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Two More Counties Qualify for ‘Retiree Tennessee’ Senior-Recruitment Program

Press release from the Department of Economic & Community Development, July 5, 2012:  

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced Franklin and White counties have met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program, bringing the state’s total number of active Retire Tennessee programs to 14.

“The addition of Franklin and White counties to our Retire Tennessee Program reflects a commitment from each community to promote Tennessee as a great place for retirees to call home,” Hagerty said. “I applaud those communities that have made retiree recruitment a part of their economic development strategies and who see the benefits retirees can bring to the communities in which they choose to live.”

Communities participating in the Retire Tennessee Program have established a Retiree Relocation Committee, conducted a community assessment, started marketing efforts to attract and relocate the retiree market and participate in trade shows geared toward attracting retirees.

“Franklin County is a perfect fit for the Retire Tennessee Program”, Judy Taylor, executive director, Franklin County Chamber, said. “One visit will provide our new friends with a sense of hometown charm and great southern living.”

“Franklin County and Retire Tennessee are a perfect match due to the various natural resources, convenient amenities and great citizens in our county,” Mayor Richard Stewart, Franklin County, said.

“White County has been welcoming retirees for many years, and we are very excited about being part of the Retire Tennessee Program,” Herd Sullivan, White County executive, said. “Retirees are absolutely one of the best economic impact dollars we can recruit.”

The other Retire Tennessee communities are Cumberland, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Loudon, Maury, Putnam, Roane, Robertson, Sullivan and Warren counties.

For more information on the Retire Tennessee program, visit or contact Ramay Winchester, ECD Retire Tennessee director, at ramay.w.winchester@tn.govr.

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