The news is out: Our local region is a great place for retirees to live.

Houma-Terrebonne and Thibodaux are two of the eight areas around the state that have been named Louisiana Retirement Certified Areas by the Encore Louisiana Commission.

The others, for the record, are Lafayette, Lake Charles, Natchitoches, Ruston and Lincoln Parish, Toledo Bend and Sabine Parish, and Shreveport-Bossier City.

“These eight communities represent all of Louisiana and what we have to offer,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “With nearly 76 million baby boomers nearing retirement in the coming years, many states are working to draw them to their areas, and we thought we should take advantage to not only grow tourism but help spur economic development.”

While the news of our certification is welcome and gratifying, it is hardly surprising.

The people who live here already knew how special this place is. That is why we live here and enjoy the many unique blessings our region offers.

While we are well aware of how great we have it, the word might not have gotten around to the entire state or into other states.

So the state effort to make us more attractive to retirees from around the U.S. is a welcome effort that could pay off in the coming years.

As more people retire, they won’t be bound to their jobs and will be free to move anywhere they want. And who wouldn’t want to live here?

We boast excellent food and fun, recreational opportunities about, and a climate that can be hot but rarely stays extremely cold.

Those were some of the factors the commission examined in compiling the state’s list.

Nungesser’s office said more communities will be named to the list in the future. But the fact that we are among the first is flattering and beneficial.

This is a creative way to try to boost investments in our region and the others around the state. It goes well beyond trying to lure people here to take tours or eat crawfish – though those efforts, too, are worthwhile and appreciated. This is the beginning of a campaign to get people not just to visit here but to live here.

As we head into the spring season, boasting so many fun, local festivals, the time couldn’t be better to make the pitch: Come live here. Like us, you’ll be glad you did.

 

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