LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES SEVEN LOUISIANA LOCALES FOR CERTIFICATION AS RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES -- 05/02/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007
LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES SEVEN LOUISIANA LOCALES FOR CERTIFICATION AS RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES
Funding, Marketing and Technical Assistance Offered Cities & Parishes To Attract, Retain Retirees
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, who oversees the Louisiana Retirement Development Commission, has launched a new initiative to bolster Louisiana as a premier retirement destination. The program, Redefine Life, Retire in Louisiana, Certified Retirement Community, was designed to assist Louisiana cities and parishes in their efforts to attract and retain retired adults. On May 8, 2007, the Lt. Governor will join community representatives to announce seven communities who will be certified in this first year of the annual competitive process.
"We launched this initative as part of our effort to make Louisiana a haven for retirees," Lt. Governor Landrieu said. "We are working to leverage our resources to help Louisiana communities send the message that they are an ideal place to retire." Landrieu added, "Our state has much to offer retirees looking to relocate - including a low cost of living, a unique culture, and a warm climate."
The communities selected include the cities of Covington, Crowley, Lake Charles, and Thibodaux. Parishes selected for retirement certification are St. Landry, Natchitoches and Jefferson Parish.
The selected communities receive inclusion in state-level marketing efforts, technical assistance, networking opportunities and funding to support the program. Matching grants of $10,000 will be awarded to seven communities during the first year. The funding supports the requirements of a participating community: strategic and annual action plans, marketing efforts, a community forum event and final report submission.
In Louisiana, residents 55 and older provided an economic benefit of $319 million and contributed $598 million to charities in 2000.