February 27th, 2018
By Lisa Hallo
The Land Planning & Policy Champion at the 2018 ForeverGreen Luncheon was Dean Hybl, executive director at Ten at the Top, for going above and beyond his job description on land use policy, especially in his partnership with Upstate Forever on the Shaping Our Future Growth Alternatives Analysis.
This eye-opening growth study shows an urgent need for more balanced land use practices in the Upstate and provides a tool for citizens and community leaders to engage in a more informed discussion about growth choices.
Dean was instrumental in many aspects of the Shaping Our Future work. Not only did Ten at the Top contribute substantial financial and in-kind resources to support the effort, but Dean himself contributed hundreds of hours assisting with the selection of the consultant and recruitment of steering committee members; participating in bi-weekly conference calls regarding the project; and planning and hosting meetings and forums.
Since becoming the first full-time Executive Director of the fledgling organization in 2010, Dean has helped Ten at the Top earn regional and national recognition for developing connections, fostering collaboration, and building regional capacity across communities and stakeholder groups around issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life in the Upstate.
Originally from Keysville, Virginia, Dean is a graduate of James Madison University. He and his wife, Suzy, have two children—Bethany and Nate—and currently reside in Greer.