Upstate, SC [October 6, 2015] – Ten at the Top (TATT), an organization created to foster collaboration, partnerships and strategic planning across the Upstate, recently conducted the 500th regional engagement (presentations, forums, meetings, surveys) since the organization began its current phase in January 2010. The activities have included more than 25,500 participants from across the Upstate region.

    Ranging from issue-based task force meetings to presentations for community organizations or gatherings of hundreds of elected officials, community & business leaders and Upstate residents discussing key issues around the economic vitality or quality of life in the Upstate, each session has helped grow the spirit of collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate region.

    “TATT was created to serve as a regional connector and ‘safe place’ where stakeholders can discuss key cross-jurisdictional issues and how we can work collaboratively to make the Upstate stronger,” said Executive Director, Dean Hybl. “What a great milestone,” said TATT Founding Chairman, Irv Welling. “Regionalism is clearly gaining ground in the Upstate! We need to keep pulling our Upstate together to capitalize on our momentum and relevance!”

    The issues on which TATT has convened reginal meetings and encouraged collaboration focus around the five driver areas of the Our Upstate Vision (Which TATT developed through feedback from more than 10,000 Upstate residents). The specific topics on which TATT has convened meetings and forums include child well-being, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, senior issues, air quality attainment, food system planning, transportation and infrastructure, workforce and skill development and local community vibrancy.

    “Ten at the Top is bringing together and engaging leaders from all over the ten Upstate counties with a milestone of 500 regional engagement sessions,” said current TATT Chairperson, Carol Burdette. “Through these gatherings we are becoming a stronger region because our leaders are talking about and exploring solutions to problems facing the Upstate today and in the future.”

    There are currently more than 600 people participating on TATT committees and task forces. Check out to learn more about current activities and how to become engaged.