The Wilton Economic Development Commission is conducting a comprehensive study of the business climate here to get a firmer sense of drivers for business in town. Part of the ongoing study is metric, as the EDC is gathering and combining numerical data from a range of public sources, such as the census and real estate transactions. The other part of it is more qualitative in nature, and the EDC is going about that research in a couple of ways. In addition to interviewing representatives of local companies, commercial and residential real estate brokers, and other professionals, the commission has issued a survey of Wilton-based businesses to garner even greater feedback. \u201cIt\u2019s to help us understand anecdotal information about the conditions and perceptions of doing business in town, and to help us better understand why businesses select Wilton to do business in general,\u201d EDC Vice Chair Vivian Lee-Shiue told The Bulletin. Lee-Shiue said the EDC wants to know which local assets are most valued by Wilton businesses. It also wants to get a picture of what it\u2019s like to run a business here. \u201cWhat we\u2019re trying to understand is what the assets are that businesses believe are helpful in Wilton, and then on the flip side, what are their experiences as they relate to challenges doing business in Wilton,\u201d Lee-Shiue said. \u201cIf we see a theme of certain challenges, then that\u2019s something that we want to present when we present our final report,\u201d she said. The survey period is April 20 through May 20. Information on how to take it is included below. The questionnaire is comprised of queries that focus on doing business here in general, as well as some that concern services provided to local operations by Wilton Library. \u201cThe library is a very big asset in town,\u201d Lee-Shiue said. \u201cIt\u2019s one of the largest.\u201d \u201cPart of the reason for this is to communicate to the public that these [library] services \u2014 like training, and databases, and meeting rooms \u2014 exist for businesses in Wilton to use. It\u2019s also a way of asking, How can the library better serve your needs?\u201d she said. According to Lee-Shiue, when the EDC presents its findings to the Board of Selectmen \u2014 and to any other town board or commission that could use the information \u2014 it intends also to recommend options for addressing any issues the study may expose. \u201cIn some cases, we might not be able to address certain things, but in other cases, the fixes could be pretty quick,\u201d she said. \u201cWe hope to get some significant insight from this survey. It\u2019s really only as good as the people who respond, though. The more responses we get, the better, because we will see where the trends are,\u201d Lee-Shiue said. Those interested in taking the EDC\u2019s survey may contact the EDC directly, via info@WiltonEDC.org or through the EDC\u2019s Facebook page, Facebook.com\/WiltonEDC. Wilton Chamber of Commerce members have already had the survey emailed to them. \u201cThis is just a start,\u201d Lee-Shiue said. \u201cWe need info. We need to understand what the barriers are in town, so this is really just a starting point. We\u2019re just trying to understand a little bit about the business landscape in Wilton.\u201d \u201cThe Economic Development Commission has been around for a few years. Commissioners put together their strategic plan back in 2014, and this is the next step of that plan,\u201d she said.