Our Upstate Vision Action Items

Download Ten at the Top's Action Guide (PDF).

The Action Item Guide is a working document that we hope will grow with additional input from residents across the Upstate. Please share your regional actions.

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Human Potential

Creating an educational culture that values providing quality opportunities for everyone to learn and develop to their fullest potential from early childhood through college and into the workforce.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Assist and/or monitor older children to ensure that they are regularly completing homework assignments.
  • Become a volunteer at a local school.
  • Practice reading and math skills with young children in your household.
  • Read a minimum of 15 minutes every day to children in your household under the age of 5.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Allow educators to visit worksites so they can have a continual understanding of workforce needs.
  • Allow employees leave time to meet with their child's school counselor for conferences.
  • Businesses should find the means to encourage higher education.
  • Develop and enhance programs that support reading readiness for early grades.
  • Host an annual "visit parent at work day" so children can gain an understanding of what their parents do and see the link with education.
  • Improve menus and nutritional food availability for employees.
  • Participate in an Adopt-a-School program to support a local school.
  • Partner with educational institutions for more extended learning opportunities for students and teachers.
  • Provide shadowing, mentoring, internships and externships.
  • Set health and educational benchmarks and formulate programs for employees/students to attain them.
  • Work with churches and religious organizations to emphasize education.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Support/develop local afterschool programs.
  • Recognize exceptional teachers and schools and provide incentives for excellence.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Set a regional target for two-year and four-year college degree attainment.
  • Work with institutions of higher education (including technical schools) across the region to develop academic programs that address current and future needs of businesses throughout the Upstate.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Cultivating the creativity, capitalizing on the diversity and harnessing the determination of Upstate residents that makes this a special place to live and raise a family.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Become a volunteer to enrich the lives of citizens over 65.
  • Become an ambassador of your local schools by sharing your positive experiences in the local schools.
  • Establish a personal medical care home. Community health centers and federally qualified health Centers can be identified at: http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx.
  • Serve as a mentor at a local school or after-care program.
  • Understand that personal health is a personal responsibility.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Coordinate a combination job fair/career day for children and parents.
  • Create "English as a Second Language" (ESL) opportunity for parents.
  • Develop employee programs supporting or targeting associates 60 and above.
  • Partner with local farmers markets to provide local produce and other healthy menu items at local restaurants and schools.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Create a regional repository of services and information offered in the Upstate.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Encouraging activities in a safe and healthy environment that provide all Upstate residents with opportunities to enjoy the positive qualities of life in the region.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Be involved with your children in their afterschool and extra-curricular activities.
  • Be proactive in investigating health insurance coverage.
  • Educate children about healthy eating.
  • Encourage physical activity of children (i.e. play outside, discuss importance of physical activity)
  • Exercise (walk, bike, workout at a gym) for at least a half hour per day a minimum of three times per week.
  • Make sure all children in your household have regular health checkups.
  • Participate in preventive health programs like regular physicals and other health checkups.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Encourage employee health programs that support physical activity.
  • Participate in initiatives like "Jump Rope for the Heart", a school program sponsored by American Alliance for Health, that makes efforts to be healthy, educational and fun.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Encourage healthy-minded legislation (such as non-smoking areas, etc.)
  • Maintain physical education programs in school systems.
  • Plan for increased green space/safe walking areas, including shopping areas and schools.
  • Support joint use agreements that allow for more access to resources and facilities for recreation and Review policies related to vending machines and the sale of high sugar/high fat snacks in schools and public facilities.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Create a regional task force to monitor access to health care facilities across the region and identify opportunities for regional partnerships.
  • Develop, use, and implement regional resources and brochures for promoting preventative health (exercise venues and trails), teen pregnancy prevention, and educational opportunities.
  • Encourage lifelong learning opportunities for senior adults.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality

