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Troy ranks high as retirement community

A good place for retirees.

That’s how a recent study conducted by the Center for Economic Development at Jacksonville State described Troy.

In its ranking of Troy as a highly rated retirement community, the center cited many aspects of our community including:

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Size of our community

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Proximity to institutions of higher learning

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Low crime rates

· Low property tax

· Low cost of living

· Abundant outdoor recreation

· An excellent senior complex

· Proximity to a metropolitan area

· Good medical care

· Involved and active city management

· Available technology and access to the Internet

· Quality housing at reasonable rates

· And good commercial development.

That’s a long list of categories, and it’s reassuring that Troy scored well on all those assets.

The challenge, now, is to capitalize on this ranking. Troy and Pike County leaders have just begun to tap the "retiree market," as well we should.

With thousands of retirees seeking a new place to call home each year, Troy and Pike County need to position themselves to make the most of the opportunities. We have the quality of life; the access to the beaches and the big cities; the access to higher education; and the warm climate that so many retirees seek. Add to that the charm of our community, and it’s an attractive package.

Other communities in the state and across the South have long recognized the opportunity that lies in attracting retirees. These people bring economic impact ­ from the houses they purchase or lease to the food they buy to the services the contract ­ for any community. And, they often bring more intangibles: a willing volunteer; a sense of civic stewardship and responsibility; a desire to be a part of a community and to contribute to its future.

If Troy and Pike County can become a key retiree community, we will all benefit.  

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