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Commissioner Miller Recertifies City of Canton as a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community (3/15/2016)

AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has announced that the city of Canton has been recertified as a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community (CRC) for an additional five years. This evening, Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett, along with the city council, will be presented the certificate of renewal by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). TDA’s CRC program helps local communities attract potential residents to Texas retirement living. The city of Canton was first certified as a CRC member in 2011.

“It’s exciting to announce that Canton has renewed its status as a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community for another five years,” Commissioner Miller said. “Communities that receive this designation are important drivers in their regional economies and provide tremendous value to the lives of their residents and retirees. Canton is a great place to call home with plenty of things to do, and I’m excited for folks to discover this great community.” 

Located just 60 miles southeast of downtown Dallas, the East Texas Main Street City of Canton becomes the seventh largest city in Texas each month when up to 400,000 shoppers visit the town’s World Famous First Monday Trade Days.

“Canton is my hometown, and I always knew it was a great place to live, but I never realized how great a place it is for retirement life until I actually retired myself,” Mayor Everett said. “There are so many organizations — from churches to civic ones — that I find worthy of my time that I am never in search of something to do. Even with all that Canton has to offer, the best part is the warm and friendly people who have made this community home.”

More about the GO TEXAN CRC Program

This program is funded by GO TEXAN CRC members. It was created to encourage retirement in Texas and boost the state’s economy. On average, migrant retirees contribute $732 million annually to the Texas economy. Additionally, retirees provide a dependable part- and full-time workforce and volunteer pool.

To become a certified retirement community, each community must complete a rigorous application process, including a retiree desirability assessment. The GO TEXAN stamp of approval ensures each certified community has demonstrated that it can meet the living, employment/volunteer, health, entertainment, education and safety needs of its citizens and visitors — all things that make Texas a great place to retire.

For more information about the city of Canton or the GO TEXAN CRC program, visit www.RetireInTexas.org.