Promoting and cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurialism that makes the Upstate an attractive destination for small and emerging businesses and industries.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Become engaged with small business networking groups as an advocate to disperse knowledge and enhance networking opportunities for small and emerging businesses.
  • Buy from local vendors, when possible.
  • Encourage experienced and current entrepreneurs to participate on boards, committees and in organizations in order to keep economic development realistic and conducive for entrepreneurial vigor and growth.
  • Encourage experienced and current entrepreneurs to serve as an example or mentor to new entrepreneurs.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Assist needs of entrepreneurs by doing the following: - ensure that entrepreneurism is specifically addressed in their strategic plans; - publish an outline of steps needed to open a business in said jurisdiction; - determine if an appropriate number of courses are offered locally, by qualified providers that address innovation and entrepreneurial vitality; and - determine if organizational dues are out-of-line with what new entrepreneurs will afford.
  • Build and strengthen capital networks.
  • Encourage businesses (even solo-entrepreneurs) to take advantage of the numerous workforce development services, funding and resources available in the Upstate region (including the technical colleges, SC Ready, WIA [Workforce Investment Act], and SCORE). (a complete list is available at www.ourupstatesc.org)
  • Coordinate efforts across all education levels and institutions to enhance workforce development.
  • Entrepreneurs should be proactive in looking for and utilizing resources, networking, education/training and mentoring.
  • Exchange/provide information on events and committees that are open to the public.
  • Identify, catalog, and publicize resources available to all small businesses – existing and start-ups.
  • Increase awareness of options for capital and opportunities to invest in capital.
  • Increase communication and collaboration to meet the incubation needs of start-ups.
  • Increase the role of Chambers of Commerce in providing support services and assistance to entrepreneurs as they focus on sales, customer service, retention and profitability. This can include wholesaling employee benefits, IT logistics, etc.
  • Offer forums that allow companies to create leadership teams between the groups utilizing and building on collective synergies and resources.
  • Seek grants and funding for small business development, incubation, education/training, bank loans, angel investor and venture capital funding.
  • Work together (hold consortiums, forums, etc) to identify, understand and meet the needs of the small business community.
  • Work with educational policymakers to improve problem-solving abilities in students and within educational institutions.
  • Work with schools to increase accessibility to alternative educational programs (e.g., distance learning, online education, Skype education, lunch learning events, distributed education) that meet the needs of growing businesses.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Appoint a staff member to be the advocate and contact for informational needs of small/medium and start up businesses.
  • Build and strengthen capital networks.
  • Build upon Upstate-to-statewide networking efforts.
  • Create a strong relationship, supportive of the community and larger companies, that enables discussion and collaboration on business challenges in a synergistic manner.
  • Ensure tax codes/laws are not an impediment to small businesses or start-ups.
  • Ensure that vendor requirements and opportunities reach the small business community.
  • Increase awareness of options for capital and opportunities to invest capital.
  • Seek grants and funding for small business development, incubation, education/training and loans.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Build and strengthen capital networks.
  • Define the supply chains of existing businesses and identify the gaps so that local providers can be found/created; publicize the information across the Upstate region.
  • Develop and promote existing industry clusters.
  • Increase awareness of options for capital and opportunities to invest capital.
  • Increase coordination between Chambers of Commerce, economic development groups, etc.
  • Increase ties between business, research and schools (University, Technical, K-12, Charter, etc.).
  • Provide exceptional legislative action coordination, support, and influence to attract and retain target industries and businesses.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Strengthening the opportunities for manufacturers and industries in sectors that are already strongholds within the Upstate.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Buy from local vendors, when possible.
  • Encourage experienced and current entrepreneurs to participate on boards, committees and in organizations in order to keep economic development realistic and conducive for entrepreneurial vigor and growth.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Build and strengthen capital networks.
