MISSION & HISTORY.
The Upstate Mobility Alliance is a coalition of public, private, and community partners who are committed to fulfilling the Upstate Mobility Vision.
The ultimate success for the Alliance will be an Upstate region with greater access to transportation choices for all residents and easy movement of people and goods across the region. Accomplishing this vision will take a commitment to build cross-sector and cross-jurisdictional partnerships and a collective voice that champions bold thinking and a willingness to challenge the status quo through support and investment in innovative initiatives that enhance mobility in the region.
Membership in the Upstate Mobility Alliance is open to any individual or organization in Upstate SC that shares the vision of creating a more vibrant and connected region. The initiatives of the Alliance are directed by a Leadership Committee, with the daily work of advancing the mobility vision handled by a Director. To facilitate a more strategic approach to addressing the broad mobility spectrum, four task forces have been created to focus on the areas of public transportation, active and livable communities, technology and innovation, and mobility investments.
The Upstate Mobility Alliance, an initiative under the operational umbrella of Ten at the Top and the 501.c.3 entity Our Upstate-SC, is the result of work done by Ten at the Top and regional partners on the Connecting Our Future (COF) initiative.
COF began in July of 2017 as the outcome of the Shaping Our Future Regional Growth Alternatives Analysis led by Upstate Forever and Ten at the Top to understand how growth projections would impact our region, both positively and negatively. The COF process has provided a tremendous platform for transportation organizations, private business and industry, community organizations, local governments, and other stakeholders to begin holding regular and meaningful conversations about how to collectively leverage all the individual efforts and investments being made around transportation and mobility in the Upstate.
The COF work can be viewed as two distinct phases. The first phase included the development of a Mobility Vision for the Upstate as well as identification of potential regional strategies. This phase also included the hiring of a transportation consultant to conduct initial research on the mobility environment in the region.
The second phase was focused on reviewing and prioritizing different strategies and tactics to implement projects that have the greatest opportunity for positive impacts in moving people and goods across the Upstate region.
While the initial COF effort has focused on developing a vision and desired strategies from the vision, the Upstate Mobility Alliance will be the group to usher in its implementation over the next several years.
As the Director of the Upstate Mobility Alliance, Michael’s role is to lead the Alliance in achieving the vision of making the ten-county Upstate South Carolina region “a vibrant and connected region, where transportation policy and investments promote innovation, sustainable development, and economic prosperity for all residents and businesses.”
Michael is a graduate of Columbia Southern University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and MBA in International Management. He and his wife, Chrissie, have one son, Noah, and live in Greenville. Prior to joining TATT, Michael served as Chief of Staff for Prisma Health and spent 15 years with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in various staff and leadership roles.
Leadership Team Co-Chairs
Leesa Owens - Michelin North America
Keith Scott - City of Anderson
Leadership Team Members
Ernie Boughman, Toole Design
Brad Cline, Michelin North America
Scott Craig, JTEKT North America
Suzanne Dickerson, SC Council on Competitiveness
Rob Krulac, CUICAR
Nicole McAden, Greenlink
Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Blake Sanders, Studio Main LLC
Will Whitley, Michelin North America
Bank of America
Barbara Stone Foundation/ Greenville Can
Bike Walk Greenville
Carolinas Alliance 4 Innovation
City of Anderson
City of Easley
Clayton Construction Company, Inc.
Clemson Area Transit CATbus
Greenville Track Club
Greenville Tech Foundation
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
GSP International Airport
JTEKT North America
Maddrey & Associates
Michelin North America
Palmetto Clean Fuels/ Energy Office
Ten at the Top
Toole Design Group
Town of West Pelzer
United Way of Anderson County
Upstate Workforce Board