Ten at the Top Upstate News
May 6, 2019 - Volume 10, Issue 5
Upstate Planners Look at Growing Downtowns in the Upstate
The first Upstate Professional Planners Meeting of 2019 provided an opportunity to learn about some of the dynamic work being done to cultivate the downtowns in four communities within the Upstate.

Sharing updates with the group was Shawn Bell - City Manager for the City of Fountain Inn, Missy House - City Manager for Inman, Kelli McCormick - Planning Manager for the City of Greer, and Blake Sanders - Planning & Projects Manager for the City of Easley.

Each community is at a different stage in their development of vibrancy and a sense of place within their downtown and it as interesting to hear the challenges and investments being made in each community.

Senior Workshop Looks at Food Insecurity for Older Residents
In 2019 Ten at the Top is holding quarterly workshops focused around issues impacting our growing population of residents over the age of 65.

The number of residents in the Upstate over the age of 65 is projected to increase from 12% of the total population of the region in 2010 to 25% by 2030. By 2030, 40% of all Upstate residents will be over the age of 55.

Catriona Carlisle, the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels in Greenville County served as the moderator of the panel looking at food insecurity among seniors. Panelists included:
·  Amy Bell, Manager, Emergency Food Pantry Manager for Harvest Hope Greenville
·  Bates McKinney, Congregate Dining Site Manager, Spartanburg Recreation
·  Laurie Ashley, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels Anderson
·  Kathy Hendricks-Dublin, CEO, Piedmont Agency on Aging
·  Yvonne Harper, Director, Fifty Upstate

The next Senior Issues Workshop will take place during the third quarter and focus on transportation. Please look out for more details in upcoming newsletters.
Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee Celebrates Air Quality Week
The Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee held their annual meeting on May 1st, which was right in the middle of national air quality week (April 29-May 3).

The Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee, which Ten at the Top has convened since 2012, is one of seven designated regional advisory committees in South Carolina under the direction of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Controls (SCDHEC).

While air quality is an on-going issue, the ozone monitors in the Upstate have seen regular improvement in the emission numbers over the last decade. Tommy Flynn and Adam Ereth from SCDHEC provided an update on the current monitor readings. They also shared an update on air quality programs available to schools, organizations, businesses and communities through SCDHEC.

The group also heard three presentations from entities that are focusing around sustaiinability and improviing air quality. Presenters were Halle Price - Envirnomental Engineer, BMW, Neil Semcheski, Rideshare Senior Sales Executive, Enterprise Holdings, and Joelle Teachey, Executive Director, TreesUpstate.
You can view their PowerPoint presentations through this link. For more details on air quality programs in the Upstate visit CleanAirUpstate.org.
TATT Holds First Pizza & Beer Redefined Networking Event of 2019
One direct benefit for funding partners of Ten at the Top is being invited to participate in TATT's quarterly networking event for funding partners and board members called Pizza & Beer Redefined, with series sponsor Parker Poe.

Held at a different location each time with a guest speaker who is doing innovative things within the Upstate, this exclusive event is an opportunity to engage with others who are committed to supporting regional capacity building in the Upstate.

The first Pizza & Beer Redefined for 2019 was held on April 30th in the new Laboratory Facility at ReWa. The guest speaker was Dr. Nika White, a local author and nationally recognized advocate for diversity and inclusion.

You can check out photos from the event. The next Pizza & Beer Redefined will be held on June 18th at Synterra with the guest speaker being City of Greenville Economic Development Director and Interim City Manager Nancy Whitworth.

If you are not currently a TATT partner, but are interested in becoming a financial supporter, please contact Allison Drew for questions and more information.
Leadership Level Partners
Ten at the Top is fortunate to have many great funding supports and appreciate all who help ensure the current and future success of the organization. In 2019 we have introduced our Leadership Level Funding Partners. These partners have committed to support TATT with contributions of $10,000 or more in 2019. If your company or organization is interested in joining TATT's Leadership Level Supporters, please contact Allison Drew today.
Stay Connected with 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.

Ten at the Top
35 Regional Engagements in 2019
1,315 Participants in 2019
841 Regional Engagements since 2010
39,429 Participants since 2010
On the Calendar

Be sure and put these TATT events on your calendar:

Upstate Education Spectrum Forum
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Park 37
250 Executive Center Drive
Greenville, SC 29615

Upstate Elected Officials Meeting
Attracting Talent to the Upstate
Thursday, May 9, 2019
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
BMW Zentrum

Upstate Entrepreneur Support
Providers Network Workshop
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Park 37
250 Executive Center Drive
Greenville, SC 29615
Registration Coming Soon

Become a TATT Supporter

In 2019 Ten at the Top is celebrating a Decade of Connecting the Upstate.

We are grateful to the many funding partners and supporters who have played a critical role in supporting the development of the organization over the last decade.

In 2019 we plan to recognize our long-term partners and supporters while also looking to grow engagement across the region.

We hope you will continue your TATT support or become a new partner in 2019.

If you have questions about TATT partnership and sponsorship opportunities or would like to set up a personal meeting, please contact Allison Drew.or 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.
Ten at the Top | 864-283-0346 | info@tenatthetop.org| www.tenatthetop.org