  • Encourage businesses (even solo-entrepreneurs) to take advantage of the numerous workforce development services, funding and resources available in the Upstate region (including the technical colleges, SC Ready, WIA [Workforce Investment Act], and SCORE).
  • Coordinate efforts across all education levels and institutions (pre-K through higher education) to enhance workforce development.
  • Exchange/provide information on events and committees that are open to the public.
  • Identify current networking and support groups that focus on the dominant industries in the Upstate region (i.e., Automotive/Transportation, BioMed, Technology, Green Technology/Alternative Fuels, and Healthcare).
  • Improve coordinated efforts between business organizations and institutions to avoid duplication and competition for members and funding.
  • Increase awareness of options for capital and opportunities to invest in capital.
  • Offer forums that allow companies to create leadership teams between the groups utilizing and building on collective synergies and resources.
  • Work with educational policymakers to improve problem-solving abilities in students and within the educational institution itself.
  • Work with schools to increase accessibility to alternative educational programs (e.g., distance learning, online education, Skype education, lunch learning events, distributed education) that meet the needs of growing businesses.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Build and strengthen capital networks.
  • Build upon Upstate-to-statewide networking efforts.
  • Create a strong relationship, supportive of the community and larger companies, that enables discussion and collaboration on business challenges in a synergistic manner.
  • Establish and maintain databases that will facilitate and encourage growth of existing businesses and attract new businesses (i.e. jobs, resources, work-force development, supply chain).
  • Increase awareness of options for capital and opportunities to invest capital.
  • Support local branches of national and global companies to encourage retention and growth decisions by corporate headquarters.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Build and strengthen capital networks.
  • Define the supply chains of existing businesses and identify the gaps so that local providers can be found/created; publicize the information across the Upstate region.
  • Develop and promote existing industry clusters.
  • Increase awareness of options for capital and opportunities to invest capital.
  • Increase coordination between Chambers of Commerce, economic development groups, etc.
  • Increase ties between business, research and schools (University, Technical, K-12, Charter, etc.).
  • Provide exceptional legislative action coordination, support and influence to attract and retain target industries and businesses.
  • Support regional alliances as they engage potential global prospects to locate in the Upstate region.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Focusing energy and resources on enhancing the job skills of Upstate workers to provide support for emerging opportunities.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Encourage experienced and current entrepreneurs to participate on boards, committees and in organizations in order to keep economic development realistic and conducive for entrepreneurial vigor and growth.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Coordinate efforts across all education levels and institutions (pre-K through higher education) to enhance workforce development.
  • Engage displaced and underemployed by providing remedial education and job skills training.
  • Exchange/provide information on events and committees that are open to the public.
  • Hold job fairs and trade shows that provide information to potential employees and vendors.
  • Identify current networking and support groups that focus on the dominant industries in the Upstate region (i.e., Automotive/Transportation, BioMed, Technology, Green Technology/Alternative Fuels, and Healthcare).
  • Include entrepreneurs in career days at schools to ensure that students see Entrepreneurship as a career option.
  • Make services and education/training affordable for all small businesses.
  • Offer forums that allow companies to create leadership teams between the groups utilizing and building on collective synergies and resources.
  • Work with educational policymakers to improve problem-solving abilities in students and within the educational institution itself.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Build upon Upstate-to-statewide networking efforts.
  • Establish and maintain databases that will facilitate and encourage growth of existing businesses and attract new businesses (i.e. jobs, resources, work-force development, supply chain).
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Create an Upstate online database to increase job opportunity awareness.
  • Increase coordination between Chambers of Commerce, economic development groups, etc.
  • Increase ties between business, research and schools (University, Technical, K-12, Charter, etc.).
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Sustainable Growth

