Ten at the Top to get $1,000

By: By Charles Warner - [email protected]

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

UNION — An organization that works to bring together the counties of the Upstate to promote and develop the region is getting some financial support from the City of Union.

During its August meeting this past Tuesday, Union City Council voted 5-2 with councilmen Ricky Harris and Yates Giles opposed to allocate $1,000 to Ten at the Top.

According to its website (www.tenatthetop.org) Ten at the Top’s mission “is to foster trust and collaboration through partnerships and cooperation that impacts economic vitality and quality of life across Upstate South Carolina.” The website states that, in order to do this, the organization focuses on the following objectives:

• Grow trust and partnerships among elected officials, business & community leaders and residents by initiating, convening and facilitating discussions around key regional issues, challenges and opportunities.

• Identify and promote collaborative efforts that enhance the Upstate’s physical and social infrastructure by encouraging quality growth and supporting economic vitality, natural and cultural resources and quality of life in the region.

• Measure, analyze and report information on the needs and progress of the region on key cross-jurisdictional issues.

Council approved the allocation at the recommendation of Mayor Harold Thompson, who presented a report that outlined how Ten at the Top benefits Upstate counties and cities.

The Need

• We share significant and growing challenges

• Demands are growing

• Resources are shrinking…we have to be smarter

• Disciplined regional planning now essential, not optional

• Must optimize all of our collective resources

The Opportunity

• Change is inevitable, our ability to influence it takes work

• Regional planning is a necessary and logical extension of our mandatory comprehensive planning

• Many issues don’t recognize political boundaries (Example: 50 mile workforce radius)

• Common solutions are usually more affordable and successful

What TATT is Doing to Support Upstate Cities and Counties

• Coordinating regular Upstate Elected Officials Meetings

• Creating and convening the Upstate Professional Planners Group

• Spearheading the Clean Air Upstate air quality attainment program

• Developing and coordinating the Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grants Program

• Creating templates for how communities can develop initiatives to grow local vibrancy

• Coordinating the development of the Regional Comprehensive Plan Map

• Promoting local events and activities through the Upstate Information Hub (www.ourupstate.info)

How Your Community Can Ensure Success of TATT and the Upstate Region.

• Be a champion for TATT and regional collaboration in your community

• Make sure you community leaders are involved

• Make sure your city and county managers/administrators are involved. If not, why not?

• Make it a requirement that your planning staffs and appropriate department heads are participating

• Providing funding support at a level that is appropriate for your community

• We can’t afford NOT to participate

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]

City allocates funds for Upstate organization

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]