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News Sylva featured in retirement magazine

Article prompts inquiries from across the country.

Sylva garnered national attention recently when Where to Retire, a magazine focused on helping people decide where to relocate during their retirement, named the small Jackson County town as one of the top retirement destination in the country.

Julie Spiro, director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, said that since the magazine’s publication, the chamber has received calls from people all over the country wanting more information about Sylva.

To date, the chamber has received almost a hundred calls in response to the magazine article. “All 91 calls are requesting information on Sylva and relocating to Jackson County,” said Spiro. “We have had inquiries from more than 14 different states including California, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico and from as far away as Ontario, Canada.”

For everyone who called the chamber in response to the article, Spiro and her team mailed out relocation packages with information about the town and surrounding area. “The package contains: the Chamber's relocation and community magazine, Our Town,” said Spiro. “This is a comprehensive 40-page magazine about the entire county, with insets about each township including Sylva.”

Where to Retire is a magazine that focuses on helping people find just the right place to retire that fits their expectations and lifestyle.Article prompts inquiries from across the country.

Sylva garnered national attention recently when Where to Retire, a magazine focused on helping people decide where to relocate during their retirement, named the small Jackson County town as one of the top retirement destination in the country.

Julie Spiro, director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, said that since the magazine’s publication, the chamber has received calls from people all over the country wanting more information about Sylva.

To date, the chamber has received almost a hundred calls in response to the magazine article. “All 91 calls are requesting information on Sylva and relocating to Jackson County,” said Spiro. “We have had inquiries from more than 14 different states including California, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico and from as far away as Ontario, Canada.”

For everyone who called the chamber in response to the article, Spiro and her team mailed out relocation packages with information about the town and surrounding area. “The package contains: the Chamber's relocation and community magazine, Our Town,” said Spiro. “This is a comprehensive 40-page magazine about the entire county, with insets about each township including Sylva.”

The packages also contained a Jackson County Visitor Guide, a map of the area and any specific information requested such as details about the local school system.

The article in Where To Retire is the result of a visit by Jim Kerr, a writer for the publication. According to Spiro, Kerr contacted her and wanted to arrange a visit to the area to review it for the magazine. “Jim Kerr, the writer who actually wrote the story, called me and he stayed in Jackson County for three days,” said Spiro. “We arranged accommodations, some complimentary meals, interviews with certain retirees - based on his guidelines, photographs, etc.”

After staying in Sylva, which has a population of just over 2,500, Kerr raved about the low cost living, the year-round cultural opportunities, and the backdrop of the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Sylva Town Manager Paige Roberson was pleased with the article and how well it represented the town’s attributes. “I am pleased with the recognition that Sylva is getting in Where to Retire,” said Roberson. “The mountains, scenic views, and outdoor activities have attracted visitors who decided to relocate here because of the location, our vibrant community, and the convenient atmosphere of small town living. This article highlighted the positive aspects of Sylva that cause visitors to relocate here.”

Some of those highlights in the article include the vibrancy of downtown Sylva (year round), as well as the cultural opportunities offered through Western Carolina University, according to Spiro.

“I believe the article has elevated Sylva on a national level, given the readership and credibility of Where to Retire magazine,” said Spiro. “We are now on the radar screen as a new wave of engaged, enthusiastic retirees begin making their plans for the future. Sylva is an excellent alternative, with wonderful outdoor adventure options for retirees that still want to live an active, affordable lifestyle.”





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