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 will take place on July 23rd with the focus being on Cultivating Community Through Entrepreneurship and Messaging. 

Shaping a Community Message: Janet Hartman, the Executive Director of the Oconee Economic Alliance,  will discuss how Oconee County has developed an inclusive economic development and community messaging program through Destination Oconee and the “Think Oconee” campaign.

Empowering the Entrepreneurial Spirit: Erin Ouzts, Chair of the Upstate Entrepreneur Support Providers Network and LeKesa Whitaker, with Community Works and the Northside Development Group’s StartMe program, will provide an overview of how to build opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners within a community.

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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: 

Workshop Series Benefactor Level Supporters:


Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Duke Energy

Erwin Maddrey

Oconee County

Sherman College of Chiropractic Medicine


Workshop Series Advocate Level Supporters:



Better Business Bureau

City of Easley

Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine

Greenville Technical College

Irv Welling

Little River Electric Cooperative

Lockheed Martin

TD Bank

Upstate Home Care Solutions

Upstate SC Alliance

Ogletree Deakins