Lafayette is among seven other Louisiana cities named Louisiana Certified Retirement Communities by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the State Office of Tourism.
According the news release, The Encore Louisiana Commission worked for over three months on naming these specific locations across the state that are now certified and focused on bringing retirees to enjoy their “encore” at life.
The Evangeline Apartments downtown is a retirement independent living complex. Management says in 1928 it was a hotel. Currently, the location is home to residents 55 and older.
A.B. Brown of Lafayette says she’s originally from St. Louis. Brown explains that she he moved to New Orleans and then relocated to Lafayette after Hurricane Katrina. “All of the entertainment. Did I mention restaurants; all the restaurants of a large city. So, yes I love it,” states Brown.
Dave Hebert of Lafayette who can read and write in French has lived in Lafayette his entire life. Hebert says it’s the culture that makes Lafayette a premier retirement location. “It took me to Europe. I have a bunch of pictures that I brought here (to the tourism commission). I love it over here,” says Hebert.
Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission CEO & President Ben Berthelot says the retirement certification is an important one from a tourism standpoint. “It’s great credibility for the area. We know that retires who decide to retire they’re going to visit that area many times before they make a decision,” says Berthelot.
“I love it. I love it. This is it. This is home now,” adds Brown.