Thanks, James Jones, for mentoring contractors at the OBDC Construction Academy – Basic Estimating

The first training session of the OBDC Construction Academy was held on May 24 at the Columbus Library.  Contractors, who are members of the OBDC Planroom, received valuable instruction on estimating a construction project from industry expert James Jones, owner of HCI Inspectors.  The class got one-on-one attention and tips on how to get the “right number” to bid on a project.

James provided his contact information and encouraged the class to keep in touch.

For more information on the OBDC Construction Academy visit

OBDC Construction Academy – Basic Estimating (May 24)

Got your ticket for the May 24 OBDC Basic Estimating Class?  James Jones, an industry expert, will provide insight and tips on how to get “the right numbers” for your next project.  The class is open to OBDC Planroom members only.  Tickets are available at Membership information is online at

Registration is open for the 2023 Winter OBDC Construction Academy

Registration is open for the 2023 Winter OBDC Construction Academy.  The 10-week class is designed to enhance the skills of area construction contractors and suppliers.  Experts from local construction companies will provide best practices and tips. 

The first session will begin on January 10.  Representatives from Smoot Construction, Elford, Inc., Gilbane Building Company, the City of Columbus, and Columbus  City Schools will discuss how to be a good subcontractor/supplier and establish relationships.  

Course offerings include: estimating, basic blueprint reading, contracts, accounting, and bonding/insurance.

Registration is online at

Funding for the program comes from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. The OBDC Construction Academy is sponsored by the City of Columbus Dept. of Finance and Management and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.