L.L. Consulting has assisted numerous communities with evaluating their current downtown revitalization efforts and providing consulting services and technical assistance to assist with developing short and long term policies and objectives targeted at fostering partnerships, enhancing long term sustainability of the organization and improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the entire community’s revitalization efforts.
California municipalities that Ms. Lott has provided services specifically for its downtown districts include:
City of Auburn – Downtown Auburn, Historic Downtown Auburn and Midtown
City of Chico - Chico Downtown Business Association
City of Crescent City, Downtown Crescent City Merchants Association
City of Dixon - Dixon Downtown Business Association
City of Galt – City of Galt Council
City of Gridley – Gridley Downtown Business Association
City of Lancaster – Downtown Lancaster BID
City of Marysville – Downtown Marysville BID
City of Roseville – Vernon Street Merchants and Old Town Roseville
City of Santa Clarita – Old Town Newhall Association
City of San Mateo - Downtown San Mateo Association and 25th Avenue San Mateo BID
City of South Lake Tahoe – Ski Run Blvd
City of Yuba City – Yuba City Downtown Business Association
County of Placer - North Tahoe Business Association and Tahoe Downtown Business Association
Additional Agencies and/or Organizations that Ms. Lott has provided consulting and technical assistance services for:
Downtown Lincoln Association
Napa Business and Professional Association,
Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation - Downtown Mesa, AZ
Nevada County Economic Resource Council - Tourism Department
Roosevelt Rowe, Downtown Phoenix, AZ
Trinity County Chamber of Commerce
Vacaville Business Improvement District
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Weaverville Chamber of Commerce
Yolo County Visitors Bureau, Davis, CA
national main street four point approach program
Ms. Lott has over 28 years in the field of downtown and commercial district revitalization utilizing the National Main Street Four Point Approach. Services have included launching a Main Street programs, working with the local stakeholders and parterns to intergrade the Four Point Approach into their existing downtown revitalization efforts and/or assisting existing Nationally recognized Main Street programs with sustaining and growing their efforts.
Arizona Main Street Program - For the last two decades, Ms. Lott has been one of the core consultants providing services, ranging from board training, strategic planning, fundraising strategies, business development and market opportunities plans and volunteer management for Arizona Main Street Program assisting the following communities:
Apache Main Street Program
Buckeye Main Street Program
Casa Grande Main Street Program
Cottonwood Main Street Program
Florence Main Street Program
Holbrooke Main Street
Parker Main Street Program
Nogales Community Development Corporation
Town of Payson Green Valley Redevelopment/Main Street Program
Pinetop Lakeside Main Street Program
Prescott Downtown Partnership, Inc.
Sedona Main Street
Show Low Main Street Program
City of Stafford Main Street Program
Vail Connects Arizona
Williams Chamber of Commerce/Main Street
California Main Street Programs that Ms. Lott has provided services for include:
Davis Downtown Business Association
Grass Valley Downtown Association
Eurkea Main Street
Main Street Hanford
Hollister Downtown Association
Kings Beach Main Street Program
Main Street Martinez
North Park Main Street
Paso Robles Main Street
Ocean Beach Main Street Association
Pleasanton Downtown Association
Viva Downtown Redding
New Mexico Main Street Program - In 2005, Ms. Lott began to work for the Department of Economic Development, New Mexico Main Street program providing assistance to the local Main Street communities including business development, business coaching, organizational assistance, promotional strategies, fundraising plans and survey work.
State Main Street Programs - Ms. Lott has also consulted for the following State Main Street Programs:
Iowa Main Street Program
Maine State Main Street program
Nevada State Main Street Program
New Hampshire Main Street program
Vermont State Main Street
Washington State Main Street
Ms. Lott is a skilled facilitator and thoroughly enjoys working with community groups, nonprofits, municipalities, chambers of commerce, tourism agencies and etc. Her consulting practices often includes preparing and distributing on-line surveys, conducting large community visioning sessions, facilitating small group work sessions, presenting final reports to local leadership including state agencies, County boards and City councils, acting as a guest speaker at annual meetings and luncheons and/or participating as a panelist. Over the last two decades, below is a sampling of specific projects that Ms. Lott has provided community outreach and technical assistance services for.
