Ten at the Top (TATT) is inviting interested stakeholders to share their ideas during the Connecting Our Future Idea Exchange. This is the Connecting Our Future initiative’s next step to develop a regional vision and actionable strategies for enhancing mobility, transportation and connectivity across the 10-county Upstate region. The workshop is on Monday, March 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Michelin Conference Center.
Born from the Shaping Our Future Growth Scenarios Analysis, Connecting Our Future was launched last fall as a collaborative effort to bring together the various organizations, businesses and local governments who have been working individually on some component of moving people and goods across the Upstate. The Connecting Our Future partners have contracted with Kimley-Horn to create a regional vision and actionable strategies to enhance current and future mobility in the region.
“When we first convened stakeholders around transportation and mobility, it was quickly recognized that everyone is working on important elements of moving people and goods across the region, but that most work was being done in a vacuum when in actuality there was an opportunity and need for greater connectivity and collaboration,” Dean Hybl, TATT’s Executive Director, said.
The Connecting Our Future Idea Exchange will be an opportunity for interested residents and community leaders to share their ideas and insights around numerous topics related to mobility in the Upstate. The topic areas include: commuter travel, bicycle and pedestrian, transit, freight movement, workforce access, strategic infrastructure, land use & development and innovation and technology.
“The ultimate goal of Connecting Our Future is to increase access to transportation, reduce congestion and improve connectivity across the Upstate,” Hybl said. “However, without a clear vision and actionable regional strategies, we would continue to struggle to create clarity and synergy on how to accomplish those goals. The Idea Exchange on March 19th is an important step in the process as we want to hear and understand the ideas and concerns of stakeholders from across the Upstate.”
Michelin is hosting the Idea Exchange and is one of four Steering Level partners for Connecting Our Future. The other partners include Duke Energy, Hollingsworth Funds and the Jolley Foundation. Additionally, other businesses, local governments and nonprofits have come together to support this regional initiative.
A full list of the coalition partners as well as more details about the entire initiative can be found on the Connecting Our Future website, www.connectingourfutureupstatesc.org. The final vision and strategies, along with next steps, will be unveiled later this summer.
The Michelin Conference Center is located at 517 Michelin Road, Building 18, Greenville, South Carolina, 29605. The Connecting Our Future Idea Exchange is a free event, but advanced registration is requested. For more details and to register, please go to www.connectingourfutureupstatesc.org or www.tenatthetop.org.
About Ten at the Top
Comprised of public, private and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to connect and encourage regional collaboration through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. For more information, visit www.tenatthetop.org.