Released by Commisioner Todd Staples' Office:
AUSTIN, TX — Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today officially recognized the city of Henderson as a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community (CRC).
The CRC Program helps communities attract retirees and potential retirees to make their homes in Texas. Henderson is the 39th community in the state to be certified.
"I extend my most sincere congratulations to the citizens and leaders of Henderson for achieving this notable certification," Commissioner Staples said. "Not only do retirees have a significant economic impact on the regions in which they reside, but they also bring a wealth of knowledge and energy to community service, employment and business."
Retirees spend an average $42,500 each year in their respective communities. Community leaders believe the CRC designation will bring benefits to the area.
"The City of Henderson is a dynamic community, with many activities for all age groups, we welcome with open arms those who are retired, and look forward to the many positive qualities they will contribute to our city," Henderson Mayor John W. Fullen said.
"The GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community certification is an excellent opportunity to get the word out about Henderson, Texas," said State Representative Chuck Hopson. "Through this partnership between the Texas Department of Agriculture and the people of Henderson, we will continue to see more retirees establish happy and productive lives in one of East Texas' greatest communities."
To become a CRC, communities must complete an application and retirement desirability assessment covering a wide range of topics, including demographics, tax structure, local housing availability, safety, employment opportunities, availability of health care services, public transportation and more. The application process also requires communities to submit a marketing plan and long-term plan for maintaining and improving desirability for retirees. An independent volunteer advisory team representing leaders in business, health care, city/state government and retirees reviews and scores the applications.
"The Texas Department of Agriculture is looking forward to working with Henderson and our other certified retirement communities in a campaign to make Texas the No. 1 retirement destination in America," Commissioner Staples said.
The CRC Program is open to any community in Texas that wants to showcase itself as a retirement location and a tourist destination. Interested communities should contact TDA's Rural Economic Development Division toll free at (877) 428-7848 or e-mail finance@TexasAgriculture.gov.
For more information on the GO TEXAN CRC Program, please visit TDA's website at www.TexasAgriculture.gov and click on Retire in Texas.