Important dates coming for EDC study

Two important dates are coming for the Wilton Economic Development Commission’s analytical study of the town: a presentation of the second half of the study to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Oct. 17, and a public forum to give an overview of the study on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The public forum will take place in the Brubeck Room of the Wilton Library at 7:30 p.m.

“We will be presenting the highlights of Parts 1 and 2 of our analytical study, followed by open discussion with the public to solicit ideas on how to execute our recommendations,” said Vivian Lee-Shiue, chair of the EDC. The event will be moderated by Rob Sanders. It is open to the public and all are welcome to join.

The objective of the forum will be to gain public input and ideas on ways in which the commission can execute recommendations that came out of the analytical study that was presented in June and is scheduled to be presented Oct. 17.

The session will be composed of three parts: overview of Parts 1 and 2, moderated questions and answers, and moderated open public discussion on the recommendations.

Lee-Shiue  and John Kelly, an EDC commissioner, will present the overview of the analytical study.

“We did Part 1 in June, where we released a study entirely done by a few town volunteers and myself, to get information about Wilton in general,” Lee-Shiue said.

“We had a survey out to businesses, larger commercial firms and smaller companies to understand the business itself, and collected analytical information like the census and the economic database. We looked at things like the tax rolls. Part 1 was a snapshot of Wilton,” Lee-Shiue said.

The second part of the survey, which is continuing online through Oct. 17, is on town financials, enrollment figures in schools and deeper levels of analysis.

The new survey is on amenities and resources of the town. It asks respondents to compare Wilton with other Fairfield County towns, like Darien and Fairfield, with regard to the quality and quantity of the amenities available.

Among the items it asks respondents to answer, on a scale of 1 (lowest/worst) to 5 (highest/best), are health, wellness and social services, private clubs, culture, retail, recreation, infrastructure, nature, and other municipal services.

“The amenities survey takes the qualitative judgment,” Lee-Shiue said.

“How do you feel about what Wilton and other towns provide you, and what is your impression,” she said.

“We’ve got a lot of input so far.”

To learn more about the survey, the commission, meeting schedules, news, and resource links, visit the Wilton Economic Development Commission at