Lufkin is now a certified retirement community. Members of Lufkin's Retirement Initiative Committee spent two months preparing an application to submit to the state.
The 35-member organization even unveiled a web site to show seniors and retirees what Lufkin has to offer.
Economic Development Director Jim Wehmeier said, "The next step is to take advantage of the certification and market our community to the demographic that we're going after, and start bringing those retirees that have some interest in Lufkin to visit our area."
Lufkin needed at least 150 points to meet certification requirements, but earned a nearly perfect score of 185 points.