Thursday, October 18th, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner Provided


Ten at the Top Office Building
Suite 503
124 Verdae Boulevard
Greenville, SC 29607


Dewey Evans

Presenting Sponsor

Shaping Our Future
Continuing Education Workshop 

Exploring the "Missing Middle"
Strategies for Building Mixed-Income, Multi-Generational Communities

Thursday, October 18th
5:00 - 7:00 PM 


 Keynote speaker Karen Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc. will explore "missing middle housing" as a potential strategy for diversifying housing options to meet changing demands of major consumer groups (i.e. millennials and baby boomers) and expanding affordable, walkable living opportunities, especially in communities experiencing gentrification.  Missing middle housing describes home types such as duplexes, triplexes, and accessory dwelling units that were once common in neighborhoods across the country, but are rarely built today.  Parolek will also highlight barriers that developers face when trying to build missing middle housing types and provide examples of communities (in the Southeast and nationally) working successfully to eliminate those barriers.


Featured Speaker

Karen Parolek, Principal & CFO
Opticos Design, Inc.


The October 18th presentation is part of a larger educational series stemming from the Shaping our Future Growth Alternatives Analysis, an eye-opening study released by Upstate Forever in 2017 in partnership with Ten at the Top and the Riley Institute at Furman University. 

This workshop has received approval for 1.5 hours of continuing education by the South Carolina Planning Education Advisory Committee.

Ms. Parolek will also be presenting the folllowing day to a predominantly Greenville-based audience at the Greenville County Housing Forum, an event being held at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in downtown Greenville from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Individual Ticket Price: $10

Ticket includes admission to workshop, as well as dinner.

Cancellations must be made at least seven (7) days in advance of event date to receive a refund of ticket cost.