RALEIGH — Lumberton has been re-designated a N.C. Certified Retirement Community.
The announcement was made recently by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
“Lumberton was the first city in North Carolina to become a certified retirement town,” Mayor Bruce Davis said. “This equates to sales tax for us and income for our businesses. We were pleased to have Retire NC hold its annual meeting in Lumberton.”
The N.C. General Assembly established the program in 2008 to designate communities that offer unprecedented quality of living that is desirable to retirees.
“North Carolina is experiencing a healthy in-migration of retirees to the state, and this program aims to attract retirees and persuade them to put down roots here,” said Wit Tuttell, vice president of Tourism and Marketing at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
Communities with the certification receive marketing and promotion assistance from the Visit North Carolina.
To gain 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. Lumberton, which submitted its application, was noted for its many local amenities that are attractive to retirees.