Summit Downtown, Inc (SDI) is a non-profit organization that represents all retailers and businesses in the downtown Special Improvement District. The purpose of SDI is to encourage the development and growth of businesses in the downtown. SDI is governed by a 14-member Board of Trustees comprised of downtown businesses, downtown commercial property owners, community residents, members of the Common Council, the Mayor and the City Administrator.

The organization is funded by a special assessment levied on the properties within the designated area. Those assessment revenues are dedicated to benefit the downtown and the City of Summit. SDI promotes the downtown and the business community through a variety of advertising and marketing throughout the year and events such as Annual Restaurant Week, Summit Farmers Market, Cars & Croissants, Summit Street Fair, Arts & Cars Festival, Trick-or-Treat Downtown, and December Holiday Events. We also partner with other nonprofits such as the Summit Historical Society, Suburban Chambers of Commerce, YMCA, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Shaping Summit Together, Visual Art Center of NJ with events during the year.

The Board of Trustees typically meets at 8AM on last Wednesday of each month (some exceptions), normally in the Whitman Room in City Hall (2nd Floor).

2019 Board of Trustee meeting dates: January 30, February 27, March 20, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, September 25, October 30, November 20, December 18.



  • Pat Angelo, The Committed Pig
  • Steve Bowman, City of Summit Common Council
  • David Gittleman, The Woods Group
  • Joseph Hamilton, GBM Associates, LLC
  • Leslie Herman, Downtown Property Owner
  • Beth Little, City of Summit Common Council
  • Ray Merritt, Summit Resident
  • Nora Radest, Mayor
  • Michael Rogers, City of Summit Administrator
  • Matthew Strauss, Downtown Property Owner

  • Executive Committee
    Chair: Bob Conway, Brownie Points Bakery
    Vice Chair: Karen Schneider, Lois Schneider Realtors
    Treasurer: Claire Toth, Pointview Wealth Management 
    Secretary: Anthony Melchionna, Salon 44