Jamestown, High Point partner together to become certified retirement community

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Two places in the Piedmont have been recognized as communities that are ideal for retirement.

Jamestown and High Point partnered together to become a North Carolina Certified Retirement Community.

The certification came through Retire NC after a rigorous application process that took months to complete.

The cost of living, access to medical care, and leisure activities were some of the criteria considered.

One of the benefits of the certification is that it will allow the town and city to work with the state to do large-scale marketing that is typically unaffordable for most cities.

“They’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars nationwide trying to get retirement folks to come to North Carolina,” Tim Mabe, President & CEO of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.

After 30 years of working in the DC metro area, Donna and John Pinckney retired in High Point in 2008.

“I'm from Yadkinville and I knew that the cost of housing was remarkably better than our area,” Donna Pinckney said.

Pinckney and her husband are involved at the Roy B. Culler Senior Center in High Point and have noticed other people are moving south.

“We’ve met a lot of transplants since we've been here so it seems to be a good spot,” John Pinckney said.

Right now there is also a push to attract millennials, but town and city leaders say retirees are an attractive group because even after ending a career, they contribute to local economies.

“A lot of times they have maybe worked 25, 30 years at a company and they're coming to North Carolina opening a business that is their passion,” Georgia Nixon, a Jamestown Town Council member, said.

The Welcome High Point Committee is raising money to have enough revenue for marketing, including developing a website specifically for people interested in moving to the area.

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