Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together

Why Ten at the Top?

Ten diverse counties make up the Upstate of South Carolina. We share successes and weaknesses, yet political and geographical boundaries often prevent us from working together to address the key systemic issues that impact our economic vitality and quality of life.

Collaboration and cooperation are essential for the Upstate to reach its true potential. That is why Ten at the Top was established—to join public, private and non-profit leaders together in conversation around issues that affect us all.

By 2030, the Upstate region is projected to have 1.6 million residents and one million jobs. With so much change ahead, it’s more important now than ever to embrace our heritage, protect our environment, grow our competitiveness, and cultivate our people. Ten at the Top provides opportunities for you to share a vision for the Upstate and help make it a reality.

Be sure and mark your calendar for the Upstate Regional Summit: Re-Checking Our Reality, which will be held on September 16, 2014 at the TD Convention Center. The event will run from 9:00 am-1:30 pm and include morning workshops and a luncheon. The September Summit will look at some of the challenges and successes faced by the Upstate over the last five years and then gather input and insight from participants on what priorities need to be addressed over the next five years as we continue working collectively to ensure future success across the Upstate. More details, including keynote speakers, the full program and registration information will be announced in the coming months, but mark your calendars today!


Our Upstate Vision Drivers

In 2011, Ten at the Top unveiled the Our Upstate Vision, which was the final result of a year-long conversation in which more than 10,000 Upstate residents contributed ideas and input on “What Matters Most” as we look toward the future of the region. One component of the vision was the identification of five “Regional Drivers” which now serve as the core focus areas for the work of Ten at the Top and its committees and task forces.
Human Potential
Human Potential

Creating opportunities for all Upstate residents to succeed.

Read more →
Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality
Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality

Growing the competitiveness of the Upstate in the global economy.

Read more →
Sustainable Growth
Sustainable Growth

Encouraging future growth in appropriate locations by means that enhance livability in the Upstate.

Read more →

Natural Beauty & Resources
Natural Beauty & Resources

Serving as reliable stewards of our natural environment and resources.

Read more →
Community Vibrancy
Community Vibrancy

Embracing the importance and heritage of the Upstate’s urban areas and small towns.

Read more →
Get Involved
Get Involved

Here are 4 ways you can become involved with Ten at the Top in 2014.

Read more →