Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the Communities for a Lifetime bill into law yesterday.
Communities for a Lifetime is similar to the Star City concept, in which a city receives a special designation for its efforts to improve the community. Star Cities work on economic development. Communities for a Lifetime work to meet the needs of residents over age 65. The bill's language further explains this: "'Communities for a lifetime' means partnerships of small cities, counties, municipalities, statutory or home rule charter cities or towns whose citizens seek to affirmatively extend to persons 65 years of age and older the opportunities, supports and services which will enable them to continue to be contributing, civically engaged residents."
To read the Communities for a Lifetime bill, click here.
The Minnesota Elder Economic Security Initiative supported the Communities for a Lifetime bill.
By Marie Nelson