Economic Development Leadership Team

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Latest News

2023 AARP grant JUNE 28, 2023: We are delighted to announce that Wilton has been awarded a $17,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP. This grant will fund the creation of a shaded, handicapped-accessible gazebo on the Wilton Riverwalk, by the bank of Stony Brook. The gazebo will serve as a new gathering space in downtown Wilton, and serve as the home base for a new innovative Wilton Senior Citizens Science Program (WSCS).

Open to residents aged 50 and over, the WSCS program will train individuals to observe wildlife and catalog their findings for the Wilton Conservation Commission's Natural Resource Inventory.

AARP LogoThis year’s Community Challenge Grant process was the most competitive ever, with 3,600 applications and just 310 grants awarded nationwide. 

In addition to the grant from AARP, the Wilton Alliance (, a non-profit organization dedicated to investing in the future of Wilton, will be contributing funds to support this program.

See full press release HERE.

 For a brief overview of the project, see the video below.


Wilton's Economic Development Leadership Team serves the citizens and business owners of Wilton and reports to the Select Board and the Town Administrator. This team's responsibilities are to set priorities, make recommendations, and guide the execution of programs and projects that help achieve the vision of Wilton residents to remain a vibrant and thriving small town. Our goals are to protect its rural environment, historic charm, and natural resources while promoting opportunities for residential and business growth that are compatible with, responsive to and supportive of the needs of the community and local economy.

Active Projects

The Economic Development Team organizes and prioritizes projects in six broad categories, which were developed in conjunction with the NRPC during a visioning session in 2017.  These include:
Business Development

Our projects are further categorized as low, medium and high priority.  This list is a living document – as we complete projects, new ones are also being added.  . For details on our active and completed projects, see the
Eco-Dev Prioritized Projects List.

    We're always looking for motivated volunteers to help with our projects. If you are interested, please send an email to with your interest.


    Name Focus
    Jennifer S. Beck Chair
    Jackie Kahle Secretary; Marketing and Communications
    Kermit Williams
    Select Board Representative and Legislative Affairs
    Mike McGonegal Resident Geek and Bridges
    Dick Putnam Business and Train Liaison
    Kat Tighe Branding and Design
    Mike Justason Recreation and Eco-Tourism
    Ray Fangmeyer Business Development and Mill Project
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