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 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.
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.
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.
Oconee County—October 17th
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