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.