Choose Tallahassee Awards Couple with Tallahassee Retirement

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Choose Tallahassee Awards Couple with Tallahassee Retirement


Choose Tallahassee Awards Couple with Tallahassee Retirement

Winners receive a year's rent-free retirement in Tallahassee!

June 6, 2016

Contact:  Dave Bruns

     (850) 606-2305

Tallahassee, FL— 

Choose Tallahassee, a non-profit organization established to promote Florida’s Capital City as the ultimate retirement destination, has selected Glenn and Loujean Nelson of Chicago, IL as the winners of the 2016 “Why I’d Love to Retire in Tallahassee, FL” contest. The Nelsons will receive a prize package valued at $41,000: one year of rent-free retirement in Tallahassee and additional prizes donated from local institutions, including tickets to concerts and sporting events.

Contest judges reviewed numerous applicants and their submitted videos to select five couples as finalists. The panel then conducted Skype interviews with the finalists to determine the winner. All finalists will receive a trip for two to Tallahassee including airfare, accommodations, food and entertainment. Bill and Ethel Kuch of Fort Myers were chosen as First Runners Up and will receive a free month’s stay in Tallahassee.

This contest originated in 2013 as part of Choose Tallahassee’s efforts to bring retiring boomers to Tallahassee, where pleasant weather, an array of senior activities and excellent health care combine to form the ideal retirement destination. Bill and Cathy Campbell, the winners of the first contest, relocated from New Boston, NH to Tallahassee and served as the chairs of the 2016 Choose Tallahassee contest task force.

The Nelsons will take up the mantle of “Tallahassee Ambassadors,” replacing the Campbells as representatives of Tallahassee as a retirement destination. They will work in tandem with the Choose Tallahassee Executive Board to find new ways to bring retiring boomers to the area while also enjoying their suite of prizes and new home.

“Glenn and I are honored to be the winners of the Choose Tallahassee contest. We have always known Tallahassee was a beautiful city but until entering the contest, we never knew how much Tallahassee has to offer, compared to other cities in the Southeast. We can't wait to get there and start enjoying our new home.” -LouJean Nelson, contest winner

Choose Tallahassee would like to thank the following sponsors that helped make this year’s contest a success:


Visit Tallahassee

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Capital Health Plan

Capital City Bank

City of Tallahassee

Florida State University

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Artist Series of Tallahassee

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

Premier Health & Fitness

Tallahassee Senior Center

Challenger Learning Center

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Westminster Oaks

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

John G. Riley Museum

Mission San Luis

Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Ballet

Tallahassee Democrat


Red Hills Horse Trials

To view contest entries and learn more about the organization, visit

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Choose Tallahassee
The Choose Tallahassee Action Team (CTAT) is made up of a group of over 60 local volunteers representing a large variety of local businesses, government entities and agencies with the same goal of promoting Tallahassee as one of the country’s best retirement destinations.