WINNERS: Glen and LouJean Nelson
The Story Behind the Winners
Choose Tallahassee, an all-volunteer community-based organization established to promote Florida’s Capital City as America’s leading Boomer relocation destination, has selected Glenn and Loujean Nelson of Chicago, Illinois, as 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, including a year’s rent-free retirement in Tallahassee.
“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. We can’t wait to get there and start enjoying our new home,” said LouJean Nelson, contest winner.
In addition, Choose Tallahassee will bring four finalists to Tallahassee to show them the high points of the community, including a home Florida State University football game and a tour of selected capital highlights.
“Choose Tallahassee is delighted to welcome the Nelsons, and boomers from all over the nation, to a great place to live. Wherever you are from, whatever your background, Tallahassee welcomes you to a great community that offers a warm, four-season no-snow climate, affordable housing costs, an outstanding quality of life, access to quality health care, and great cultural and outdoor activities,” said Dave Bruns, chair of Choose Tallahassee.
In addition to a year of rent-free living, the Nelsons will receive a range of other prizes, including free dining at area restaurants, tickets to concerts and sporting events.
Applicants from across the United States entered the contest earlier this year. Choose Tallahassee volunteer judges reviewed applications and narrowed the applicants to a list of semi-finalists. These semi-finalists submitted videos about why they wanted to relocate to Tallahassee. Judges then narrowed the list to five finalists and conducted Skype interviews with the finalists to determine the winner. Videos from the Nelsons and the other finalists are posted at www.choosetallahassee.com.
This contest originated in 2013 as part of Choose Tallahassee’s efforts to bring relocating Boomers to Tallahassee. Bill and Cathy Campbell, the winners of the first contest, relocated from New Boston, New Hampshire, to Tallahassee and served as the chairs of the 2016 Choose Tallahassee contest committee.
The Nelsons will take up the mantle of “Tallahassee Ambassadors,” succeeding the Campbells as representatives of Tallahassee as a relocation destination. They will work with the Choose Tallahassee Action Team to find new ways to bring retiring boomers to the area while also enjoying their suite of prizes and new home.
Grand Prize Package Includes:
Round 1 of Choose Tallahassee’s “Why I’d Love to Retire in Tallahassee, Florida” contest has concluded and entries are being reviewed by a panel of judges. You will be notified by May 10, 2016 if you are selected as a Semi-Finalist. All Round 2 video entries from Semi-Finalists will be publicly posted on this page by May 18, 2016. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or issues.