Odis Jones has spent the last 30 years of his life managing cities and helping economies grow from both a city and state perspective. In 2020, Odis became the President and CEO of Cobblestone Development & Consulting.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Odis attended Central Michigan University with a football scholarship. He graduated with a BAS in Sociology, and continued his education at Western Michigan University, where he received his Master’s in public administration.
From 2000 to 2004, as their city manager, Jones made Obetz, OH, the logistics hub of the Midwest. Next, as the CEO of the Columbus Urban Growth Corporation, he helped redevelop the Gowdy Field in Columbus, OH, into a business park. In 2008, he helped rebuild the skyline in Jersey City, NJ, over four years. Jones then returned to Ohio to help redevelop the waterfront in Cincinnati.
In 2013, Jones served as the CEO of the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit and led the effort to relight the city of Detroit, MI, by rebuilding the city streetlights and electrical grid. More recently, Jones served as City Manager/CEO of Hutto, TX, and led an economic boom that led to over $4 billion of private investment in the community to acquire a new water system.
Odis Jones is currently the CEO of Cobblestone Development & Consulting . He resides in Austin, TX, with his wife and five children, and is an active boater who enjoys the ride of the Great Lakes in Michigan.