Ten at the Top Upstate News
March 1, 2021 | Volume 12, Issue 3
TATT Initiatives:
February Workshop Recaps
Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem
Second Draw PPP

On February 3, the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem gathered on Zoom for a workshop on Second Draw PPP Loans and Updated Federal Support for Businesses. Earl Gregorich, Area Manager & Business Consultant, Greenville Area Small Business Development Center, and Kunal Parikh, Small Business Policy Advisor for Senator Tim Scott focused on program changes, how business owners can access Paycheck Protection Program 2nd Draw Funds, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and traditional SBA loan payment forgiveness.
As always, the workshop served as a great connection point for the individuals and organizations in our region that support entrepreneurs and small businesses. You can watch the workshop video through this link.

The next meeting of the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem will be Conversations to Avoid Intellectual Property Calamities with Hunter Freeman and Doug Lineberry from Burr Forman, on Tuesday, March 9 from 3:00-4:00pm. Click Here for more details and to register.
Upstate Professional Planners
Freedom Mobility Plan

On February 24, the Upstate Professional Planners Workshop hosted the Upstate Mobility Alliance and Greenlink for a presentation on the Freedom Mobility Plan, presented by Michael Hildebrand, Executive Director, Upstate Mobility Alliance, and Matthew Rehnborg, Transit Planner, Greenlink,.

The Moving People Task Force of the Upstate Mobility Alliance has created the Freedom Mobility program to evaluate and recognize neighborhoods based on how accessible the neighborhood is to pedestrians, cyclists, and those who use public transportation. This program will empower neighborhood leaders to advocate for multi-modal improvements and encourage residents to use other modes of transportation.

The next meeting  of the Upstate Professional Planners will be on Wednesday, March 24 featuring an update on  Spartanburg’s Northside Initiative. Click Here for more details and to register.
Upstate Mobility Alliance
Connecting the Dots:
How Transportation Helps Create Vibrant Communities

The Upstate of South Carolina has experienced tremendous growth in recent years because of our vibrant communities. However, with growth comes concerns such as increased congestion and additional demands on our resources. To ensure we keep these concerns top of mind, the Upstate Mobility Alliance developed a quarterly discussion series, Connecting the Dots: How Transportation Helps Create Vibrant Communities, to explore what our community leaders are doing in the areas of transportation and mobility.

Our first panel virtual discussion, held on February 23, focused on the Golden Strip area of the Upstate and we were joined by Brandon Madden, City Manager of Mauldin, Dianna Gracely, City Manager of Simpsonville, Shawn Bell, City Manager of Fountain Inn, and Jon Caime, Laurens County Administrator. During this panel we explored topics such as areas of growth, potential collaborations, and ensuring a high quality of life for residents and visitors.

We are planning our next meeting in this series for May and in the meantime, you can watch the March panel through this link.
Have Time for a Chat?
While we have not been able to connect in-person as much over the last year as we would like, TATT is still making sure we can stay connected virtually through our regular TATT CHAT.

Be sure and join us every-other-Thursday as we discuss key issues with leaders from across the region and state. The pre-event networking starts at 2:40 pm and the TATT CHAT starts at 3 pm. In addition to our keynote speaker, we also receive updates from organizations and communities across the region.

Below is the schedule for March:

March 4: Broadband in the Upstate
Guest Speakers, Tom Allen, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff; Jim Stritzinger, Revolution D, Inc.; Shannon Sears, West Carolina Tel

March 18: Maintaining Mental Health
Guest Speaker, Dr. Michael Hedgecock, Program Manager, AnMed Health Behavioral Health Center

You can also see the entire Spring schedule and watch previous chats on the TATT CHAT page.
Staying on Top Blog
Through TATT's Staying on Top Blog, leaders from across the Upstate provide insights into key Upstate issues.

Below are the most recent Staying on Top posts:

Greenville's Future Begins With Early Education - by Derek Lewis, Greenville First Steps - Click Here to Read

Second Draw PPP - What's New - by Earl Gregorich, Greenville Area Small Business Development Center - Click Here to Read
Upcoming Events
March 4 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Broadband in the Upstate
Guest Speakers, Tom Allen, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff; Jim Stritzinger, Revolution D, Inc.; Shannon Sears, West Carolina Tel

Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Workshop
March 9 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Conversations to Avoid Intellectual Property Calamities
Guest Speakers: Hunter Freeman and Doug Lineberry, Burr Forman, LLP.

March 18 - 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Maintaining Mental Health
Guest Speaker, Dr. Michael Hedgecock, Program Manager, AnMed Health Behavioral Health Center

Upstate Professional Planners
March 24 - 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Indepth Look at Spartanburg Northside Community
Upstate Initiatives & Resources
Check out the TATT YouTube Channel for archives from meetings, presentations and events hosted by Ten at the Top. The channel also includes videos of the Elevate Upstate Grant recipients and other TATT initiatives.

TATT volunteers have developed a number of interactive regional asset maps. Check out links to regional resources below.

There is something interesting, educational or entertaining happening in the Upstate 365 days a year. Be sure to post your Upstate experiences using the hashtag #UpstateVibe365 and check out the regional calendar for what is happening across the region.

Leadership Level Partners
Ten at the Top is fortunate to have many great funding supporters and appreciate all who help ensure the current and future success of the organization. Our highest partnership level is the Leadership Level, with companies or organizations investing $10,000 or more annually to support TATT.
Support Ten at the Top
Ten at the Top funding partners and event sponsors are the backbone of the organization.

If your company or organization is not already a TATT partner, we invite you to join us. Here is a direct link to partnership opportunities for 2021 and the 2021 Commitment Form.

In addition, TATT is continuing to accept support for our Ignition Fund Campaign. This effort is a long-term funding program designed to help TATT to continue to ignite initiatives across the Upstate. Click Here for more details.

If you have questions about TATT partnership and sponsorship opportunities or would like to set up a personal meeting, please contact Dean Hybl for questions or more information.
Ten at the Top is a regional non-profit organization with the mission of fostering collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate around issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life.
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