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ICMA-RC Offers Virtual Reality RealizeRetirement® App to Public Sector Employees

September 15, 2016

ICMA-RC has introduced a mobile app that allows users to experience virtual reality and personalized animation on their smartphone, believed to be industry firsts. The development of these mobile app innovations are meant to build upon the initial success of the ICMA-RC RealizeRetirement® Tour, which is currently traveling around the country promoting retirement savings to public sector employees.

Two of the Tour elements - a 360 degree virtual reality experience and an animated personalized "My Retirement Dreams" video - will now be accessible on ICMA-RC's mobile app, which is available to download at the App Store® and Google PlayTM.

The ICMA-RC virtual reality video can be viewed via smartphones or by using custom mini virtual reality glasses that will be distributed at various events and conferences. The virtual reality video will give users a unique view of a "day in the life" of three public sector employees. The virtual reality video includes an enroll button on the interface, allowing public sector employees to enroll via their mobile device as permitted by their employer.

The "My Retirement Dreams" animation app, allows participants to create a personalized positive experience of their future self when they retire. Users will answer a few questions, snap their picture and then see an instant personalized video of themselves enjoying retirement. The experience allows users to share their video through social media, while providing a lens to start thinking about what retirement may look like.

"The first several months of ICMA-RC's RealizeRetirement® Tour have been a tremendous success, and this is a way to build upon those results," said Gregory Dyson, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ICMA-RC. "By making innovative technology from the Tour broadly available to local and government workers through our mobile app, we are able to expand our reach and motivate users to think about and plan for retirement in a fun, interactive way."

For more information about the ICMA-RC RealizeRetirement Tour, visit RealizeRetirementTour.org.

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