City of South Lake Tahoe Redevelopment Agency – Ski Run Boulevard. Three community visioning meetings to vision for the Ski Run Boulevard area, five small group meetings to form committees and build consensus around two-year action plan.
County of Placer, CA – Tahoe City Downtown Association – Three community visioning meetings to discuss formation of Property based Improvement District, numerous small group meetings to build consensus on five-year management plan, numerous one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders to foster agreement on plan.
Town of Superior Community Development Plan. Working with the Arizona Department of Commerce and the Town of Superior, Ms. Lott assisted with the development of a Town strategic community development plan. Services included consensus-building, facilitation of community visioning meetings, policy development, formation of five community development committees, drafting five-year strategic plan and funding plan, and work plan development for each committee.
City of Globe – 60/70 Highway Curb Appeal Plan. Ms. Lott assisted the City of Globe and the Globe Main Street program with developing a strategic plan to enhance the 17-mile stretch along Hwy 60/70 between Miami and the San Carlos Casino to spur business and economic development. Services included facilitation of three community forums and development of strategic plan with measurable outcomes and benchmarks and a fundraising strategy to support short-term priorities
City of Kingman – Downtown Visioning Town Hall and Main Street Approach. Ms. Lott conducted the "Arizona Main Street Kingman Town Hall Visioning Session" with over 120 individuals attended representing a strong cross-section of the community that included downtown business and property owners, City elected officials and staff, partnering organizations, and residents. Ms. Lott then conducted a second community meeting to solidify the vision for downtown Kingman, identify top priorities, and launch the Main Street Four Point Approach. As a result of the community meetings, two volunteer-based work groups were formed and over the last year, have made great strides in implementing several key projects.
Arizona Commerce Authority - Ms. Lott has been on contract with the Arizona Commerce Authority for the last five years working directly with the Vice President of Work Force assisting with the formation and management of the Aerospace and Manufacturing Sector Partnership, IT Sector Partnership and the Retail Sector Partnership. Services include facilitating visioning sessions with the various sector partners, assisting with the implementation and analysis of on-line surveys, forming committees within each of the three sectors, developing specific work plans for implementation, assisting with managing the committees and preparing reports as needed.
International Sonoran Desert Alliance - Historic Ajo Town site Project, Ajo, AZ. The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) was funded through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Townprogram to improve livability in the town of Ajo, Arizona through creative place-making strategies. ISDA’s main partners on the project were the Pima County and the Conway School of Landscape Design. The focus of the work was on the town’s core public spaces within the Historic Ajo Plaza and the Historic Curley School Campus (approximately 13 acres). Working as part of the design team, Ms. Lott developed and implemented a comprehensive community outreach process that included a series of surveys, focus group interviews, public visioning meetings and community open houses and prepared a written report outlining the results of the survey work, findings and recommendations.
Nogales Port Authority – Conducted a series of community visioning meetings to initiate strategic planning process, small group meetings to define plan and build consensus around priorities, facilitated strategic planning with the 20 member Nogales Port Authority Advisory Board and prepared written five-year strategic plan.
Gilbert Historical Society/Gilbert Historical Museum, Gilbert AZ.The Gilbert Historical Society (GHS) is a private, nonprofit museum and serves as the historical legacy of Gilbert, Arizona. Ms. Lott was contracted to assist the GHS with developing a plan to help ensure the Museum’s future viability and sustainability. Working closely with GHS’s Development Committee and Ms. Kayla Kolar, GHS Executive Director, services included conducting numerous focus group interviews and one-on-one interviews, assembling a Cultural Center Steering Committee and facilitating a series of visioning meetings to reach common goal for potential Center and objectives and assembling a group of prominent Valley architects and landscape architects for a month-long Design Charrette process to provide feedback on planning to date and ideas for the future.
