SOURCE: Lifestyle Publishing

April 20, 2006 08:00 ET

RetireInGeorgia.com Brings Noted Retirement Migration Expert to Atlanta to Deliver Keynote at Future of Long-Term Care in Georgia Summit

New Publishing Entity to Serve Dramatic Elevation of Retirement Community Development in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 20, 2006 -- Georgia Lifestyles Publishing, Inc. today announced a new Georgia Web site and magazine publishing business, RetireInGeorgia.com, to help retirement community developers enhance Georgia's share of this economically desirable market. The site will go live at the end of April 2006.

To mark the company's official launch, it is sponsoring keynote speaker Dr. Charles Longino, Wake Forest University's noted sociologist, gerontologist, and author of the recently released book "Retirement Migration in America," at the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) Division of Aging Services (DAS) Summit on long-term care in Georgia. As a part of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue's Lifelong Planning initiative, the summit will be held Friday, April 28, 2006, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Longino will present information on Georgia retirement migration trends from the latest edition of his highly successful book "Retirement Migration in America." In that book, Dr. Longino notes that from 1995 to 2000 more than 64,000 retirees or near retirees moved into Georgia from another state. Of those 64,000 persons, over one third came from just two states -- Florida and New York.

"Retirees migrating to Georgia plus in-state retirees relocating to another part of the state create enhanced economic opportunities for virtually all Georgia communities," said Patricia Duke, president of Georgia Lifestyles Publishing, Inc. "RetireInGeorgia.com's goal is to provide timely information to potential retirees and share the people, places and pleasures which make Georgia unique."

The announcements of five active adult retirement communities by national developers Del Webb/Pulte Homes and Levitt & Sons since August 2005 mark the beginning of what could be a dramatic elevation of retirement community development in Georgia's economic mix. This will almost certainly be so if the predictions of some national developers to make Georgia the next Florida in terms of active adult retirement are achieved. The growth of the active adult developments along with the growth in the continuing care retirement community industry are all part of the overall need for senior housing and long-term care for seniors being emphasized in the April 28th Summit.

Georgia is one of the top 10 states in the country attracting in-migrating persons aged 60 years and older. Considered by many experts as retirees or near retirees, these people are drawn to Georgia for its moderate climate including four seasons, lack of weather extremes, lower taxes and overall cost of living, friendly people and its Southern lifestyle.

"There is a strong relationship between retirement and tourism which is one of Georgia's top two industries," says Duke. "Research shows that for every relocating retiree, seven others considered retiring to that location. For each of these relocation decisions, the retiree and prospective retiree took three trips staying an average of five days per trip. For the time these retirees are in Georgia making their retirement relocation decision they are in essence tourists."

About RetireInGeorgia.com

RetireInGeorgia.com is a venture of Georgia Lifestyles Publishing, Inc. A printed Retire in Georgia magazine will be published bi-annually starting first quarter of 2007, with the website going live on April 28, 2006.

RetireInGeorgia.com co-founders and partners include Cal and Patricia Duke, owners of Cal Duke Publishing, Inc., a St. Simons Island, GA-based company with three decades of publishing experience. Since its founding in 1976, Cal Duke Publishing, Inc. has produced 285 Georgia community publications. In addition to Cal and Patricia Duke, other co-founders and partners in the venture include serial entrepreneurs Jay and Pam Clark, owners of the Georgia Commerce Group, Inc. (d/b/a BuyGeorgia.com), the Georgia General Store, Inc., Georgia Community Magazines and the widely distributed Georgians Newsletter. Together, these four partners, along with two other silent partners, bring extensive experience in publishing, online services, community economic development, retirement community development, and real estate relocation marketing.

For more information on RetireInGeorgia.com, visit www.RetireInGeorgia.com.

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