Economic Development

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.

Terry Matthews appointed mayor of South Chicago Heights

October 20, 2016 – 11:08 am | 74 views
Terry Matthews appointed mayor of  South Chicago Heights

The South Chicago Heights Board of Trustees met at 7 p.m. October 3 with all trustees present.
As the resignation of former village Mayor David Owen became effective at 6:59 p.m. on that day, the trustees …

SSMMA Executive Director Edward Paesel and retired S. Chicago Heights Mayor Dave Owen recognized at IML conference

October 20, 2016 – 10:23 am | 54 views
Ed Paesel and Dave Owen receive service awards at IML conference

Congratulations to retiring SSMMA Executive Director Ed Paesel and recently retired South Chicago Heights Mayor Dave Owen for receiving awards for their respective decades of service from the Illinois Municipal League. Ed’s recognition plaque is here. …

Calumet area community leaders meet to address flooding issues

October 18, 2016 – 11:06 am | 61 views
RainReady event 10-15-16 courtesy of Molly Oshun

During heavy rains, Bobby Evans places pallets at the edge of his front yard in Dolton so children waiting for the school bus can board without having to wade through an unexpected river.
“One little boy, …

Tinley getting in tune to the big brand era

October 18, 2016 – 10:45 am | 23 views
Tinley Park branding presentation

Everybody wants the slogan.
But let’s get this straight: Tinley Park dropped $85,000 on Roger Brook’s company not for help with a slogan, but help with a brand.
A brand is what you’re known for. A slogan …

FEMA announces notice of funding opportunity for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

October 14, 2016 – 2:38 pm | 31 views
FEMA announces notice of funding opportunity for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on 1/14/16 the annual funding opportunity for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
The Fiscal Year 2016 AFG program will award $310.5 million to enhance the safety of …

Dec. 1: Holiday dinner meeting at Georgios in Orland Park

October 14, 2016 – 2:08 pm | 27 views

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Oct. 22: National Drug Take-Back Day

October 14, 2016 – 1:53 pm | 28 views
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Oct 19: Urban Agriculture in the Millennium Reserve kick-off

October 13, 2016 – 3:30 pm | 28 views

From Rodger Cooley, Coordinator of the Chicago Food Policy Action Council
You are invited to attend the launch session for generating a framework for urban and peri-urban agriculture within the Millennium Reserve boundaries. The event will be …