Odis Jones recently served as the CEO of the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit. One of the highlights of the work Odis Jones performed for the Detroit utility company was overseeing the complete rebuilding of the power and street lighting grid.
In December of 2016, the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit was able to achieve its goal of rebuilding the city’s power grid as well as putting up 65,000 streetlights. This work has improved public safety by providing lighting to large formerly-unlit or poorly-illuminated areas of the city. This represents a major improvement for Detroit, since about 40% of the existing streetlights were not working before the overhaul was implemented. In keeping with 21st century environmental concerns, the new lights are LEDs, which makes Detroit the first city to be lit entirely by LED streetlights. Although the project cost $185 million, it was completed under budget and ahead of schedule. Rebuilding the grid and replacing the streetlights was a process that was initiated in February of 2014.