Choose Tallahassee Announces Winners of Free Year of Retirement

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Choose Tallahassee announced the winners of a free year of retirement in the capital city!

Glenn and Loujean Nelson were declared the winners Wednesday. They’ll be moving to Tallahassee from the windy city.

The goal of Choose Tallahassee is to show off Florida’s capital city as a retirement option.

The Nelson’s will get a year of rent-free living, free dining at area restaurants, and tickets to concerts and sporting events. They will serve as ambassadors to help bring other retiring boomers to Tallahassee.

The organization says the area has a lot of draws for baby boomers.

“A community that attracks 3/10ths of 1 percent of the 20 million boomers that will relocate, over the next 14 to 16 years will add $1 billion in inncome to that community’s revenue,” explains Dave Burns, Chair of Choose Tallahassee.

The Nelsons have family in Tallahassee and Dothan, and say the city caught their eye because of the mild weather compared to Chicago, as well as the college football games.

“So I started making a list of what we wanted for a retirement area and matched that with Tallahassee,” says Loujean Nelson, “and Tallahassee had more than we even wanted and one of the things, above and beyond, is that it’s a football town. College football, and I love college football. So bam, there we were! College football plus close to the coast, you can’t beat that.”

The other finalists in the competition will get to take a trip to Tallahassee so they can consider retiring here as well.

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