Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together.
WHAT'S UP AT TEN AT THE TOP?
AN INSIDERS LOOK

It could probably be considered an understatement to say that 2020 has been an unusual year. Like all other businesses and organizations, Ten at the Top has been forced to adjust and pivot multiple times over the last nine months.

As an organization that uses in-person convening as a primary tool for building collaboration and partnerships, the inability to hold in-person gatherings has definitely forced a change in how we engage the community. Fortunately, we were able to quickly move to online platforms and actually have seen an increase in the depth and breadth of community stakeholders we have been able to engage in conversations since the start of the pandemic.

In addition, while TATT has not been immune to seeing financial challenges during this time, we have been very fortunate to continue to receive support from our many partners (THANK YOU!!!). This has allowed us to focus on how TATT can play a role in ensuring the Upstate withstands the current health and economic challenges and is ultimately stronger individually and collectively.

Without getting into detail, below are a few of the initiatives and outreach efforts that TATT has led or supported over the past several months:
  • Creation of the Upstate COVID-19 Repository and continued social media outreach around resources and information related to the pandemic, census and other community activities.
  • Convening of the Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee, which has developed a series of recommendations for creating a safer and more united Upstate Region where all law enforcement stakeholders work collaboratively with community leaders to foster a culture that respects and values the lives of officers and all residents.
  • Focus through the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem on connecting Entrepreneur Support providers with resources available to help entrepreneurs and small business owners withstand the current economic challenges.
  • Effort through the Upstate Mobility Alliance to understand the challenges and grow the opportunities for increased transportation access in rural communities across the Upstate. Currently supporting specific efforts in Abbeville and Greenwood counties as well as collective efforts across the region.
  • Commissioned a Clemson University Graduate Student to provide an update to the Upstate Comprehensive Plan Study originally created in 2015.
  • Hosting workshops around a variety of topics including senior needs, air quality and land use planning.
  • Holding regular TATT CHAT sessions in which Upstate leaders have shared information and updates from across the region.
TATT UPSTATE UNSUNG HEROES VIRTUAL EVENT - NOVEMBER 18TH
REGISTER TODAY

Be sure to register today to join us on November 18th for the Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event. The event will include virtual networking from 11:00-11:30 am and then a live-streamed program from 11:30 am-12:45 pm.

The event will include the 2020 recipients of the Welling Award for Regional Collaboration and the Burdette Leadership Award. In addition, TATT will be recognizing the more than 130 individuals who have been nominated as Upstate Unsung Heroes for their work within Upstate communities.

The live stream event is free, though registration is requested. A special "event gift" will be sent to everyone who registers by November 11th.
JOIN TEN AT THE TOP FOR A TATT CHAT

Since early April, Ten at the Top has been hosting regular TATT CHATs, featuring leaders from across the Upstate sharing about local, regional and national elements of the COVID-19 pandemic and the community response. Here is a link to read and watch summaries from past sessions.

We are currently hosting TATT CHAT sessions every other Thursday through the end of December. The next TATT CHAT is scheduled for October 22nd and we will hear from Dr. Galen DeHay, President of Tri-County Technical College. The virtual meetings will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (join us starting at 2:40 p.m. for virtual networking before the call) and are open to anyone interested in staying connected with other leaders from across the Upstate.
CHECK OUT THE LATEST
STAYING ON TOP BLOGS

Each week the Staying on Top blog has featured leaders from across the Upstate sharing ideas and insights around their particular stakeholder area. Below are links to the most recent posts.

How Do You Thank a Teacher? Start at the Polls, Catherine Schumacher, President & CEO, Public Education Partners - Click Here to Read

Greenwood Counts: Measuring What Matters, Zeb Gantt, Community Research & Data Specialist, United Way of Greenwood & Abbeville Counties - Click Here to Read

The Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy, Troy Hanna, President & CEO, Spartanburg County Foundation - Click Here to Read
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Oct. 22 - Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Workshop (Virtual) - 11:00 a.m.-noon - Click Here to Register

Oct. 22 - TATT CHAT - 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Click Here to Register

Oct. 28 - Upstate Professional Planners - 11:00 a.m.-noon - Click Here to Register

Oct. 29 - Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee - 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Click Here to Register
Contact Dean Hybl if you would like to talk about how
your company or organization can become part of Ten at the Top for 2020 and beyond.