About Great American Downtown

Mission Statement: to provide coordination, collaboration and partnerships that unify the entire Nashua community around a common vision for an attractive downtown that is vibrant, viable and truly reflects the character of our city.

Whether you’re seeking fine dining, eclectic shopping, a vibrant arts scene, historic architecture, fun-filled events or just a place to relax and watch the world go by, make your destination Downtown Nashua. You’ll find dozens of fine restaurants from award winning favorites to accessibly priced family eateries; many specialty stores, galleries and boutiques; a historic Main Street with small parks and majestic buildings.

Who We Are & What We Do

Established in July 2002, Great American Downtown (GAD) was created to develop and implement programs, projects and events that promote the entire downtown as a destination for shopping, dining, business services, arts & culture and as a residential community.

Our office is led by a board of directors who represent the many constituents of downtown. We are staffed by two employees and we are supported by volunteers throughout the year.

Our Board of Directors

Chelsea Dennis, President, Bellavance Beverage Co.
Laurie Galbo, 1st Vice President, Nashua Coins and Collectables
Steve Saxe, 2nd Vice President, AlphaGraphics
Ryan Ruggerio, Treasurer, Triangle Credit Union
Debra Rapsis, Secretary, The Paciello Group
Lt. Thomas Bolton, Nashua Police Department
Tim Cummings, City of Nashua – Economic Development Department
Mayor Jim Donchess, Advisory role (non-voting)  City of Nashua
Glen MacDonald, Nashua Fire Department
Phillip Scontsas, Scontsas Fine Jewelry
Tom Lopez
, Alderman Ward 4
Debra Rapsis, The Paciello Group
Carol Luers Eyman, Nashua Public Library