Lawrence city commissioners are ready to create a new task force aimed at attracting more retirees to the community.
Commissioners at their weekly meeting on Tuesday agreed to create a Retirees Attraction Task Force. The group would have 12 members, including a city commissioner and a county commissioner. The city and county commissions each would appoint five members to serve on the group.
City Commissioner Hugh Carter said he envisions the task force would develop a set of recommendations on how the community could better position itself to attract members 50-plus age set.
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Council urged the city to move ahead with the project. That group prepared a report that suggested attracting retirees could provide a boon to the economy through new property and sales tax collections and through greater charitable giving.