New Bern officially recognized as a North Carolina Retirement Community
Neuse Realty supported Retire NC Initiative efforts by advertising in the Retire New Bern magazine. Pat Dumon and Margaret Rose, co-owners of Neuse Realty, Inc. are featured with Gayle Albertini of Gayleforce Design who crafted the ad campaign for Neuse Realty in the RETIRE NC initiative.
(Co-owners of Neuse Realty not pictured are: Margie Dunn, Joy Harsen and Marcia Werneke.)
On Wednesday, May 27, New Bern became the second coastal community in the state to be named a retirement city, along with Edenton. The N.C. Certified Retirement Community Program designation does not mean New Bern will benefit from grants or funding, but it will benefit from promotional efforts, Andrea Nabors said, manager of partner relations with Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. It is a marketing tool that allows the city, county and communities to promote their attractions to people ages 55 and older. Nabors will present that information at consumer shows put on by the AARP and Ideal Living, in publications and on websites. The certification also uses co-op marketing, magazines, visitor guides, consumer shows, social media like Facebook, and online marketing including the retirenc.com website.
Sabrina Bengel, chairwoman of the New Bern Tourism Development Authority (TDA) and New Bern Retirement Committee, said the designation is “another wonderful opportunity” to help the city grow.
Pictured left: Judy Avery, Gary Curry (TDA), Sabrina Bengel, Andre Nabors (Visit NC), Wit Tuttell (NC Division of Tourism), Cindy Blot, Pat Schiable, Mark Stephens