Certified State Retirement Community
On Friday, November 20, State officials were on hand to present the City of Reidsville with its N.C. Certified Retirement Community designation.
Wit Tuttell, Vice President of Tourism and Marketing for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and Andre Nabors, Manager, Partner Relations, for Visit North Carolina, made the presentation during a press conference held at City Hall. Accepting the proclamation were Mayor Jay Donecker, Councilman Tom Balsley and Judy Yarbrough of the City's Marketing Department, who oversaw the committee that put together the application for the Retirement Community designation.
The N.C. Department of Commerce had announced earlier in the month that Reidsville had been designated an N.C. Certified Retirement Community. The N.C. General Assembly established the program in 2008 to designate communities that offer quality of living that is desirable to retirees.
The City of Eden was named a Certified Retirement Community in 2014. Nabors told those present at the 10 a.m. press conference that with Reidsville's designation, Rockingham County was the first County in the State to have two municipalities with the honor.
In order to obtain certification, a local government must submit an application that includes a comprehensive community survey and assessment tool that spans numerous dimensions reflecting the City’s readiness for retiree attraction. Ratings criteria include demographics, housing/technology, healthcare, the local economy, leisure/cultural opportunities, services for retirees and community/education/military.
“Reidsville is thrilled to have been selected for this designation,” according to Mayor Jay Donecker. “We have always had a strong relationship with our Seniors. While we will continue to recruit new industry and young families to our area, this allows us to expand our approach to active retirees who want to make North Carolina their home.
“Reidsville’s Senior Center was the first in Rockingham County and the first here in the County to achieve the Center of Excellence designation from the State,” he continued. “Our quaint revitalized downtown, walking trails, excellent network of neighborhoods, brand new state-of-the-art Senior Center under construction are just a small sample of what we have to offer retirees to Reidsville.”
This State certification comes on the heels of one financial technology company ranking Reidsville as #8 in North Carolina for cities offering the most recreational and social opportunities for retirees.
A group of local residents, business leaders, retirees and City staff worked diligently on the application. Communities with this official designation receive marketing and promotion assistance from Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
The N.C. General Assembly, during the 2008 session, recognized the inherent abundance of quality living that the state offers and established the N.C. Certified Retirement Community Program (S.B. 1627) as a vehicle to designate communities that offer this unprecedented, quality of living that is sought by the mature community. The N.C. Department of Commerce accepts applications for the Certified Retirement Community Program in January and July of each calendar year. More information on the program can be found at. www.nccommerce.com/tourism/programs-services/certified-retirement.