Creating a culture that values living and growing in a sustainable manner.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Ensure all lights are turned off when no one is in a room.
  • Become educated and engaged in the political process.
  • Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioner once a month.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so it uses less energy.
  • Combine errands to maximize efficiency of your car trips and reduce the need for multiple trips to the same areas.
  • Connect your outdoor lights to a timer.
  • Consider the ability to walk to school, recreation, shopping, etc. as part of your decision-making when purchasing a new home.
  • Consolidate reasons and destinations for driving to eliminate number of daily auto trips.
  • Encourage local officials at state and local levels to support sustainable growth.
  • Keep seldom used appliances unplugged.
  • Maintain the thermostat on your water heater at 120 degrees.
  • Minimize pesticide use.
  • Minimize use of disposable items (plastic water bottles, paper plates, Styrofoam bowls, etc.) whenever possible. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • Purchase appliances and equipment with Energy Star labels.
  • Reuse items like bags and containers whenever possible.
  • Support local agriculture and farmers markets.
  • Support local neighborhood associations.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
  • Use recycled wood chips as mulch to keep weeds down, retain moisture and prevent erosion.
  • Value responsible packaging and sourcing (recycled content, local products and vendors) when making purchasing decisions.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Encourage and support employees' sustainable transportation efforts and initiatives (provide bike storage facilities if possible, incentivize carpooling, etc.)
  • Participate in a recycling program.
  • Purchase office equipment with Energy Star labels.
  • Use discarded paper for scrap paper.
  • Use recycled paper.
  • Reuse items like envelopes, folders and paper clips, when possible.
  • Use e-mail rather than paper correspondence, when possible.
  • Encourage employees to print on both sides of paper, when possible.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Continue to foster citizen engagement in planning issues.
  • Improve accessibility to council meetings via television or internet.
  • Improve the methodology for recruiting citizens for boards and commissions.
  • Maintain recycling drop-off points.
  • Produce printed material for distribution describing rights and responsibilities of property owners.
  • Revamp city/county recycling education in schools.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Create educational piece (cost of growth, alternative development options, etc.) for the general public.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Implementing reasonable approaches to land use planning and development that support orderly and sustainable growth that is innovative, attractive and fits the landscape of the community.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Be aware and engaged in local planning issues.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors when making improvements to your property.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Be considerate of your neighbors when making improvements to your property.
  • Be aware of and get involved in local planning and development issues.
  • Consider incorporating "green building" methodology for new construction.
  • When preparing to build or expand a business, review the local comprehensive plan and consider the local land use recommendations in your decision making process.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Concentrate roads, schools, sewer and water services in areas where growth is desired.
  • Consider increasing responsibilities of developers who build in undeveloped areas; discourage unmanaged growth.
  • Create and provide incentives for protection of rural character, including agriculture.
  • Encourage and provide incentives for adaptive reuse of vacant commercial structures.
  • Encourage and provide incentives for mixed-use development including a diversity of housing options.
  • Encourage and provide incentives for redevelopment of polluted lands and former industrial sites.
  • Encourage coordination among service providers and planning organizations to discuss impacts of public improvements and identify areas where growth will be encouraged.
  • Prepare and implement land use plans in individual communities.
  • Provide density bonuses.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Create an Upstate Planning Staff Consortium including city and county planners from across the region.
  • Develop and maintain consistent architectural guidelines.
  • Encourage state lawmakers to review the value and efficiency of special purpose districts.
  • Identify land use policies that can be consistent in communities of specific sizes across the region.
  • Regionally support the removal of school district exemptions from local planning commissions.
  • Review annexation laws at the state level.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Maintaining roads and promoting other transportation enhancements such as bike paths, walkability and public transit that make it easier for all residents to travel across the region for work or play.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Use alternative transportation modes (bus, bicycle, walking, etc.) when it is safe and convenient to do so.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Be conscious of traffic circulation issues (pedestrian access, connectivity) when considering business expansion.
  • Encourage and support employees' sustainable transportation efforts and initiatives (provide bike storage facilities if possible, incentivize carpooling, etc.).
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Be part of a "Complete Streets" program. Complete streets are roadways that are designed to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transport).
  • Create efficient parking strategies that encourage the use of parking spaces for multiple businesses.
  • Create greenway/bikeway/trail networks.
  • Encourage and showcase streetscaping projects.
  • Work with public transportation services in other cities to establish routes between cities and counties.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Explore the possibility of light rail, bus rapid transit, and multi-modal transportation options in the Upstate.
  • Identify opportunities for regional transportation connectivity.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Natural Beauty

