Lani Lott

Ms. Lani Lott, President of L. L. Consulting, has over 25 years of working in the field of downtown development and economic revitalization.  Since 2001,  Ms. Lott has been one of the core consultants for the Arizona State Main Street Program providing technical assistance in the areas of economic development, organizational management, tourism strategies, marketing, and branding.  Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lott has provided consulting services for both the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.  Since 2003, Ms. Lott has acted as a core consultant for three Small Business Development Centers located in California working one on one with small businesses assisting with market analysis, business plans and marketing strategies.  The balance of Ms. Lott’s consulting includes providing services for communities across the Southwest ranging from small rural towns to larger urban commercial districts that includes strategic planning, marketing and tourism development, business development and economic strategies and non-profit training. 

Prior to establishing L.L. Consulting in October of 2000, Ms. Lott was Senior Consultant with Burnes Consulting, located in California.  During her tenure at Burnes Consulting she acted as the lead project manager on numerous downtown development and revitalization projects throughout the country, conducted strategic planning and helped communities with developing plans for long term sustainability both organizationally as well as programmatically.  

 From 1990-1996, Ms. Lott served as Executive Director for the Grass Valley Downtown Association, an award-winning Main Street community since 1986, where she gained “in the trenches” experience in downtown redevelopment, the Main Street Four Point Approach and non-profit management.   On Lani’s watch, the downtown recruited 25 new businesses, assisted in the creation of 75 new jobs and oversaw over $2.5 million of new construction and reinvestment in the downtown area. Because of her years of experience and expertise with an array of topics, Ms. Lott is regularly asked to present as a speaker or trainer.  The National Main Street Center has recruited her as a faculty member at its national town meetings in Indiana, San Diego, Oregon, Arkansas and Tennessee.  In addition, Ms. Lott  serves as conference speaker for the California Downtown Association, Governor’s Arizona Rural Development Conference, the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, State of Washington Department of Commerce and California Association of Economic Development Professionals.  She is frequently asked to present at local Main Street programs, community forums, city councils and government agencies.

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  • National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Arizona Preservation Foundation
  • Arizona Heritage Alliance



  • Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, California State University, Sacramento.  Graduated Summa Cum Laude.