Senator Bob Deuell

January 21, 2011
CONTACT: Thomas Flanders
(512) 463-0102

Cities of Canton and Kaufman Recognized by Agriculture Department

AUSTIN — I am happy to announce that the cities of Kaufman and Canton were recognized this week by the Texas Department of Agriculture as GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Communities (CRC). To earn the distinction -- which officials hope will help attract retirees and potential retirees — cities must undergo a retirement desirability assessment by an independent advisory board.

According to the Agriculture Department, Texas has become the No. 2 retirement state in the nation and retirees spend an average of $42,500 each in their communities. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples extended congratulations to the citizens and leaders of both cities and noted the wealth of knowledge and energy that retirees bring to community service, employment and business.

I would like to thank Commissioner Staples and join him in congratulating Kaufman Mayor William Fortner and Canton Mayor William Wilson as well as the citizens of those cities. Because of their hard work, Kaufman and Canton are now known nationwide as the diverse, safe towns that many east Texans love to call home. Canton is the 41st Texas Community to be certified as a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community. For a list of additional certified cities, visit

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