GREENVILLE, S.C. – On August 19 th , elected leaders from the cities and counties within the 10-county Upstate will assemble for the first-ever Upstate Elected Officials Update, to be held from 4-5 p.m. at the BMW Zentrum.

    This leadership forum is being hosted by the Appalachian Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Ten at the Top, Upper Savannah Regional Council of Governments, Upstate Chamber Coalition, Upstate Forever and the Upstate SC Alliance.

    The event is being billed as a great opportunity for County/City leadership to interact with other elected leaders from the region and to learn more about how regional organizations from across the Upstate are all working toward enhancing collaboration, economic vitality and other elements of the quality of life for Upstate residents.

    “All elected leaders in the region have a role in shaping the future of the Upstate,” said Dean Hybl, Executive Director of Ten at the Top. “We hope that having regional updates where these key leaders can get to know each other and learn more about what regional organizations are doing to advance the Upstate will be helpful as they look at the future for their local community.”

    During the one-hour meeting, each regional group will update the elected leaders on their organizational mission, current activities and overall role within the Upstate.

    “A big reason for doing this event is to show the elected leaders there is no duplication of services amongst the regional organizations. Because we have never all stood together to outline our missions and roles, often you hear that there is a perception amongst some leaders within the region that our organizations are duplicating efforts. We want to clear the air on that issue by being real honest in illustrating that each regional group is extremely focused on a set program of work that differs from the others, but ultimately is complimentary. At the end of the day, each of us wants the Upstate to achieve a higher quality of life but it takes what each regional organization is doing to help gets us down that path” stated Hal Johnson, Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO.