Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Texas' now certifying it's retirement communities : Laredo not on list

Hmmmm, No entries for Laredo ??
The state of Texas is now certifying cities and towns that meet certain criteria as "retirement communities. As today's Valley Morning Star  proudly proclaimed "Harlingen is on board". That means that Harlingen, along with South Padre Island, meets this criteria that serves to ensure that cities are doing their part in providing a good quality of life for residents and visitors. This includes being able to meet residents living, education, employment and health needs among other things.

A list of all certified cities and towns in Texas can be found at Also,  the stie contains details on what cities wanting to achieve the status of a certified retiring community need to do. It reads: 
The GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community Program is a certification and promotion program provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture. To become a certified retirement community, each community must complete a rigorous application process including a retiree desirability assessment. Each application is reviewed and scored by an independent advisory committee comprised of volunteers who are experienced in various aspects of community and economic development.
The GO TEXAN stamp of approval ensures each certified community has demonstrated through its application that it can meet the living, employment/volunteer, health, entertainment, education and safety needs of its citizens and visitors - all the things that make Texas a great place to retire. 
Please take a moment to review each of Texas' certified retirement communities.  Additional communities are added as they are certified...So come back often.


  1. Excellent post. I want to say and I am not sure but the city is working towards this. If you take a look at the Farmers Market, it is the first certified farmers market and it promotes any Go Texan product for sale. Check out:

    While that kind of certification and a retirement community certification are different, I think that is one of Laredo's goals. I should ask those in the know because you bring up something to definitely think about.

  2. I'm glad you find it interesting. I certainly would like to see Laredo be on that list of communities. It'd be another step forward. One step at a time- ok baby steps maybe.