Economic Development Leadership Team

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Grand Opening of the Riverwalk Gazebo
The grand opening of the new handicapped-accessible gazebo on the Wilton Riverwalk took place on Saturday October 14th at 11:00 a.m.

The 16-foot octagon gazebo sits on the bank of Stony Brook next to the original Riverwalk path, and has a wheel-chair accessible ramp and several interior benches. The copper-roofed cupola design reflects the historic Town Hall and is topped with a Great Blue Heron in flight - the Wilton Riverwalk project mascot.

SignFunding for the gazebo was made possible through a generous AARP Community Challenge Grantwith additional contributions by the family of Doctor Raymond Galloway, long-time Wilton physician, and the Wilton Alliance (  It was constructed through the hard work of community volunteers. In addition to offering a new gathering space in downtown, the gazebo serves as an observation platform for the new Wilton Senior Citizen Science Program.

For full details of the festivities, speeches and photo galleries, click HERE


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 Project List in the links section.

    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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