After over a year-long effort of collecting video footage, ideas and photos, the Wilton Economic Development Commission (EDC) released the first in a series of videos promoting Wilton as a great town in which to live and do business.

The first video, geared at current and prospective residents and running less than three minutes, was timed to coincide with the peak real estate-selling season. It highlights the town’s many amenities, assets and strong sense of community–all of which were listed as Wilton’s greatest strengths in the Analytical study performed last fall. The video will be followed in the coming weeks by a web-based brochure that will provide more detail on the items featured in the video. In the coming months, the Wilton EDC will also be releasing a similar commercial video targeted at prospective businesses and commercial tenants.

Readers can watch the video in its entirety at the end of this article.

The video was the vision of the EDC marketing subgroup, led by EDC commissioner Jennie Wong and supported by John Kelly. The video production effort was truly a community effort, leveraging donations of the time and many talents of Wilton’s residents. This enabled the EDC to complete the video with minimal budget and spending.

“The production of this video is a testament to the fact that Wilton residents truly love this town–the many hands that touched the actual production on a volunteer basis–from concept, to creation, to completion–highlights the amazing talents of our residents, and is truly an effort that came from-the-heart,” said Wilton EDC Chair, Vivian Lee-Shiue.

First selectman Lynne Vanderslice echoed this sentiment. “Thank you to the Economic Development Commission, resident/volunteer Sandy Stein, and resident/volunteer David O’Brien for capturing so much of what makes Wilton special. Residents collaborating to help their community is Wilton at its best.”

In addition to EDC commissioners, O’Brien and Stein, the following non-EDC Wilton residents volunteered their services:  Kristen Barnard, Ken Boehm, Tom Curtin, Sara Curtis, Dianne deWitt, Mike McGowan, Daniel Murphy and the Wilton High School TV Studio.

Contributed footage comes from:  Ambler Farm, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, Casa Vida Films Carrie Klein & Pedro Mata, Drew Gumins, Halstead Real Estate, HAN Network,, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Jason Schuler (Awakened Films), Trout Unlimited (Mianus Chapter), William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Wilton Public Schools and Robert Winsor (CBS Television).

Links to the video can be found on the Wilton Town website, on the Wilton Economic Development Commission Facebook page, and directly.

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