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Kuster Tours New Nashua Center for the Arts Facility, Emphasizes Economic and Cultural Impact

 Nashua, N.H. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) met with Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess and community leaders to tour the city’s new Center for the Arts. This project was made possible in part through federal funds that Rep. Kuster supported. During the visit, Kuster highlighted the economic benefits the Center would bring to the region and the cultural impact on the state. 

“A strong arts scene strengthens our communities and brings new economic opportunities to our state,” said Kuster. “It was great to join Mayor Donchess and Nashua arts leaders to discuss what the new Center for the Arts means for the city and the jobs it will help create. We are already seeing signs of the positive economic and cultural impacts the Center is having on Nashua and throughout New Hampshire. I look forward to the Center’s continued success!” 

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome Congresswoman Annie Kuster to the newly opened Nashua Center for the Arts in the heart of downtown,” said Rich Lannan, President and Owner of The Lannan Company. “The center will be a new staple of Nashua and attract thousands from all over the state, and the region. We greatly appreciate the support of Congresswoman Kuster and the entire federal delegation.”

The Center for the Arts had its grand opening on April 1, 2023. It will host a variety of performances and gatherings, from world-renowned musicians to annual board meetings for large groups and nonprofits, and spur economic development. The Center is expected to generate millions of dollars in annual spending and stimulate job creation, benefiting low-income persons and residents, particularly in the restaurant and retail industry in the downtown Nashua area. 

Development was made possible thanks to millions in federal funding, supported by Rep. Kuster. Other contributions that funded the development of the Center include:

  • $4 million was raised from private funding from individuals, businesses, and charities;
  • $2.5 million in New Market Tax Credits;
  • $367,500 from the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA); and
  • $21 million in bonds from the city of Nashua.