Tourism, Marketing and Branding
Ms. Lott has worked with numerous communities assisting with drafting comprehensive marketing strategies, developing brand recognition programs and outlining promotional and event tactics. Clients that Ms. Lott has provided marketing, tourism development, branding, special event and/or promotional assistance include:
Nevada County Economic Resource Council – Tourism Manager . Ms. Lott was on contract with the Nevada County Economic Resource Council overseeing their tourism division. Services included interfacing with the Tourism Advisory Committee, developing and implementing an eight-month tourism marketing plan that includes trade shows, print and on-line advertising, FAM tour, public relations, consumer e-newsletter and serving as the County’s representative to the State of California’s VisitCalifornia Tourism Commission as well as the Gold Country Visitors Association representing the nine counties along Highway 49.
Shasta Cascade Small Business Development Center. Ms. Lott currently acts as a business advisor for the Shasta Cascade Small Business Development Center in Northern California where she conducts workshops on the topics of branding, marketing, Social Media and advertising and public relation campaigns as well as provides consulting services for non profits to assist with strategic planning, marketing and promotional strategies and organizational capacity.
Michael Baker International, Phoenix Office Urban Planners. Ms. Lott has acted as a specialist for serveral Michael Baker International Consulting teams assisting with the Town of Carefree - Town Center Specific Plan and the City of Peoria - Old Town Block Strategy. Ms. Lott’s primary focus was to assess current downtown promotional and marketing efforts, creating a skeleton Marketing Plan that included new events, promotions and advertising strategies to help strengthen the community’s image or brand as a destination. Services included conducting a series of visioning and community meetings, online surveys, focus group interviews, conducting an assessment of all marketing and promotional activities and preparing goals, objectives and actions as part of the final plan.
RBF Consulting Urban Design Studio. Ms. Lott has acted as a specialist on numerous RBF Consulting, Urban Design Studio consulting teams including the City of Mesquite, NV, City of Perris, CA, the City of Lancaster, CA and the City of Sonora with creating a Downtown Specific Plan for their related downtown business districts. Ms. Lott’s primary focus was to assess current downtown promotional and marketing efforts, creating a skeleton Marketing Plan that included new events, promotions and advertising strategies to help strengthen the community’s image or brand as a destination. Services included conducting a series of visioning and community meetings, online surveys, focus group interviews, conducting an assessment of all marketing and promotional activities and preparing a marketing plan for the Downtown Specific Plan.
PMC. Ms. Lott joined the PMC Consulting team to assist with the Logan Utah Downtown Specific Plan and the Manhattan Beach Downtown Specific Plan. Ms. Lott’s primary focus has been conducting a market study and retail strategy, assessing the promotional and marketing aspects of the plan including conducting a comprehensive survey of the 300 + downtown stakeholders, conducting two workshops on marketing downtown utilizing special events, promotional activities and image campaigns, drafting a marketing plan to support marketing downtown as a destination for residents, visitors and investors.
Suisun Valley, Solano County. Consultant for a comprehensive marketing plan to promote the Suisun Valley area between Sacramento and San Francisco, a relatively unknown destination of wineries and farm stands. The marketing plan was targeted at helping establish the area as a regional agritourism area. The process included a full assessment of the existing promotional and marketing programs, numerous business, individual and group interviews and outreach efforts, working closely with the Suisun Valley growers, City of Fairfield and the Solano Irrigation District, and producing a full marketing plan including goals, objectives, timelines, responsibilities and budget.
City of Marysville. Worked with the City of Marysville and Marysville BID to develop a comprehensive Marketing Plan for the downtown area. Scope included review of all marketing, promotional and event materials, assessment of large events, survey and focus group interviews, brand and logo development, business recruitment marketing piece and written marketing plan that included detailed goals, strategies and action plan, budget and timeline.