Winsted to hire part-time economic development director

WINSTED — City officials are hiring a part-time director of economic development, using money the city received earlier this year from the American Rescue Plan.

The person hired will work 20 hours a week and be paid a salary of $45,000 to $50,000, depending on their qualifications, according to the town.

An application and description of the newly developed position is available from Town Manager Josh Kelly in Town Hall, or online at

The position is one of 17 proposals for use of the American Rescue Plan Act funding, which also include projects involving social services, health and emergency services and public utilities. The Board of Selectmen approved Kelly’s proposals in early December.

Since late June, when the town received its first half of $3.138 million, a committee organized by Kelly has focused on finding projects that not only meet the U.S. Treasury Department’s 150-page list of rules and regulations, but that will benefit the community into the future.

According to the job description provided by Kelly, the economic development director will be responsible for “assisting in the holistic commercial, industrial, and residential growth of the Town of Winchester and the development of a robust local economy. In pursuit of this goal, the Director of Economic Development will research, consider, propose, assist with, work on, and complete tasks and projects that help to attract residents and businesses to Winchester and retain them here.”

The director will work with local property owners and prospective businesses, maintain and update an inventory of commercial and industrial spaces that are available, and will assist in the creation and implementation of a plan of promotion and publicity to bring residents, businesses, and visitors to Winsted. He or she also will create and distribute online and print promotional and informational materials about the town, find businesses interested in relocating to Winsted or growing their existing businesses in town; and help develop plans related to Main Street and other commercial and industrial areas, find grant opportunities, develop cost estimates for improvements, and prepare written reports and make recommendations.

The right candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in economics, public or business administration or a related field with two years experience in finance or municipal economic development, according to Kelly.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 5, 2022. Applications must be mailed to the Town of Winchester, 338 Main St., Winsted CT 06098, attention Town Manager’s office.