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Rural communities in the United States are encountering challenges that threaten the overall state of the land and quality of life experienced by the residents. Populations are on the decline, farms and working …

While many dense cities around the United States are miraculously free from the normal congestion that heavy traffic breeds, city planners are urging leaders to take action.

With 30 years of experience managing cities and helping economies grow from a city and state perspective, Odis Jones is the CEO of Cobblestone Development. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sociology from Central Michigan University and …

I realized that to maximize the value of your talent, you need to be in control of your destiny. What greater way than by owning your own business, where you are in complete control of your future in the return that you get in terms of value.

When I look back at my career, I’ve done a lot to help investors and communities bring together a mosaic of critical components that have formed a basis of economic development deals to create growth in communities. I look at it as the stones symbolizing those critical elements …

Throughout my career in public administration, I have enjoyed being able to develop communities and create an economic impact. Owning my own business that adds value to communities seemed like the best next step. I look at our business model as using stones to build a mosaic …

The prospect of expanding your business can be exciting. When your business has outgrown its current location or your customer base has spread geographically, you may want to expand your business to better keep up with market demands.

Suburbs are expanding farther away from urban centers than ever before. The distance that people are willing to commute for a good job has increased, giving employers in more developed areas a wider geographic reach when it comes to attracting …

When 40 percent of the streetlights in Detroit were out, much of the city was living in the dark. Odis Jones, the CEO of Public Lighting Authority of Detroit, decided that something had to be done. 

A city’s tourism potential depends heavily on the appearance of its downtown area, where most of the action and attraction often takes place. Unfortunately, smaller towns, the same ones that used to have a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of appealing retail stores, are now facing an uphill …

Rural communities in the United States are encountering challenges that threaten the overall state of the land and quality of life experienced by the residents. Populations are on the decline, farms and working lands are being sacrificed for buildings, and …

Real estate agents and prospective buyers are constantly on the look-out, trying to fully grasp the market to secure the finest deal and ensure that there are no unexpected twists to be concerned of. Despite these efforts, the market will continue to pose various challenges in …

My company does a lot of consulting for municipalities.  During this time, while municipalities are figuring out what is their right approach and strategy will be dealing with COVID-19 from a public safety standpoint and a health standpoint, my company, myself, and others in the industry have been focused on how to recover.