Lt. Governor Landrieu launched this initiative in 2007 in an effort to bolster economic development by attracting residents 55 and older, who possess the most significant share of the population’s economic power, to Louisiana communities. In order to receive this certification and the accompanying $20,000 grant award, each eligible municipality must demonstrate its suitability as a retirement community based on factors such as access to health care, proximity to state parks and recreational facilities, cost of living, and other amenities. "Baby Boomers are looking for a place that offers a reasonable cost of living, mild climate, friendly people and fun things to see and do," Landrieu noted. "Louisiana offers all that plus incredible beauty, unique culture and a wealth of recreational options."
Tangipahoa Parish is uniquely positioned among its fellow retirement communities to offer advantages to retirees. Demographic information from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor shows home prices, rent, and cost of living are at the lower end of the spectrum in the Louisiana I-12 Retirement District’s designated parishes. With a strong healthcare system, including hospitals, various clinics, and physicians for general and special services, medical services prized by retirees are both accessible and convenient. Several golf courses and walking trails afford opportunities for recreation and enjoyment. Additionally, the proximity to two major interstate highways and accessibility to New Orleans and Baton Rouge provides retirees easy avenues to any activities or supportive services not found within the immediate vicinity.