Protecting the natural beauty of a region that includes a number of diverse and environmentally critical natural assets.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Be an individual proponent of recycling.
  • Compost your vegetable scraps.
  • Do not dump garbage down a storm drain.
  • Identify the environmental groups in your community and seek out ways to support their efforts.
  • Participate in adopt-a-highway or anti-litter efforts.
  • Plant trees.
  • Support locally grown food and farms.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Identify the environmental groups in your community and seek out ways to support their efforts.
  • Participate in adopt-a-highway or anti-litter efforts.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Consider creating bond issues to purchase key environmental areas.
  • Create county conservation banks to promote keeping farmland and open space.
  • Create infill development incentives.
  • Create an urban growth boundary to identify where public services will be provided within a city or county.
  • Implement standards for vegetative buffers along streams and rivers.
  • Provide education to encourage native plant gardening as native plants require less maintenance (irrigation or fertilizer).
  • Pursue projects that enhance the attractiveness of natural resources.
  • Update comprehensive plans in such a way that promotes the protection and development of natural resources.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Support buffers between natural areas and business and industry.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Maintaining opportunities for residents to enjoy the parks, lakes, mountains and natural amenities of the Upstate.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Visit local natural attractions throughout the Upstate.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Offer goods and services that meet the needs of visitors (i.e. firewood to campers).
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Create greenway/bikeway/trail networks.
  • Expand maintenance and upkeep of park facilities.
  • Expand parklands.
  • Implement land use regulations that promote open space.
  • Incentivize open-space for public access.
  • Increase local promotion of natural tourism.
  • Institute design/development guidelines for visitor accommodations that do not contrast with the natural area.
  • Provide options (small usage fees) for community gardening along greenways/trails.
  • Provide support for the development of small parks.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Promote open space and natural resources.
  • Promote opportunities for ecotourism in the region.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Ensuring that measures are put in place to protect vital resources such as clean air and water for generations to come.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Check and fix any water leaks in your home or on your property.
  • Consider using solar power for home and water heating.
  • Contact local legislators about environmental issues.
  • During the winter, burn seasoned wood as it burns cleaner than green wood.
  • Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.
  • In older homes, replace old toilets with new ones that use less water.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead.
  • Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets.
  • Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work.
  • Make a daily list of trips and plan in such a way that minimizes the amount you drive.
  • Seek to daily remain consciously aware of activities that contribute to ozone pollution.
  • Support local educational initiatives, such as FFA (Future Farmers of America).
  • Turn off your car when sitting in a parking lot to reduce ozone output.
  • Use low-VOC or water-based paints, stains, finishes and paint strippers.
  • Walk or ride a bicycle instead of driving, when possible.
  • Wash and dry only full loads of laundry and dishes.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Allow employees to work flexible work hours so they are not always traveling at peak traffic congestion times.
  • Install best management practices for storm water management like bio-swales and pervious surfaces.
  • Offer special incentives for employees who use public transit.
  • Provide opportunities for employees to tele-commute and work from home.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Build an oil-recycling station.
  • Develop DHEC controlled oil recycling stations.
  • Develop local government energy plans.
  • Develop parking standards.
  • Develop sign and lighting ordinances.
  • Develop strong up-to-date wastewater treatment plans that ascertain a community's capacity to grow, and orchestrate new growth according to these plans.
  • Develop tree planting standards.
  • Increase accountability of governmental institutions to implement mandated measures such as DOTs bike lane measures, county long range transportation plans, and DHEC standards.
  • Improve water systems to reduce leaks in a community.
  • Incentivize development of Green Energy businesses (wind energy, solar, etc.)
  • Incentivize recycling for businesses.
  • Incentivize ride sharing for businesses.
  • Maintain utility infrastructure.
  • Offer incentives to remove customers from septic systems and onto city water systems.
  • Participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's "Clean Cities Program" (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/).
  • Provide incentives for low-impact housing/commercial developments (developments that minimize stormwater runoff).
  • Support mobile local farmers markets.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Create a regional water study to determine water availability and future usage needs.
  • Create regional sediment and erosion control plans.
  • Develop a regional water supply plan.
  • Encourage coordination of local efforts with the Nature Conservancy, Department of Natural Resources and other environmental organizations.
  • Foster relationships between the public and institutions to educate future generations (our youth) through higher institutions.
  • Implement Truck Stop electrification (plug-in, so trucks aren't idling) hubs.
  • Reduce federal dollars needed for utilities by promoting regional collaboration.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Community Vibrancy

