Welcome—Terence Roberts, TATT Chairman

Sean Dogan, Interim CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate

Guest Presentation—Sean Dogan, Interim CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate

  • Mission: advance equity by empowering black and other underserved communities through advocacy, education and economic stability
  • Organizational assessments with Stan Davis, helped map out where we were and next steps for where we’re going.
  • One of 90 affiliates of the national Urban League, HQ in NYC.
  • Represents Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, and Greenwood Counties
  • 6 programs:
    • Right Step Juvenile Diversion—98% success rate
    • Project Ready—high school program to get students ready for college, work, and life
    • Level Up (foster care students)
    • 21st Century Learning Center
    • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
    • affordable housing—financial education
  • We need more about law enforcement doing more – creating friendships and participating. Community policing. Also brought someone to them they would not have met otherwise. Click here for a video of a great example of community policing, with some help from basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal

Click here for Sean’s presentation

TATT Updates

Dean Hybl, TATT Executive Director

  • Busy week: Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem met Wednesday, Senior Issues group met earlier Thursday, Upstate Mobility Alliance will meet Friday
  • Next TATT Chat with Jim Shew, Vice President—Employee Benefits, Marsh & McLennan Agency, September 10th—register here
  • Networking time 20 minutes prior to the meeting on upcoming TATT Chats! Sign on early to network with friends and colleagues.

County Updates

Anderson (Blake Sanders, Mayor of West Pelzer):

  • giving away masks
  • Pelzer/West Pelzer continue to more forward with economic development
  • Pelzer going through branding/marketing/web strategy
  • Powdersville—Dolly Cooper Park, going through master plan
  • 2500 feet of trail, new kayak launch, etc. A regional draw for this part of the county, spurs outdoor recreation
  • More people out walking. More students walking to school. People are asking for more sidewalks.

Greenville (Shawn Bell, City of Fountain Inn):

  • new residential construction going strong
  • new businesses opened in the last few months
  • class A industrial park construction moving along
  • several restaurants in city limits have had best grossing sales in May or June—very encouraging to see
  • city of Fountain Inn has seen challenges with 16 staff testing positive for COVID, hope to reopen to the public soon
  • events canceled, but still doing virtual city council meetings

Laurens (Alesia Carter, United Way of Laurens County):

  • mask giveaways because people didn’t seem to have them
  • food drives every week with a lot of participation, much needed—400K pounds of food
  • youth box giveaways in 4 different locations
  • food bank still drive through, still seeing a lot of need
  • trying to get people to complete the census
  • school supplies drive

Oconee (Libby Imbody, Main Street Walhalla):

  • started March 1st, has been in survival mode.
  • what makes us unique has helped us be resilient
  • slow but steady stream of tourists because of outdoor assets
  • small events that get people on the street
  • some merchants have had record June/July
  • working on 5 historic properties
  • grant received for a walkway around the perimeter of the commercial districts, which will connect to Stumphouse Mountain

Pickens (Allison Fowler, Pickens County Parks, Recreation and Tourism):

  • new marketing and branding plan just released a few weeks ago, eager to get started rolling it out
  • people flocking to the outdoors, so parks have been very busy
  • hired a couple of new positions
  • new announcements about old mills being bought for development