The city of Seguin was recently named a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).
“We are so excited to be here today,” Dan Hunter, TDA assistant commissioner for water and rural affairs, said. “You, in Seguin, are to be honored with this designation and to know that you are only one of 26 cities in the whole state of Texas that has this designation.”
During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Hunter, representing Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller, presented Mayor Don Keil along with Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) staff a proclamation as well as signs to hang around town, showing off the city’s newest designator.
“This is one of those not every community can qualify for,” Hunter said. “You have to have certain things in progress.”
According to a SEDC press release, the Texas Certified Retirement Community (CRC) Program was made developed “to help rural Texas communities encourage retirees and potential retirees to make their homes in Texas communities that have met the criteria for certification by the department as a Texas Certified Retirement Community.”
“This is a big deal folks, and it took a lot of work by these people here (SEDC staff),” Keil said.
The release described the mission of the CRC program as promoting Texas as a retirement destination, encouraging tourism, establishing a user-friendly certification program and maintaining a reliable and trusted program.
“Retirees positively impact Seguin through their community service efforts, their dedication to community involvement and their generous contributions to local businesses,” SEDC director Terry Trevino said. “Seguin is a wonderful place to call home, and I’m excited for all retirees who relocate to Seguin and have the opportunity to experience our history, eat our food, shop our merchants and join our celebrations.”
Over the past few years, the release said SEDC staff has worked to complete the application for the designation which included a Retiree Desirability Assessment (Analysis of Demographics; Tax Structure; Local Housing Availability, Opportunity and Cost; Personal Safety, Security, and Crime Statistics; Employment and Volunteer Opportunities; Availability of Health Care Services; Availability of Emergency Medical Services; Public Transportation and Major Highways; Continuing Education; Leisure Living; Recreational Areas and Facilities; Performing Arts; Festivals and Events; Sports at all levels) Marketing Plan, and Long-Term Plan and Letters of Evidence/Support.
“This certification will not only assist SEDC in our efforts to market the city of Seguin, but it will also provide our community with large-scale exposure through association with the well-established GO TEXAN marketing campaign,” Trevino said. “The Certified Retirement Community certification will positively impact both economic and social conditions in Seguin, as it enhances the wealth of brainpower available for community service and adds to the talent pool for local part-time employment. In fact, a relocating couple has an economic impact of 3.7 factory jobs in the community.”
All in all, Keil said it was a great honor to receive the recognition.
“Those of us who already live in Seguin know what a great city we have, and we invite everyone to come to Seguin to share in the ‘good life’ that we all enjoy here,” he said.