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SSMMA’s planning, transportation, housing and economic development efforts contribute to long-term vitality and regional growth.


SSMMA is a partner and a resource for local governments that want to improve housing in their communities.


SSMMA is committed to plans and projects that enhance the region’s transportation and mobility systems.


SSMMA helps leverage technologies in the region that support the demands of business, education and local government.

Regional Quality of Life

SSMMA creates, promotes and delivers consensus-backed, regional solutions that make our communities more livable and protect or enhance our natural environment.

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HITS Balmoral hosts prestigious international horse-jumping competition in Crete

August 18, 2017 – 11:02 am | 5 views

HITS Balmoral Park is again hosting a prestigious horse show jumping event that is being described as the largest event of its kind in the Chicago area’s history.

It is the second week of competition for the event, sanctioned by the Federation Equestre Internationale, or International Federation for Equestrian Sports, with riders from around the world competing.

The Four-Star FEI competition continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday at the park, 26435 S. Dixie Highway, Crete.

The Grand Prix, or finals, will start at 2 p.m. Sunday…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Sept. 28: SSMMA dinner meeting, hosted by Blue Island

August 17, 2017 – 2:22 pm | 16 views
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WHEN: September 28, 2017 (Thursday)
Note: The meeting is later in the month to allow for participation in the IML conference the week prior.  Click here for more info.
6:00 p.m. – Meeting
7:00 p.m. – Reception
7:30 p.m. – …

Metra to boost Hyde Park service, cut some trains to Blue Island, South Chicago

August 17, 2017 – 9:57 am | 19 views
Metra to boost Hyde Park service, cut some trains to Blue Island, South Chicago

Metra will increase service at the Hyde Park and Pullman neighborhood stops along the Metra Electric District line next month, but will cut some trains on the Blue Island and South Chicago branches.
The commuter rail …

Glenwood/South Holland native James Derwinski voted new Metra CEO

August 17, 2017 – 9:53 am | 19 views

Facing a tighter budget, the Metra board of directors on Wednesday decided to look within the agency for its next CEO, turning to a 20-year veteran who is used to dealing with the costs of …

Cook County seeks partners for economic development projects

August 17, 2017 – 9:41 am | 23 views
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…John Yonan, superintendent of the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, shared his vision for specific economic development opportunities during a tour Tuesday of various south suburban sites.
He wanted to talk about 30 projects …

CSEDC/SSMMA and Cook County market benefits of Southland to international companies

August 16, 2017 – 2:25 pm | 79 views

CSEDC, along with Cook County and Canadian National led a Chinese delegation to showcase the Southland and the benefits of investing in it July 28 on a tour and luncheon held at Balagio Ristorante in …

Dental products firm expands facility in Alsip

August 16, 2017 – 2:01 pm | 17 views
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In one area of GC America’s Alsip factory, oversize mixers standing in a row gives the impression you may have stepped into a commercial bakery.
Making impressions is a big part of what the company does, …

CSEDC and Cook County market Chicago Southland in national publication

August 16, 2017 – 12:24 pm | 19 views
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CSEDC and Cook County are marketing the Chicago Southland in a national publication, organized by Intersect Illinois. Click here to see a full-sized version of the ad.

Dolton/other communities welcome newly released interactive map of Chicago’s tree canopy

August 16, 2017 – 10:13 am | 19 views
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In June, the Chicago Regional Tree Initiative and Morton Arboretum released what they say is the most comprehensive tree canopy data set of any region in the U.S., covering 284 municipalities in the Chicago area. …