Kyra Lobbins, Deputy Chief of Staff, Clemson University

Welcome Terence Roberts, TATT Chairman


Guest Presentation Kyra Lobbins, Deputy Chief of Staff, Clemson University

You can watch a recording of the meeting here.

6,800 students living on campus in the third week of classes

Masks are required on campus and in the city of Clemson

COVID testing percent positive is well below the state average

Clemson tested all students initially, now just on campus

Wastewater is being used to target testing; can pinpoint down to a floor in a dormitory

350 of 629 isolation beds being used; extending to 750 beds

207 students are isolating independently

Marketing research has showed that Clemson should thrive post-pandemic

All finals will be held online

When vaccine becomes available it will be provided to students


TATT Updates Dean Hybl, TATT Executive Director

Creating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event on November 18

  • Register and nominate your Unsung Hero here.

Other events coming up

  • Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Workshop
  • Sneak Pique
  • Upstate Professional Planners Workshop
  • Air Quality Group
  • Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee Meeting


Cherokee (Frannie Stockwell, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce)
Businesses are getting back up and running slowly with some new openings and some closings

Elementary schools are back in person five days a week

The city passed a mask ordinance for employees and customers yesterday

The Chamber is hosting an in-person job fair on October 19

New Cherokee County vision 20/37 “A Clear Vision”


Pickens (Katie Mann, Hagood Mill)

Hagood Found took over day to day operations from Pickens County last year

Many events cancelled but many things still happening including grist mill 175 year celebration, Rural LISC digital inclusion grant to rural communities for local rural communities to provide funding support for those who cannot afford computers or internet

State sanctioned fiddling competition this month and next month is Native American Heritage Month celebration


Spartanburg (Doug Stephenson, SC Works Greater Upstate

One stop operator for SC Work Centers offering support to employers

Closed five centers mid-March due to COVID, started service by phone, virtually, email, etc.

Developed PPP and safety protocol with many donations from counties and local organizations

Centers reopened to people needing unemployment compensation

Several virtual job fairs have been held over the past months with one upcoming in Spartanburg

Greenville: 2325 in-person customers, Union 692, Cherokee: 1862; Spartanburg 4844


Union (Jami Trammell, Union County Chamber of Commerce)

New businesses have started with more in the pipeline

Have cancelled several events but still planning on Christmas parade

Hosting a drive-in movie

More new chamber members than ever before