lunch will be provided.
Oconee County: Make the Connection: Oconee County Trails and Greenways—October 17th
The Oconee County Workshop will take place on October 17th from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Electric (2328 Sandifer Blvd., Westminster, SC), with the topic being Make the Connection: Oconee County Trails and Greenways.
Speakers will be Ty Houck, Director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources for the Greenville County Recreation District, and Brandy Amidon, Mayor of Travelers Rest, and both will talk about the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Houck will talk about the nuts and bolts of getting a trail system build, and Amidon will talk about the impact the trail has had on the town of Travelers Rest.
The Oconee County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Lunch will be provided.
Spartanburg County: Beyond Recruiting Talent: Elevating Professionalism—October 29th
The Spartanburg County Workshop will take place on October 29th from 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Milliken & Company Customer Center (920 Milliken Road, Spartanburg, SC), with the topic being Beyond Recruiting Talent: Elevating Professionalism.
Speakers and panelists will address the challenges faced by professionals in Spartanburg who want to advance in their career and discuss ingredients needed to retain talent and elevate professionalism. Milliken’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Craig Haydamack, will talk about career pathways both generally and within Milliken, and participants will have time for table discussion that will lead to next steps for the community.
The Spartanburg County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Lunch will be provided.
Cherokee County: Ingredients for Success: Moving to the Next Level—November 14th
The Cherokee County Workshop will take place on November 14th from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Institute of Innovation Cherokee County (175 Campus Drive, Gaffney, SC), with the focus being on Ingredients for Community Success: Moving to the Next Level.
Local speakers will set the context, highlighting the progress that has been made in Cherokee County with programs like Know2 and the BGEN small business incubator, and outside speakers will talk about how to address issues that the county still faces, such as housing and collaboration between the county and towns. An interactive element will have participants prioritizing what they feel is most important to tackle to move to the next level.
The Cherokee County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., and the program will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Anderson County: Education and Employment: Next Steps for Success—November 18th
The Anderson County Workshop will take place on November 18th from 9:00–11:00 a.m. at Western Upstate Association of Realtors (600 McGee Road, Anderson, SC), with the topic being Education and Employment: Next Steps for Success.
Speakers and panelists will showcase the positive steps the county has taken to improve educational opportunities from preK through higher education, and then discuss barriers to employment—such as transportation, housing, banking, and childcare—that exist, making it difficult for people to reach their potential.
The Anderson County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Thank you to our sponsors, who make these county workshops possible!
Workshop Series Leading Sponsors:
Hometown Heroes Series Sponsor:
Workshop Series Benefactor Level Supporters:
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
Laurens Electric Cooperative
Maddrey & Associates
Sherman College of Chiropractic Medicine
Workshop Series Advocate Level Supporters:
Anderson Area Joint Water Districe
Better Business Bureau of Upstate SC
Broad River Electric
City of Anderson
City of Easley
City of Greer
Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine
Greenville Technical College
GSP International Airport
Little River Electric Cooperative
Upstate Home Care Solutions
Upstate SC Alliance