Eden named official retirement community

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EDEN, N.C. — The City of Eden has been designated an N.C. Certified Retirement Community, the N.C. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday.

The N.C. General Assembly established the program in 2008 to designate communities that offer unprecedented quality of living that is desirable to retirees.

“Eden’s rivers, small town friendliness, and proximity to the mountains and beaches make it an attractive community for retirees,” said Eden Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Tuggle. “There are places in this country that will simply not be affordable for retirees and we want to show them an alternative place to spend their golden years.”

Eden, which submitted its application in July 2013, was noted for its many local amenities that are attractive to retirees. Communities with this official designation receive marketing and promotion assistance from the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development.

To gain certification, a local government must submit an application that includes a comprehensive community survey and assessment tool that spans numerous dimensions reflective of the city’s readiness for retiree attraction.

Asheboro and Mount Airy are among several other locales that have been designated official retirement communities.