Friday, October 9, 2009
HOUSTON (October 6, 2009) – In its November/December 2009 issue, Where to Retire magazine, the only magazine in America geared to helping people with retirement relocation decisions, profiles eight cities and towns with moderating economies or lower-than-average unemployment rates. The places featured are Rapid City, SD; Billings, MT; Baton Rouge, LA; Bradenton, FL; Boulder, CO; Portland, ME; Pascagoula, MS; and Provo, UT. The November/December issue mailed to subscribers nationwide on October 1, 2009.
According to Where to Retire editor, Mary Lu Abbott, a more active generation who wants to stay involved is “reworking” retirement today. Many retiring from the work force now are starting second careers, to do something stimulating and fulfilling or simply to supplement retirement income. Even in the current economy, there are relocation options that can provide choices for new retirement ventures. These towns and cities feature chambers of commerce and other organizations that aim to assist residents in establishing new businesses or developing new skills.
“Located between the deserts of Badlands National Park and Black Hills National Forest, Rapid City, SD, has a comparatively low unemployment rate, and the city’s Economic Development Partnership has a loan fund for startups, business expansions and relocation. Billings, MT, has an economic base in agriculture, energy and tourism with ExxonMobil as one major employer; the Big Sky Economic Development Authority is a regional partnership offering free consulting services. Baton Rouge, LA, gained hundreds of jobs in goods-producing sectors over the past year, and home sales increased more than 10 percent in one month this summer. Bradenton, FL, showed a substantial increase in housing starts over the past year, and the Virtual Entrepreneur Center provides online information about starting or relocating a business to the Florida High Tech Corridor. Boulder, CO, is home to federal labs and a research-oriented university that help to draw businesses in aerospace, bioscience, renewable energy and more to the area. In Maine, Portland’s economy relies on small, locally owned businesses, and an entrepreneurial center at Southern Maine Community College promotes this tradition by offering courses on starting a business and a startup certificate. Pascagoula, MS, has petrochemical, geospatial and shipbuilding industries, and the county has a program that offers training for potential business owners. Provo, UT, has invested millions in funding early-stage companies with the potential of creating quality local jobs and is interested in attracting companies in biotechnology, marketing and networking, electronics and more,” Abbott said.
Each year, 700,000 Americans move to new towns to retire. Generally healthier, better educated and more affluent than retirees who stay put, relocating retirees bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.
Where to Retire magazine was launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire. Now published six times a year, the magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns, and master-planned communities, and has a national average circulation of 220,000 and an average readership of 500,000. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is now $18.00 (a 39% savings from newsstand price). The magazine is also found on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores. For a magazine subscription, visit www.wheretoretire.com or send a check or money order to: Vacation Publications, Attn: Where to Retire, 5851 San Felipe Street, Suite 500, Houston, TX 77057. Phone Orders: (713) 974-6903.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Meet the Candidates Nights begin tomorrow. Do you know who is running for office in your district?
Now is your chance to meet them.
Provo- Hosted by the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce
TOMORROW, October 8th at 6:30pm
Provo City Council Chambers
(351 West Center Street-park on Center Street, enter front doors of Provo City Building and turn to your right)
Moderator: Mark Robinson, Managing Partner of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson
Spanish Fork- Hosted by the Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce
TOMORROW, October 8th at 6:00pm
Spanish Fork City Office (40 South Main)
Springville- Hosted by the Springville Chamber of Commerce
October 14th at 12:00pm
Springville Art Museum (Atrium)
Lunch will be $5- RSVP to the Springville Chamber at (801) 489-4681
American Fork- Hosted by the American Fork Youth Council
October 14th at 6:15pm
Shelley Elementary (602 N 200 W)
Payson-Hosted by the UPEA
October 20th at 7:00pm
Teetneet Academy ( 10 S 600 E)
October 21st at 6:00pm
Hidden Hollow Elementary (2546 East Pony Express Parkway)
October 22nd at 6:00pm
The Sunset Room at the Cedar Hills Golf Club
October 22th at 6:30pm
Lehi Senior Center (123 N Center)
Pleasant Grove- Hosted by the Pleasant Grove Library Board
October 22nd at 7:00pm
Pleasant Grove Library (30 East Center, Downstairs)
Alpine- Hosted by the Alpine Youth Council
October 22nd at 7:00pm
Westfield Elementary (380 S. Long Drive)
Orem- Hosted by the Orem Youth Council
October 28th at 7:00pm
Orem Senior Friendship Center at 93 North 400 East.
Lindon- Meet the Candidates on their website.
Saratoga Springs- no information available, visit their website.
If you have any questions, please call the Utah Valley Chamber at 801-851-2555.
Announcing Deseret First Credit Union as the title sponsor for the 2009 Deseret First Duel Tailgate Party
On November 28th at 12:00 noon, local football fans can attend a free tailgate party to help kick off Utah’s rivalry game at the Lodges at Alpine Village, 1340 N. Freedom Blvd, Provo, UT. Activities include entertainment, food, prizes, contests, and more. Donations will also be accepted to help with the South Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort and to help bring Christmas to survivors and their families.
Any local Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce business that would like to be involved in the Tailgate Party or the After Party Dance, held at the same location, can contact event producer, Vyking Entertainment at 310.698.2004 or info@VykingEntertainment.com
The family of the Utah man killed in the two-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 east of Fernley, NV on Sunday, September 20th has established a bank account for anyone wishing to make a donation. Dr. Damon Faust, 46 of Mapleton, Utah, was a passenger in the van his wife Barbara was driving, when it was struck from behind by another vehicle and rolled over. Barbara Faust, 43, was transported from the accident scene by Care Flight and is currently in the intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center. As of this afternoon she is still in critical condition. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to this family should send a check or money order to the following bank: Zion’s Banks, Provo University Office, 1060 North University Avenue, Provo, UT 84604, (801) 370-4434
Zion’s Bank policy does not permit this bank account number to be published publicly, so it should be noted in the letter sent with any check or money order that this is for Dr. Damon Faust. If a receipt is required by the donor, that should also be noted in the letter. One may also visit any branch of Zion’s Bank in person to make a contribution.
There are 8 children between the ages of 4 and 18 still at home. Dr. Faust was self employed and the sole provider for the family. They didn't have life insurance or medical insurance. Any financial assistance would be of great assistance to the family. Additional fundraising efforts to be determined. Thank you for your help!