Upstate, SC – Ten at the Top, an organization created to foster collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate, will focus the second Our Upstate Vision Forum of 2013 on the topic of Natural Resources and the Upstate Economy. The forum, which is free and open to the public, is being held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in the AT&T Auditorium at CU-ICAR (5 Research Drive Greenville, SC 20607). A networking reception will immediately follow the forum.

The overall theme for the 2013 Forum Series is “Destination 2030: Thinking BIG and BOLD About the Future of the Upstate.” Each forum will focus on a different topic and look at short, middle and long term opportunities that can help ensure that the Upstate in 2030 is universally recognized as a leader in that particular area. During this forum, we will explore the relationship between natural resources and the Upstate Economy.

Speakers will include Deepal Eliatamby, President of Alliance Consulting Engineers, to look at the direct connection between the economy and our natural resources, as well as Myra Reece from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), David Bereskin from Greenville Water and Dr. Barry Nocks from Clemson University to look at the current and future status of our important resources of air, water and land.

There will also be a group discussion where the audience and subject experts will discuss some of the specific challenges and opportunities facing the Upstate as we look toward maintaining our natural resources both for their relationship to quality of life and to economic vitality.

The Our Upstate Vision Forum Series began in 2012 with TATT hosting four forums across the Upstate. The series continues in 2013 with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina serving as the Series Premier Sponsor. The lead sponsor for the Natural Resources and the Upstate Economy Forum is TD Bank.

There is no cost to attend the forum, but attendees are asked to register in advance at www.tenatthetop.org. Registration deadline is June 5th. For more information contact Ten at the Top at 864.283.2313.