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American Association of Retirement Communities To Hold Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia on November 5 – 7, 2001

JACKSONVILLE -- October 17, 2001 -- Experts in the field of retiree attraction will be meeting in Savannah, Georgia on November 5 – 7, 2001, to share their knowledge with participants at the annual conference of the American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC). Each year, the AARC hosts this “gathering” of experts with the goal of helping conference participants gain better ideas of how to attract retirees to their individual communities or states.

Retiree attraction is becoming a major economic development strategy for many states, regions, communities and even private companies. The economic impact of the average retired couple moving to a community is that they bring over $250,000 in total assets and have an average retirement income of $30,000 plus. A retiree couple moving to a community has the same economic impact as 3.7 new factory jobs being created. In addition, retirees usually become involved in the community through volunteer work, attending church, and belonging to various civic and professional groups. Overall retiree attraction is a recession-proof industry as retirees are financially and physically able to relocate anywhere they may select.

Who Should Attend? State, city, and county officials, economic developers, private developers, chamber of commerce officials, tourism agencies, and members of any other organizations targeting retirees as a market.

Program topics include: national trends in senior housing, permanent tourism, strategic planning for communities, integrated marketing to baby boomers, gauging the market for active adult retirement communities, what some states are doing to attract retirees, and many others.

The conference is being held at the Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, Georgia. For more information regarding the conference or to register, call the AARC national headquarters at 256-782-5700.

CONTACT: American Association of Retirement Communities, C/o Center for Economic Development, Jacksonville State University, Telephone: (256) 782-5271.


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