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ECD Retire Tennessee Director Named 2012 - 2013 AARC Chair

Friday, December 16, 2011 | 05:42am

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Retire Tennessee Director Ramay Winchester has been named the 2012 - 2013 chairperson of the American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC).

As the Retire Tennessee director for the past six years, Winchester has initiated a variety of recruitment programs that have made Tennessee a leading destination for retirees. Before joining ECD, she worked for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

The AARC also named three other officers for 2012 - 2013, including Jeff Fleming of Kingsport, Tenn.; vice-chair; Joe Verdoorn of Austin, TX, secretary; and Bill Houghton of Savannah, Ga., treasurer.

The organization announced it will hold its annual conference in Kingsport, Tenn. next October, according to AARC Executive Director Wade Adler.

The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association, established in 1994 for the purpose of promoting the economic enhancement of communities through the promotion of retiree attraction as an economic development strategy. Migrating retirees can be a significant economic asset to communities able to attract them. The AARC communicates these benefits and assists communities interested in marketing to this ever increasing portion of the American population. For more information visit or

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