Tarboro & Edenton join North Carolina’s Certified Retirement Community Program

Tarboro, Edenton join Certified Retirement Community program

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(lf-rt) The Division’s Wit Tuttell and Andre Nabors, and Tarboro’s Josh Edmondson and Morgan Whitehurst

Yesterday (Tuesday April 22, 2014) morning, Executive Director Wit Tuttell and Tourism Development Manager Andre Nabors presented the Town of Tarboro with its N.C. Certified Retirement Community certificate. On Tuesday afternoon, Tuttell and Nabors presented the Town of Edenton with its N.C. Certified Retirement Community certificate.

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(lf-rt) Edenton Mayor Roland Vaughan and City Councilman Bob Quinn, the Division’s Andre Nabors, Chowan County Commissioner Alex Kehayes, and the Division’s Wit Tuttell

The distinction means that the state has certified that Tarboro and Edenton both have the infrastructure and amenities sought by retirees. In addition, the Division will provide promotional assistance to help encourage retirees to visit and relocate to those areas. Tarboro and Edenton met a rigorous set of requirements, including a comprehensive community survey and an asset assessment of each community’s preparedness for retiree attraction. Now that the cities has each been named a Certified Retirement Community, each will work with the Division to promote Tarboro and Edenton as great relocation destinations for retirees through RetireNC and consumer trade shows, such as the AARP Life@50+ and Ideal Living Resort & Retirement Expo. Tarboro and Edenton are the latest towns to be designated into the N.C. Certified Community Program, joining Asheboro, Eden, Lumberton, Marion, Pittsboro, Mount Airy, and Sanford.

The General Assembly has charged the N.C. Dept. of Commerce with operating the state’s Certified Retirement Community program (SB 1627), which recognizes towns that are positioning themselves for retiree attraction as an economic and community development strategy. Once a community has completed the certification process, the Division will help market and promote the community through Web presence on RetireNC, e-marketing, social media, public relations, visitor services, and research among other opportunities. For more information on the N.C. Certified Retirement Community program, contactAndré Nabors at (919) 733-7502.