Rural Communities Interested In Attracting Retirees

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Chinook Village, Alberta
Community Alberta http://www.chinookvillage.com/
Chinook Village, located in Medicine Hat, implemented the 'aging in place' concept. It is a retirement community that provides progressive lifestyle options for seniors, 50 years of age and over. Chinook Village is close to shopping centres, restaurants, medical offices, a golf course, bowling alley, travel agent, gas stations, banks and much more. Rural communities who wish to attract retirees can use it as a best practise and can implement the 'aging in place' concept.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Age-Friendly Rural/Remote Communities Initiative (AFRRCI)
Initiative Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/afc-caa/rural-rurales/intro-eng.php
The main objective of this initiative was to increase awareness of what seniors need to maintain active, healthy and productive lives within their communities by identifying indicators of age- friendly rural or remote communities. Ten communities from eight jurisdictions participated in this initiative. In an age-friendly community, policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to age actively by recognizing the wide range of capacities and resources among older people and by respecting the decisions and lifestyle choices of older adults. The initiative can be used as a best practice by rural communities to become an age-friendly community.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Age - friendly Rural and Remote Communities - A guide
Guide Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/alt-formats/pdf/publications/public/healthy-sante/age_friendly_rural/AFRRC_en.pdf
The guide provides a summary of the considered thoughts, ideas and suggestions about what constitutes an age-friendly community. It is intended to foster dialogue and action that supports and enables older people to 'age actively' and to participate fully in society. It is also intended to provide communities across Canada with food for thought as they work to ensure that their policies, services and structures take into consideration the needs and desires of seniors. The guide can help municipal governments to develop and implement actions to support their senior population and attract retirees.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Elliot Lake, Ontario
Community Canada http://www.retireelliotlake.com/
Elliot Lake is a retirement community of Ontario (population of 11,348). In 1990, the population of Elliot Lake was 16,000 and 4,500 residents were working for the mines. The residents started leaving the community due to the closure of its hydro uranium mining industry in 1990. The community decided to transform itself into a retirement destination. A non-profit organization, Elliot Lake Retirement Living Inc., was created to market the community to seniors. A number of vacant dwellings in the city were rented to seniors who were willing to migrate to Elliot Lake. Various facilities, especially the Renaissance Seniors' Centre, were developed to cater to the needs of seniors. A decade later, Elliot Lake has attracted approximately 4,000 retirees and has stabilized its population and economy.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
Community Canada http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/lakeside-condos-a-major-boom-in-lac-du-bonnet-160211285.html
Lac du Bonnet is a retirement and tourism community of southern Manitoba. Due to its proximity to Winnipeg and Lee Rivers, lands adjacent to these waterways have become a haven to full-time and seasonal residents. The census claims the town's population grew 32 per cent in five years, an increase of about 300 people, to 1,328. Retirees move from larger urban centres to make Lac du Bonnet their home. The Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet presently ranks 16th out of 200 Manitoba municipalities in terms of overall assessed value.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Alabama Advantage Model
Model Other http://www.alabamaadvantage.com/
The Alabama model provides assistance to rural communities in all phases of retiree attraction, including planning and technical assistance, literature development, coordinated marketing efforts, financial assistance, and amenity development. The key components of this initiative included the Alabama Reunion, which attracted many former Alabamans back to visit the State, was used as a vehicle to promote retiree attraction; a statewide survey identified communities interested in joining a new program to attract retirees to rural communities and collected infrastructure data in each participating community; the State produced color brochures promoting retirement in Alabama and annual State-level conferences instructed local leaders on techniques for attracting retirees and allowed participants to share success stories.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
South Carolina Planned Retirement Community Model
Model Other http://www.bestguide-retirementcommunities.com/southcarolinaretirementcommunities.html
South Carolina has emphasized planned retirement communities as a vehicle to bring retirees into the state. South Carolina's move in this direction began when a regional economic development agency of the state obtained over 3,000 acres of prime development land to develop a retirement/recreation community for upper- and middle-income retirees. This community was slated for 5,100 home sites and is expected to have a major impact on the surrounding rural county and nearby metropolitan areas.Some States, such as Michigan and Mississippi, have recently eliminated income taxes for retirees in an attempt to attract retirees. The best marketing approach may involve word-of-mouth advertising, which means that places that start early in attracting retirees and succeed in satisfying them may gain an advantage over other places.

Rural communities interested in attracting Retirees
Economic Expansion Using Retiree Income: A Workbook for Rural Washington Communities
Workbook Other http://openagricola.nal.usda.gov/Record/CAT10877674
The workbook covers a wide variety of topics, including background material on retiree impacts, community assessment, marketing and a good bibliography. Rural communities can get more information from National Agricultural Library, United States Department of Agriculture.


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