Local elected officials from all over the Upstate will gather Thursday at the BMW Zentrum to meet with all of the various development and government liaison groups that currently serve the 10 Upstate counties.
This leadership forum is being hosted by the Appalachian Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Ten at the Top, Upper Savannah Regional Council of Governments, Upstate Chamber Coalition, Upstate Forever and the Upstate SC Alliance.
Dean Hybl, executive director of Ten at the Top, says a big reason for the meeting is to show elected leaders that there is no duplication of services among the many regional organizations.
He says the event is an opportunity for city and county leadership to interact with other elected leaders to learn more about how regional organizations are all working toward enhancing collaboration and economic vitality.
Hybl says his organization, Ten at the Top, works on elements like transportation, education and land use planning, considering the Upstate’s long-term picture.
Hal Johnson, Upstate SC Alliance president and CEO, says,
Because we have never all stood together to outline our missions and roles, often you hear that there is a perception amongst some leaders within the region that our organizations are duplicating efforts. We want to clear the air on that issue by being real honest in illustrating that each regional group is extremely focused on a set program of work that differs from the others, but ultimately is complimentary. At the end of the day, each of us wants the Upstate to achieve a higher quality of life but it takes what each regional organization is doing to help get us down that path.