Continuing the movement to reinvigorate the downtowns and urban areas within the Upstate.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Support locally owned businesses.
  • Offer business façade improvements.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Develop coordinated business councils.
  • Offer business development workshops.
  • Offer business façade improvements.
  • Reach out to visitors by providing coupons, discounts, etc.
  • Submit activities within your organization to a central website/media forum in order to both attract people to your business and provide a social opportunity.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Brand and promote downtown areas.
  • Develop historic tourism programs.
  • Identify community corridors and locations that can be revitalized.
  • Incentivize historic site investment.
  • Promote activities in downtown areas.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Work with United Ministries-type organizations
  • Develop a forum or venue for meetings with citizens, business, government administrations and elected officials to build consensus. (Held in a non-government setting).
  • Hold community visits to share success stories.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Maintaining and growing the vibrancy of the region's small towns and places.

Individual (Personal) Actions

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Develop coordinated business councils.
  • Offer business development workshops.
  • Offer business façade improvements.
  • Submit activities within your organization to a central website/media forum in order to both attract people to your business and provide a social opportunity.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Beautify downtown districts/develop rural design guidelines.
  • Develop historic tourism programs.
  • Hold city/county beautification days.
  • Implement landscape ordinances and design guidelines.
  • Incentivize historic site investment.
  • Maintain and develop sidewalks to increase walkability.
  • Promote and encourage local festivals and events.
  • Promote and support affordable housing.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Develop local Agricultural Tourism Initiatives
  • Develop a forum or venue for meetings with citizens, business, government administrations, and elected officials to build consensus. (Held in a non-government setting).
  • Hold community visits to share success stories.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Embracing our rich history and heritage while continuing to grow opportunities to enjoy and participate in cultural entertainment and recreational activities.

Individual (Personal) Actions

  • Attend local festivals and community activities.
  • Engage in public school volunteer opportunities.
  • Patronize local arts, theater and cultural events.
  • Recognize and develop local artistic talents.
  • Seek out newcomers and engage them.
  • Seek out opportunities to volunteer at events that promote the local community.
  • Visit one local historical site per month for an entire year.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Business/Institutional Actions

  • Address transportation needs for specific community events through existing faith-based organizations.
  • Develop business community mentoring programs to support schools and student retention and graduation.
  • Identify successful youth activity/volunteer programs.
  • Serve as corporate sponsors for youth activity/facilities.
  • Colleges:
    • Encourage on-campus programs that keep students from driving to off-site activities.
    • Promote athletic and cultural activities on campus and encourage student attendance.
  • High Schools:
    • Develop social activities for students that meet the diverse needs of student populations.
    • Promote athletic and cultural activities and encourage student attendance.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

City/County Actions

  • Celebrate local history.
  • Conduct a survey of the young people (teenagers) in your community and ask them to suggest community programs.
  • Develop historic tourism programs.
  • Incentivize historic site investment.
  • Promote and strengthen recreation programs and facilities for youth (specifically teenagers).
  • Protect historic sites.
  • Study youth transportation needs.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas

Regional Actions

  • Develop a regional consortium for arts and culture.
  • Develop a regional events calendar that includes events happening across all 10 counties.
  • Develop a regional historic tourism initiative.
  • Develop a regional plan to promote arts, cultural and sports venues across the region.
  • Encourage local Convention and Visitors Bureaus to collaborate for future opportunities.
  • Promote small business development in downtowns and create regional incentives for such programs.
  • Work with SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism to promote areas within the Upstate.
  • other actions: Submit your ideas