Founded in 2016


The Cotton Companies is a Real Estate Development and Investment firm located in Columbus, Georgia. Formed in 2016, The Cotton Companies was built on the values instilled in its founder at an early age. Growing up with his hands in the dirt of his grandfather’s development properties, Chris was able to see and learn real estate development from every angle. But more importantly, he was taught the importance of creating spaces and opportunities for growth in his community; this is the essence of what The Cotton Companies strives for in each of its projects. 

The Cotton Companies process begins with a question: how does this project build a better community while also developing a long-term synergetic asset? The Cotton Companies choose purpose-built developments that provide a competitive return financially and an increase in tax revenue, all while positively impacting the surrounding community. 

Our work requires a network of talent and a variety of expertise. Our team was curated to bring added value to all aspects of the real estate development process. The team members specialize in project management, design, business development, asset acquisition and management, urban planning, and commercial investment and development. This gives The Cotton Companies the ability to manage a project from start to finish;  acquisition, planning and design, investment, project management, and securing and managing tenants. We work with some of the best vendors in the region, all of which are aligned with the same community-first values.  Combined, the team is associated with over $185M of investment and development in the Columbus, Georgia area. 

Real Estate Development and Investment

The Cotton Companies’ development and investment arm are completely turn-key for clients. We manage each portion of the process from acquiring the development and investors to securing and managing tenants. We focus on commercial development, adaptive reuse conversions, historical revitalization, and stabilized asset investment. We are an environmentally friendly leader in our community and the commercial real estate industry. We emphasize sustainability, design aesthetics, and community enhancement in each of our projects. We provide clients with a profitable and aesthetically improved asset and a community with a vibrant and connected space. 

Asset Management + Development Consulting & Coordination

Using our same core values, we partner with clients to assess, develop, and manage existing assets. Working with some of the region’s most talented designers, architects, engineers, and contractors, we can help coordinate a development from preproduction to finished project. From financial analysis’ and master planning to purpose-built design and permitting approvals, our team has the vision and experience to transform a property into a financially competitive, community-first space.