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.

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Leaders alarmed about fire staffing bill

April 22, 2014 – 3:43 pm | 7 views

stationMunicipal leaders are sounding the alarm over legislation they say could take decisions regarding fire department staffing levels out of their hands.

Proponents of the measure, which was approved earlier this month by state representatives, say it’s a safety issue, while municipal officials around the Chicago area argue it could further stress already tight budgets…Please click here to read Mike Nolan and Nick Swedberg’s story in the Southtown Star.

Suburban And Downstate Mayors Call For Police And Fire Pension Reform

April 21, 2014 – 11:04 pm | 11 views
Suburban And Downstate Mayors Call For Police And Fire Pension Reform

More than two dozen mayors and village presidents from Chicago’s suburbs and downstate are warning Illinois lawmakers not to forget that they are undergoing a police and fire pension crisis of their own, reports WBBM …

Rep. Robin Kelly marking first year in office

April 21, 2014 – 9:39 pm | 10 views
Rep. Robin Kelly marking first year in office

Rep. Robin Kelly D-Ill. was elected one year ago this month to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.–who is now in prison–and she is marking her first anniversary in office in a speech Monday …

CountyCare info to share with residents

April 21, 2014 – 8:08 pm | 6 views

From CountyCare; please share with your residents:
CountyCare is a health plan that provides coverage to a population that has never been eligible for Medicaid benefits. It is a program administered by Cook County Health and Hospital System …

Several major projects resume, planned for Southland roadways

April 21, 2014 – 5:28 pm | 10 views

After contending with an extended and intense winter driving season, Southlanders can start girding themselves for a road construction season that will see a continuation of major projects that started last year and new work …

SPC News

April 17, 2014 – 7:50 pm | 25 views
SPC News

By Rita Kueny
Ford Announces Factory Cut Off on 2014 Explorer & Taurus Contracts
The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) has been notified by Bredemann Ford of Glenview that Ford Motor Company has cut off factory orders on …

May 21-22: GreenTown Chicago Conference

April 17, 2014 – 3:38 pm | 27 views

Please join GreenTown Chicago to share ideas about creating greener, healthier and more sustainable communities. The two-day conference is cosponsored by the Chicago Metropolitan for Planning (CMAP), the City of Chicago, the Institute of Cultural Affairs, …

Plans for reconstruction of Stuenkel Road are ongoing and extensive

April 16, 2014 – 2:24 pm | 67 views
Plans for reconstruction of Stuenkel Road are ongoing and extensive

…Plans for the reconstruction of Stuenkel Road, which constitutes the northwestern section of University Parkway, have been in the works since the early 1990’s, when the Illinois Department of Transportation first began work on a …

Travis Bandstra named as Lansing’s new economic development director

April 16, 2014 – 2:20 pm | 45 views

A former alumni relations director for Trinity Christian College will take over next month as the new economic development director for municipal government.
The Village Board, by a 5-0 vote with Trustee Julie Butler absent, voted …