Former myregion.org Staff Member Selected as one of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 7:00 am
After spending five years promoting regional collaboration in the Central Florida area, and one year leading Upstate South Carolina’s efforts to develop a regional vision of its own, former myregion.org Program Manager, Dean Hybl, is selected as “One of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential” leaders of 2010. This honor comes just one year from the date that Hybl was tapped for the Executive Director position of Ten at the Top (TATT). No doubt, one of the factors contributing to this honor occurred when Dean and other leaders unveiled a draft vision to more than 400 residents from the South Carolina Upstate region at the Regional Vision Summit in Greenville, South Carolina.
Similar to the myregion.org business model Hybl employed while engaging public, private, and civic partners here locally, the purpose of the Ten at the Top organization is to build regional trust and consensus across the ten counties of the South Carolina Upstate Region through collaboration, data-driven research, consistent convening of leaders and citizens, and building consensus towards advancing key issues affecting the region. “Much like Central Florida,” commented Hybl, “the Upstate is an area that is projected to grow significantly in the future and local leaders see value in working collectively to make the region the best it can be. We have much more work to do, but it is nice to know that what we are doing is being recognized by those within our community.”
Originally known as Upstate Together, Ten at the Top was formalized in 2010 as a non-profit organization comprised of leaders across the Upstate’s 10 county region who work to encourage quality growth, enhance economic vitality, conserve natural and cultural resources, and seek quality of life in the Upstate Region. Once appointed, Executive Director Dean Hybl took the initiative to develop a Shared Upstate Growth Vision and, in just two months, gathered input from over 6,000 Upstate residents, ultimately presenting the initial draft vision to more than 400 elected officials, business leaders, and residents at a Regional Vision Summit. Following that, Ten at the Top (TATT) conducted a series of community forums giving residents the opportunity to provide further input on what mattered most to them as the region looks to grow over the next 20 years. Overall, TATT has engaged more than 9,000 residents in developing the Shared Upstate Growth Vision, with the final version to be unveiled later this year.
Crafted by the Ten at the Top Vision & Values Committee, the draft vision focuses on the desire of the Upstate Region to be universally recognized in 2030 as one of the leading places in the United States to live, do business, and raise a family. This is similar to the “How Shall We Grow?” initiative that took place in Central Florida, including a community conversation gathering input from more than 20,000 residents, and the regional growth vision that emerged in August, 2007.
Hybl shared this honor with a team of leaders who have helped advance the Upstate regional vision, including the Board Chair and three Vice Chairs. Much like any regional visioning project, successes thus far were made possible through collaboration and consensus building. “We consider the contributions of each of these people to be important in shaping Greenville’s business and community landscape in 2010… We wanted to recognize the several people who were integral in making these events happen.” – Greenville Business Magazine, January 2011.
myregion.org is one of four lines of business by which the Central Florida Partnership focuses on “Regional Research and Resolves.” By identifying and examining the changing demographics and powerful trends that are shaping the Central Florida Region – myregion.org is helping to identify the issues and challenges that affect our future.
Working together with Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce) focused on Regional Entrepreneurship, BusinessForce (Public Policy Advocacy), and Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership), the Central Florida Partnership is moving “Ideas to Results.”