N.C. Certified Retirement Community Program

Visit North Carolina, the public-private organization that leads the state's visitor promotion efforts also operates a community development program for communities that are positioning for retiree attraction as an economic and community development strategy. North Carolina currently enjoys a robust in-migration of retirees to the state who desire to have it all.

The North Carolina General Assembly, during the 2008 short session, recognized the inherent panoply of quality living that the state offers and established theN.C. Certified Retirement Community Program (S.B. 1627) as a vehicle to designate communities that offer this unprecedented, quality of living that is sought by the mature community. Once certified, communities will be highlighted and promoted by RetireNC.


To gain certification, a local government must submit an application for consideration. Initial evaluation of the community and technical assistance is provided by Visit North Carolina staff. The designation has a five year life, after which communities will need to consider recertification at the sunset of the five year period.

For further information regarding the N.C. Certified Retirement Community Program, please contact:

Andre Nabors
Manager, Partner Relations
(919) 447-7771

Information Session Announcement

On December 7, 2011 an information session was held for interested applicants. Representatives from Commerce's Community Assistance and Tourism, Film, and Sports Development Divisions were on hand to present information and answer questions about the program.


Once a community has completed the certification process, the Visit North Carolina will help market and promote the community. For information on marketing, contact Andre Nabors at (919) 447-7771.

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