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):

  1. What is something you love about Laurens County?
  2. What is something you wish was different?
  3. What do you want Laurens County to be?
  4. What are barriers to making that happen?
  5. If you could invest resources in one thing for Laurens County, what would it be?

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):

  1. What is something you love about Union County?
  2. What is something you would change?
  3. What do you want Union County to be?
  4. What message do you want Union County to send?
  5. What resources do you think should be available for entrepreneurs/small business owners?

Abbeville County: Growing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses—September 9th

The Abbeville County Workshop will take place on September 9th with the focus being on Growing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses. 

Speakers will include 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 will provide an overview of how to build opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners within a community.

The Abbeville County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Lunch will be provided.

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Greenwood County: Cultivating Transportation Solutions: Models for Mobility—September 16th

The Greenwood County Workshop will take place on September 16th with the focus being on Cultivating Transportation Solutions: Models for Mobility. 

Speakers will be Keith Moody, General Manager of CATbus/Clemson Area Transit; Paige Stephenson, President and CEO of United Way of the Piedmont, and Neil Semcheski, Rideshare Senior Sales Executive for Enterprise Holdings. They will talk about programs, partnerships, and innovative solutions for meeting transportation needs.

The Greenwood County Workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Lunch will be provided.

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Pickens County: Cultivating Community Through Connectivity: Messaging, Marketing, and Mobility—September 30th

The Pickens County Workshop will take place on September 30th with the focus being on Cultivating Community Through 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 metophorical 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.

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Oconee County—October 17th

Details coming!

Thank you to our sponsors, who make these county workshops possible!

Workshop Series Leading Sponsors: 

Hometown Heroes Series Sponsor:

Workshop Series Benefactor Level Supporters:

 

AnMed Health

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative

Duke Energy

Laurens Electric Cooperative

Maddrey & Associates

Oconee County

Sherman College of Chiropractic Medicine

 

Workshop Series Advocate Level Supporters:

 

AFL

Anderson Area Joint Water Districe

A.T. Locke

Barnet Development

Better Business Bureau of Upstate SC

Bonitz

Broad River Electric

Craig Brown

City of Anderson

City of Easley

City of Greer

Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine

Greenville Technical College

GSP International Airport

Irv Welling

Little River Electric Cooperative

Lockheed Martin

Ogletree Deakins

Sealevel Systems

Spectrum Reach

TD Bank

Upstate Home Care Solutions

Upstate SC Alliance

Irv Welling