The Retirement Income Industry Association says it has rolled out a new online platform for members and the retirement community.

The relaunched website, www.riia-usa.org, aims to give visitors easy access to RIIA’s retirement resources and the ability to contribute to the site.

“The approach we have taken is a generational leap forward that reflects RIIA’s innovative thinking and engagement with our members,” said Francois Gadenne, co-founder, chairman and executive director of the organization, in a statement.

The site now “offers the best of a traditional website with social media-style engagement and interaction,” Gadenne explained.

It includes 10 years of client-focused retirement experience, insights, concepts, tools and white papers developed by retirement industry thought leaders, academics and practitioners. Visitors also can sign up for biweekly webinars and conference information.

The site also provides advisors information about RIIA’s Retirement Management Analyst (RMA) designation, its partnership program with Salem State University for the RMA Distance Learning Program, and a search tool for finding an RMA. 

By registering on the site, users can post comments and provide perspective on articles, contribute to the RMA Discussion Forum and add retirement-related events on the calendar. RIIA members and supporters can list their company’s information directly on the site.

“The site will serve as a focal point for the extensive networks and relationships we have developed over the last decade,” added Gadenne. “Over time, we expect it to become an increasingly important resource for retirement industry professionals for perspective, validated retirement planning knowledge, tools and concepts, practice management, and innovative ideas from both RIIA, its members and website contributors.”

The non-profit Retirement Income Industry Association was formed in 2005 and relies on the “View Across the Silos” approach to the achievement of better retirement outcomes.

In the fall, it hosts its annual conference and — in cooperation with Research magazine for financial advisors — present the yearly Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award.

Last year’s winner was Brigitte Madrian, the Aetna professor of public policy and corporate management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Her recent research has focused on boosting 401(k) participation and was featured in the September issue of the publication.