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Sullivan County earns retirement Seal of Approval

Dana Glenn, Community Contributor • Dec 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County has earned the Seal of Approval from the American Association of Retirement Communities or AARC.

It is the nation’s leading organization for helping local governments and private communities attract retirees. The AARC Seal of Approval is presented annually to recipients that demonstrate a cutting-edge commitment to attract retirees through lifestyle programming, amenity development, communication programs and education.

“Sullivan County is a stunning example of a successful retirement community in Tennessee,” AARC chairperson Andre’ Nabors said.

“The Seal of Approval Communities are highlighted on the Retire TN website and also in our booklet that is handed out at several Ideal Living Resort & Retirement Expos. Sullivan County has made a commitment to be a ‘Best in Class’ lifestyle for retirees,” said Ramay Winchester, director of Retire Tennessee.

Sullivan County is represented by Move to Bristol and Move to Kingsport under the umbrella of the NETWORKS — Sullivan Partnership. NETWORKS is the economic development organization for Bluff City, Bristol and Kingsport, as well as the counties of Sullivan and Hawkins. For more information on Move to Bristol, go online to bristolchamber.com/move-to-bristol. For more information on Move to Kingsport, go online to movetokingsport.com. For more information on NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, go online to networkstn.com.

The AARC’s Seal of Approval program was established in 1994. Award winners are evaluated by a national panel of retirement destination experts on a variety of criteria, including healthcare, retireeappropriate housing, lifestyle amenities, adult education, recreational and cultural opportunities, and governmental and private support of retiree-focused programs. Learn more online at www.the-AARC.org

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