Recognizing the importance of creating regular regional dialogue and a mechanism for collaboration across the Upstate, roughly 300 Upstate leaders gathered in 2005 under the premise of “Upstate Together: Growing by Choice or Chance?”
That initial discussion and additional efforts eventually led to the creation of Ten at the Top. Since being formalized in 2009, TATT has developed into a vital organization for cultivating discussion, collaboration and partnerships around issues that impact the entire Upstate region.
The premise that we are all working on similar issues and therefore need to grow our understanding of each other, identify opportunities to leverage resources and create collaborative partnerships is arguably even more critical today than it was a decade ago.
Over the last decade, our region has withstood a major economic downturn and in many ways is flourishing. Whether driving through Spartanburg, Greenville, Anderson, Walhalla, Clinton, Gaffney, Greer or a number of other Upstate communities, it is easy to see that many across our region have worked hard to make their communities better.
“Our region still has challenges that are beyond the ability of one community, organization or business to fix. They must, at least in part, be addressed collaboratively.”
However, whether it be transportation (moving people and goods from place to place), workforce and skill development, air and water quality, land use, child well-being, senior needs, local community vibrancy or many other areas, our region still has challenges that are beyond the ability of one community, organization or business to fix. They must, at least in part, be addressed collaboratively.
While TATT is not charged with managing programs that directly address those cross-jurisdictional issues, it has spent the last seven years serving the valuable role of convening key stakeholders to grow their awareness and understanding of our challenges and opportunities, build cross-jurisdictional and cross-sector partnerships and cultivate opportunities to impact these larger issues.
Since 2010, TATT has conducted nearly 600 “regional engagements,” bringing together representatives from hundreds of Upstate organizations to build regional trust and understanding, discuss cross-jurisdictional issues and build collaborative opportunities.
Regardless of whether you have been engaged in any of those previous opportunities, I hope you will join us on Sept. 13 for the Upstate Regional Summit. This event is a great opportunity to meet others from across the Upstate who have the goal of making this region a leading place for all residents to live, learn, do business and raise a family.
Held every other year, more than 800 Upstate leaders attended the 2014 event, and we anticipate another capacity crowd this year.
The theme for the 2016 Summit is “Creating a Leading Region.” The summit will include several sessions with executives and community leaders discussing how we can continue to collaboratively address the challenges and opportunities facing the Upstate. The program will culminate with a keynote luncheon featuring Geoff Colvin, the senior editor at-large for Fortune magazine. He annually compiles Fortune’s Global Top 50 Leaders List and will provide a unique insight into the characteristics of a successful leader.
I hope you will join us on Sept. 13, as it is when we work together as a region that we are stronger.
Ten at the Top 2016 Upstate Summit
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
TD Center, Greenville