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Encore Louisiana Commission
Louisiana Certified Retirement Community Program


With the prospect of 76 million baby boomers nearing retirement, the Encore Louisiana Commission oversees the Louisiana Certified Retirement Community program. The program is designed to encourage tourism and economic development through the marketing of certified retirement communities to those from out of state and those living in Louisiana. Through the Louisiana Certified Retirement Community program, the Encore Louisiana Commission recognizes cities or parishes as premier locations for retirees. Destinations selected for certification benefit from state-level marketing efforts, networking opportunities, and potentially grant funding to support the program.

Act 1099 of the 1999 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session created the Louisiana Retirement Development Commission to market and promote Louisiana as a retirement community state. Through Act 342 of the 2009 Regular Legislative Session, lawmakers renamed the body the Encore Louisiana Commission with the goal of setting the guidelines and requirements in developing the criteria for a destination to become a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community.

The Encore Louisiana Commission requires communities to submit an application and undergo a screening process conducted by the commission before being designated a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community.

Louisiana Certified Retirement Community – Application & Guidelinesguidelines PDF

Once designated a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community, the Louisiana Office of Tourism will:
 

  • Promote the certified community as a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community to retirees and potential retirees both in and outside Louisiana.
  • Assist Louisiana Certified Retirement Communities in their efforts to market themselves as desirable retirement locations and to develop communities where retirees would find attractive retirement lifestyles.
  • Assist Louisiana Certified Retirement Communities in enriching their locations resulting in positive economic development.
  • Encourage tourism to the Louisiana Certified Retirement Community.


Members of the Encore Louisiana Commission

Appointment TypeAppointeeTerm
Governor AppointedGov. John Bel EdwardsExpires with each elected Governor
Speaker of the House DesigneeRep. Kevin Pearson
Chairman
House Retirement Committee
President of the Senate DesigneeVacant
Dept. of Economic DevelopmentDon Pierson
Secretary
Louisiana Economic Development
Expires with each elected Lt. Governor
Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation & TourismRobert Barham
Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Lt. Governor SelectedKyle Edmiston
Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Office of Tourism
Expires with each elected Lt. Governor
Lt. Governor SelectedGerald Breaux
Lafayette, LA
Expires with each elected Lt. Governor
Lt. Governor SelectedMarian H. Dehan
Shreveport, LA
Expires with each elected Lt. Governor
Lt. Governor SelectedStephen Jones
Denham Springs, LA
Expires with each elected Lt. Governor
Lt. Governor SelectedStuart Barash
Metairie, LA
Expires with each elected Lt. Governor
Lt. Governor SelectedLinda Curtis-Sparks
Many, LA
Expires with each elected Lt. Governor


For more information on the Encore Louisiana Commission, contact:

Mary Perrault Williams
Encore Louisiana Commission Coordinator
Louisiana Office of Tourism
1051 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA   70802
Office: 225-342-8207
mpwilliams@crt.la.gov

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